Nearly 3 in 10 Americans lost health insurance last year, says study

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A ValuePenguin study revealed that 29 percent lost their plans in 2020, and many remain uninsured. Twenty-nine percent of Americans lost health insurance coverage during 2020, say the results of a ValuePenguin healthcare study. Among those who did lose their coverage, more than half continue to be uninsured in 2021. It should be noted that the study was a limited one, involving only 2,000 participants. Therefore, the accuracy of its representation of nationwide trends has been called into question. That said, the research suggested that 45 percent of consumers seeking…

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Gay couples often struggle to obtain fertility treatment insurance coverage

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Reproductive advocates call for an update to the definition of infertility as it is used by insurers. Gay couples across the United States are struggling to obtain fertility treatment insurance coverage. The reason is that the term “infertility” is typically defined by insurers using heterosexual terms. Conventional coverage requires couples to try to conceive for a year via intercourse to be eligible. In the majority of states, fertility treatment insurance will require a woman who doesn’t have a male partner to attempt intrauterine insemination as many as one dozen times…

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Belviq and Cancer: Can You Sue?

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The diet drug Belviq was pulled from the shelves in early 2020 because of a new study showing multiple cancer risks. Read on to find out if you may be eligible for legal recourse after developing cancer following a Belviq regimen. What is Belviq? Belviq, also known as lorcaserin and which additionally comes in an extended-release form, was produced by the company Eisai Incorporated. Belviq is a drug prescribed for weight loss, and functions as an appetite suppressant by activating a particular serotonin receptor found in the brain’s hypothalamus. After…

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Actors sue SAG-AFTRA health plan over coverage loss

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The changes made to the union policy has made it more difficult for performers to renew their coverage. A group of Screen Actors Guild members are suing the SAG-AFTRA health plan and its board of trustees. The complaint was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging a breach of fiduciary duty, among other accusations. The plan recently announced that it would be more difficult for many actors to renew their coverage. The changes made to the SAG-AFTRA health plan were announced this summer. Trustees implemented the changes in the…

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The 2021 average annual cost of health insurance for Americans will fall by 1.59 percent

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According to a recent study, the average yearly premiums to be paid across the US will be $5,952. As Americans look to their 2021 coverage options, a recent ValuePenguin study shows that the average annual cost of health insurance will be falling. The amount individual households will pay will vary from one state and one home to the next. The study showed that Americans, on average across the country, will be paying nearly $500 per month for their plans. The annual cost of health insurance as a national average was…

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The percentage of kids without Pennsylvania health insurance is rising

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The trend had been steady in 2018, but the segment of uninsured children in the state has climbed. In 2018, Pennsylvania health insurance data showed that the rate of uninsured kids had been holding study. However, last year, showed that the trend broke and more children were going without coverage. There are concerns that this situation could worsen as families face COVID-19 pandemic fallout. The Pennsylvania health insurance uninsured rate among children aged 18 years and younger hit 4.6 percent. That grew by 0.2 percent from 2018 and 2019, according…

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High health care costs still “catastrophic” to millions despite insurance coverage

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High price tags for services and drugs remain a problem, despite widening ACA cover, says study. High health care costs can be detrimentally high for millions of Americans, even when they are already covered by insurance plans, says a new study. The price of medical necessities such as an insulin kit, for example, often make them cost-prohibitive. The study was recently published in JAMA and showed that even with insurance coverage, worries about high health care costs remain in place. Even as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to gain…

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