Affordable Care Act decreased health insurance racial disparities, study

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New research shows that Obamacare has made coverage more accessible to black and Hispanic adults. The Affordable Care Act (A.C.A.) caused a substantial reduction in racial disparities within health insurance access and coverage. This was particularly true among black and Hispanic adults, said a Commonwealth Fund report. The trend was particularly prevalent in the states that broadened their Medicaid eligibility. Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, racial disparities were found to be substantially larger than what is reflected in the most recent available data. In 2013, the gap…

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Cigna and Oscar Insurance Partnership to Sell Small Business Health Plans

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The insurers have announced they will be launching the products in several U.S. markets. Cigna and Oscar Health have announced their intentions to launch small business health plans across a number of commercial markets in the United States. The partnership intends to move forward with the move together, letting them split the potential risk. Oscar is an insurance company best known for selling individual plans on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. The company has been seeking to broaden its offerings in a growing number of American individual and small business…

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Obamacare enrollment through HealthCare.gov has dropped to 8.3 million

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Those figures are about 200,000 lower than they were at the same time last year. New HealthCare.gov data has shown that Obamacare enrollment has dropped by about 200,000 since last year. This has brought the current numbers to 8.3 million on the federal exchange site, said the U.S. government. The data is only preliminary, but it indicates that Americans haven’t enrolled at the same rate. The Obamacare enrollment data includes only the sign-ups made through the HealthCare.gov federal exchange site. It includes the numbers as of December 17, and therefore…

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Affordable Care Act health insurance mandate struck down in federal appeals court

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Judges have sent back the case to decide if other components of Obamacare can remain without it. Last week, a federal appeals court struck down the health insurance mandate component of the Affordable Care Act. This ruling involved the portion of Obamacare that made it a requirement for Americans to purchase coverage, calling it unconstitutional. That said, the remainder of the ACA has not been invalidated, but has instead been sent back. The appeals panel did not rule on the remainder of the Affordable Care Act beyond the health insurance…

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California residents with no health insurance risk tax penalties

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Uninsured people living in the state may have to shell out for failing to enroll in a health plan. California residents are being advised that a new state law says that if they have no health insurance, they may face a significant tax penalty. This regulation would apply to next year’s health plans and those in following years. That said, it’s important to note that not all people with no health insurance will be required to pay. There are certain exceptions that will allow some residents to be able to…

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Federal judge denies Trump’s push to block immigration visas without proof of health insurance

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Judge Michael Simon in Oregon ruled against the administration’s demand for coverage confirmation. A federal judge in Oregon has ruled against the Trump administration’s requirement for legal immigrants to show proof of health insurance in order to receive a State Department visa. The judge determined that the requirement would conflict with the Immigration and Nationality Act. According to Judge Michael Simon’s ruling, “the President’s Proclamation requiring legal immigrants to show proof of health insurance before being issued a visa by the State Department is inconsistent with the INA.” This is…

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College students on Medicaid told to purchase private health plans or leave

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Brigham Young University-Idaho no longer accepts the free government insurance program. Students on Medicaid at Brigham Young University-Idaho recently discovered that the school no longer accepts the free government insurance program. The unusual announcement was made as the college’s students began winter semester enrollment. The number of students on Medicaid is expected to rise in Idaho in January as the free government health insurance program expands starting in 2020. Brigham Young University-Idaho, like a large number of post-secondary institutions, requires all its students to have health coverage. However, this month…

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