Under half of American adults have basic health insurance literacy

Health insurance - Confusion about coverage

People across the US have widespread misconceptions about important coverage concepts. Many adults across the United States have a weak health insurance literacy, according to a new Forbes Advisor survey. Americans are struggling with issues such as basic terms and concepts regarding their coverage. The survey from Forbes Advisor showed that as much as 77 percent of Americans were confused by basic terms used in their health insurance policies, such as co-payment, co-insurance and deductible. The survey was conducted online and involved the participation of 2,000 US adults with a…

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Covered California rates announced and they’re on their way up

Covered California - Health Insurance rate increase

Coverage purchased through the state health insurance marketplace will rise by an average of 6 percent. The Covered California rates have been announced for next year, and the cost of coverage will be increasing by an average of 6 percent for 2023. Officials cautioned that coverage could be far more expensive for some if federal aid isn’t renewed by Congress. They cautioned that some consumers could see their premiums as much as doubling if Congress chooses not to renew federal aid. The rate hike announcement represents the largest increase Covered…

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Americans’ third biggest living expense is health insurance

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Premiums have risen to the point that they require 10.69 percent of an average annual salary. Health insurance premiums comprise a large amount of the average annual income of Americans and consumers are being forced to weigh their priority with other essential expenses, say the results of a new NiceRx study. The premiums paid represent about one dollar out of every ten the average American earns. To arrive at its results, the researchers from NiceRx used data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Value Penguin, World Population Review, and Patriot…

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New York health insurance rates could rise by double digits

Health insurance Coverage Rates - New York

Both consumers and small businesses alike are expected to see the rise in monthly premiums. New York health insurance companies are currently filing for rate hikes to be applied in 2023 on their small group plans and for individual consumers. Insurers are seeking to hike rates as much as 46 percent on plans covering companies with under 100 employees. New York health insurance companies have also asked for increases as high as 35 percent for customers who aren’t a part of groups with plans, but who will be buying their…

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California health insurance to be made available for undocumented immigrants

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The coverage will be offered to the millions of people in the state who spend and pay taxes there. Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that California health insurance will be offered to all undocumented immigrants throughout the state. This will make the state the first in the country to make the plans available to all undocumented immigrants. “This is a victory for the millions of undocumented Californians who contribute $3.7 billion in state and local taxes and over $40 billion in spending power to our economy ever year,” said State…

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California health insurance can help people find housing in the state

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A new experimental plan has been rolled out through Medi-Cal for added support to plan members. A new experimental California health insurance program has been launched to help ease the massive homelessness crisis occurring across the state. The idea is that state residents will be able to obtain housing assistance through their coverage. The program is called CalAIM. It is a unique, experimental California health insurance program that brings healthcare together with housing across the state for the first time. This new strategy allows certain Medi-Cal recipients that are at…

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Health insurance expansion headed to Oregon and Kentucky

Health insurance - ACA - Road Sign

The states have dug into a little-used Affordable Care Act policy to help close coverage gap. Kentucky and Oregon have grabbed hold of a little-used Affordable Care Act provision that will make it possible to create a health insurance plan for people with household incomes too high to qualify for the Medicaid programs in their states. The Obama-era policy makes it possible to create the new plan with the support of federal funds. Oregon and Kentucky are hoping that the introduction of these new health insurance plans through the application…

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