Nearly all nonprofit health insurance co-ops are shutting down

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Of the approximately two dozen that existed during the first few years of ACA, only 3 will soon remain. In the early days of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there were about two dozen nonprofit healthy insurance co-ops. However, now that New Mexico Health Connections announced it will be shutting down at the close of 2020, that number will fall to only 3. Among the three remaining, one is in Maine, one is in Wisconsin and one is in Idaho and Montana. That last of the nonprofit health insurance co-ops…

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NY Gov Cuomo announces insurance fraud action against opioid manufacturers

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The state department of financial services filed the charges against internationals Allergan and Teva. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has filed insurance fraud action against international opioid manufacturers Teva and Allergan. The DFS’ filing claims that the firms engaged in dubious marketing strategies for their drugs. The insurance fraud action alleges that Teva and Allergan had engaged in fraudulent marketing and promotional campaigns. Those campaigns, said the filing, misrepresented the effectiveness and safety of opioid drugs in order to broaden the opioid…

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Reproductive health care coverage is shrinking due to widespread job losses

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The pandemic crisis job losses are especially hard on younger women and women of color. The immediate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is clearer to see than issues such as shrinking access to reproductive health care coverage. Young women and women of color are being hit hardest by job losses and therefore coverage loss. Health plans are linked to employment for approximately half of Americans. This means that any of those 160 million people who lose their jobs also risk losing their health plans and, therefore, their reproductive health…

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Massachusetts insurance enrollment remains strong as unemployment spikes

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The state has the country’s worst unemployment rate, but residents are keeping up their coverage. Massachusetts insurance enrollment has remained strong despite the state’s unemployment rate, which is currently the worst in the United States. New data has revealed that despite losing their jobs, consumers have kept their health plans. The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) revealed new data last week which showed that overall Massachusetts insurance enrollment stayed essentially stable through May. At that time, there were more than 6.4 million residents of the state covered by…

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Kentucky health insurance marketplace prepares to restart

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The state intends to restart Kynect, its own exchange allowing residents to enroll in plans. Governor Andy Beshear has announced the state’s intention to reopen Kynect, the Kentucky health insurance marketplace. The exchange makes it possible for residents who don’t have coverage through an employer to enroll in a plan or sign up for Medicaid if they are eligible. The exchange was originally dismantled in 2017 by former Governor Matt Bevin. Kentucky Voices for Health director of policy advocacy Cara Stewart explained that state residents who want to purchase coverage…

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Cosmetic surgery insurance claims way down as millions of procedures postponed

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Elective procedures have been delayed by weeks, months, or longer due to the pandemic. Cosmetic surgery insurance claims have ground to a virtual halt as elective surgeries face massive postponement waits due to the pandemic crisis. Hospitals are battling with months of backlog for surgeries to meet medical requirements. Around the world, hospitals and clinics have had to cut back on the number of routine procedures they are able to perform in order to maintain patient and staff safety, said a report in the Economist. This measure was also taken…

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2 in 3 Americans don’t understand health insurance options if they lose coverage

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New research shows that 68 percent don’t know what they could do if their plan wasn’t available. The majority of Americans don’t know what health insurance options are available to them in the incident that they lose their existing coverage. This is a troubling statistic as this scenario is currently an unfortunate reality for millions of Americans. Layoffs resulting from the pandemic have left many people without their employer sponsored health plans. Regardless, only just under 1 in 3 people know the options available to them. The healthinsurance.com survey determined…

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