More kids have health insurance now than before the pandemic

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Coverage levels rose throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, likely due to a congressional provision. The percentage of American children who didn’t have health insurance coverage decreased notably throughout the pandemic, likely due to a congressional provision that stopped states from dropping anyone with Medicaid throughout the worst of it. The uninsurance rate among children in 2021 was 5.4 percent compared with 5.7 percent in 2019. The year before the pandemic struck, the percentage of kids without health insurance coverage was 5.7 percent. That figure fell to 5.4 percent last year, already…

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Most Americans think US healthcare could be better handled

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According to a poll, this sentiment is particularly strong when it comes to care for older adults. Less than half of Americans feel that the US healthcare system is being handled well, according to the results of a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Less than half of the survey participants said they felt that they were satisfied with the way it is managed. Among the survey respondents, only a tiny 12 percent said that they felt US healthcare was handled very well or…

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7 percent of Illinois residents are without health insurance

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New US census data shows that state uninsured rates climbed just slightly between 2020 and 2021. Last year in Illinois, 7 percent of residents were without health insurance coverage, according to recently released data from the US Census. This number represents about 875,000 people across the state who don’t have medical coverage. When compared to 2020, this represented a slight increase in the number of people who didn’t have health insurance. That year, the uninsured rate in the state was about 6.8 percent. That said, the margin of error this…

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New Hampshire provides insurance premium support to birthing centers

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The state is offering assistance to the centers, and other birthing support and care such as midwives. New Hampshire has announced that they are offering insurance premium assistance to birthing centers and home birth midwives in order to help them to remain in business as rates skyrocket. Malpractice coverage rates have gone through the roof, threatening many businesses in this sector. According to a recent Seacoast Online article, one birthing care provider experienced a $40,000 per year spike in insurance premiums, representing a 250 percent increase over the previous year.…

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Health care costs propelled skyward by labor, inflation, and insurance rates

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There are several factors all contributing to the rising cost associated with medical services and products. Consumer prices are rising across the country, but it hasn’t been specifically determined how much higher health care costs will be headed skyward and how quickly. Product and labor costs alike have been rapidly climbing throughout the United States. With consumer prices climbing as they are, health care expenses are expected to go with them, which will send insurance rates upward in 2023 as well. According to a presentation by the Kaiser Family Foundation,…

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“Leading Idaho” plan slashes 12 percent from health insurance costs

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A key waiver in the plan is meant to help ensure that coverage is accessible to more state residents. The State of Idaho recently achieved a key milestone in its “Leading Idaho” plan in the form of a waiver that will reduce the cost of health insurance for state residents, helping to make the coverage more broadly available, according to an announcement from Governor Brad Little. The state’s innovation waiver is expected to reduce the average premiums by 12 percent. “Idahoans benefited from another win from our ‘Leading Idaho’ plan…

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Dental insurance brings most US adults peace of mind

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A Delta Dental study found that the coverage eased concerns of 89 percent of US adults. Dental insurance not only provides coverage for oral health care, but most people also find that it provides them with comfort in knowing that they have the added protection, according to a recently released 2022 State of America’s Oral Health and Wellness Report. The report is a nationwide analysis of US consumer oral health opinions and behaviors. The research was commissioned by the Delta Dental insurance company. It focused on US adults and parents…

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