Florida children’s health insurance available to parents who lose their jobs

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The state is making coverage available to kids in families that have experienced layoffs. Florida children’s health insurance is being made available to families in which parents have lost their jobs and, therefore, their employer-based coverage. The state has created a program to assist families that have lost their jobs and the benefits that went with them. The Florida children’s health insurance program is called Florida Kidcare. Its purpose is to make medical and dental coverage affordable for families with kids and that lost their benefits due to layoffs. The…

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Special Maryland health insurance enrollment period begins to boost coverage

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As a state of emergency is declared Marylanders have a new opportunity to obtain a plan. A special Maryland health insurance enrollment window has opened to help uninsured residents of the state obtain coverage for added financial protection against coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange reopened. The Maryland health insurance enrollment window opened back up again to make sure that residents in the state had an extra chance to purchase coverage during this outbreak. Uninsured Marylanders have the opportunity to…

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US health insurance gaps may accelerate COVID-19 spread

US health insurance gaps - COVID-19 Testing

Over 27 million people across the United States lack coverage, which can reduce testing and treatment. The substantial US health insurance gaps that remain across the country could feed the spread of the novel coronavirus. As about 9 percent of the American population – around 27 million people – lack a health plan, testing and treatment comes with a cost they may not be able to afford. Without coverage people may delay going to get tested or treated or they may not do it at all. In the state of…

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Six states and DC sue Trump administration over abortion insurance coverage mandate

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser called the separate billing policy an administrative nightmare. Six states and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump administration over an abortion insurance coverage billing mandate. This regulation requires insurers to submit a second, separate invoice for reproductive health care. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy became effective last Tuesday. The new HHS mandate applies to states that permit insurers on their individual exchanges to sell reproductive health and abortion insurance coverage. The lawsuit is led by California and was…

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New Covered California enrollment jumps 41 percent

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State officials credit the new individual mandate to the rise in health insurance exchange use. The new Covered California enrollment figures have risen sharply since the state introduced its new individual mandate and offered residents additional subsidies on top of those already provided through the Affordable Care Act. The state implemented new rules for its residents for this year’s open enrollment period. There were 418,000 new people added to the Covered California enrollment during the 2020 open application period. That represents a tremendous increase of 41 percent over the new…

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California eases its health insurance individual mandate requirements

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State officials loosened the law out of concern that many residents aren’t aware of the fines. Out of concerns that too many California residents don’t understand the consequences of failing to comply with the health insurance individual mandate, the law has been eased. The worry was that many Californians aren’t aware of the fines they face for failing to buy coverage. The health insurance individual mandate is meant to help encourage Californians to purchase a plan. The idea is, in part, to create an incentive to purchase a health plan…

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Insurers accuse Texas of improperly choosing health insurance contract winners

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Over half a dozen plans have launched appeals to STAR+PLUS contract decisions. Texas health insurance contract choices have been placed in the spotlight as insurers accuse the state of making its choices improperly. The contracts being appealed were chosen for Texas’ privatized program for blind, disabled and elderly residents. Texas is aiming to award various types of health insurance contract with a total value of about $10 billion. To apply for consideration, applications must take a standardized test-like process and score well. Applicants are health insurers that want to be…

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