Governor Kemp’s Georgia health insurance changes get the federal nod

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The state will become the first in the country to offer federally subsidized plans only through private brokers. The Georgia health insurance system will make the state the first one in the country to offer its residents fully subsidized plans exclusively through private brokers. This will occur as a result of a new plan under approval by the Trump administration. Another portion of this plan will offer Medicaid to certain adults in the lowest income bracket. This new Georgia health insurance rule will mean that able-bodied adults will have access…

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Breast cancer disability insurance claim length average dropped by 2 weeks

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Survivors are heading back to work notably sooner than had previously been recorded. Claims on breast cancer disability insurance have been a top cause of this type of coverage for more than a decade. However, the length of those claims has been getting shorter. In fact, survivors have shortened their time off work by an average of about two weeks. In 2019, the average length of a short-term breast cancer disability insurance claim was 64 days. In 2010, that figure was 78 days. This shows a meaningful change in trends…

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Employer sponsored health insurance costs are up 4 percent this year

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The Kaiser Family Foundation data also showed that they have risen by 55 percent in 10 years. Employer sponsored health insurance costs have been rising steadily for Americans, having increased by 4 percent to $21,342 this year, according to a recently published Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) study. The annual KFF survey found that workers are paying almost $5,600 for their coverage this year. KFF’s annual survey determined that American workers are paying almost $5,600 int their employer sponsored health insurance for family coverage. In 2010, that figure had been closer…

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Walmart health plans for seniors available in time for 2021 open enrollment

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The retail giant is selling the policies for Medicare medical and drug benefits that will begin next year. Walmart health plans are launching through a new brokerage that will make the policies available in time for seniors to enroll during the Medicare medical and drug benefit open enrollment for 2021. Seniors will be able to enroll in this coverage this fall throughout the open enrollment period. The retailer announced the move earlier this week, bringing Walmart health plans into heavy competition within an industry facing a rapidly increasing number of…

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Stage actors face lost health insurance while already dealing with unemployment

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The fund covering thousands of performers requires a minimum number of weeks worked. Following the theater industry lockdown, stage actors who are already struggling with unemployment are now facing lost health insurance. The fund that provides them with medical coverage requires them to work a minimum number of weeks in order to qualify. Professional actors and stage managers must work 11 weeks to qualify for six months of coverage. Since the theater industry is shutdown, stage actors and managers cannot work in that industry at all, making it very difficult…

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Delaware dental insurance plan begins for low-income adults

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October 1 marked the start of the additional coverage as a part of Medicaid across the state. Starting yesterday, adults in Delaware who receive Medicaid will automatically receive a dental insurance plan as a part of their coverage. Governor John Carney signed the legislation to make this possible back in August 2019. The dental insurance plan was originally scheduled to be added to Delaware’s Medicaid in April 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed things until October 1, instead. Therefore, as of yesterday, people aged 19 through 65 years old who…

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Americans killed by COVID-19 complication least likely to have life insurance coverage

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Insurers in the US are paying out far less than expected in connection with pandemic related deaths. When the pandemic first struck the United States, insurers had assumed that payouts for life insurance coverage would sharply spike. They had predicted that deaths from COVID-19 complications would lead payouts to skyrocket. However, several months in, they are finding that they aren’t paying out nearly as many claims as expected. This is largely because those dying from the virus have disproportionately low or lacking insurance. Over the last few weeks, a number…

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