HHS reports 6 million people received health insurance on the New Year

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6 million new policies go active The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that nearly 6 million people now have active health insurance due to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Approximately 2 million people have received coverage from private insurers while 4 million have received coverage through government programs. The agency claims that this represents a major victory for the health care law and shows that insurance exchanges have managed to perform well despite their initial problems. 2 million people find coverage through exchanges According…

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Health insurance exchanges may fall short on enrollment

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Exchanges continue to struggle with technical problems Ongoing problems with the federal insurance exchange network in the U.S. may mean that the enrollment goals for HealthCare.gov may be impossible to meet. Exchanges throughout the country began operation on October 1, 2013, but relatively few people have been able to apply for coverage through exchanges managed by the federal government. Severe technical issues crippled HealthCare.gov in its early weeks, making it impossible for many people to apply for health insurance coverage through the federal exchange network. Agency lowers estimates concerning enrollment…

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Wisconsin health insurance estimates called into question

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Health insurance predictions questioned by advocacy groups The Wisconsin government has released information this week that provides an estimate for the rates associated with health insurance plans that will be sold through the state’s exchange system. This exchange will begin open enrollment on October 1, with policies sold through the exchange going active on January 1 of 2014. The exchange is meant to be a place where consumers can find affordable health insurance policies. The problem, however, is that some health care advocacy groups are calling into question whether the…

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Kaiser releases estimates for health insurance tax credits

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Health insurance tax credits subject of new Kaiser analysis Next year in the U.S., all citizens aged 18 and above will be required to purchase and maintain health insurance coverage due to federal law. This is one of the most controversial aspects of the Affordable Care Act, but the federal government has been working to highlight the fact that the law allows for consumers to receive financial assistance from the government when purchasing insurance coverage. This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation has released information concerning the financial aid that people…

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Census Bureau releases county coverage estimates for health insurance

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a report that provides the health insurance coverage estimates for 2008 and 2009 in all of the country’s approximately 3,140 counties. The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) remains the singular source of health insurance coverage estimates for every one of the nation’s counties. The estimates are provided by age group, gender, income-to-poverty ratios, and race and Hispanic origins (by state only) in terms of relevant data for the new healthcare laws and other health systems and programs. This data provides local planners with…

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