Many consumers lack an understanding of health insurance terms

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New study highlights the education problem that pervades the insurance sector Health insurance in the United States has evolved since the Affordable Care Act and many consumers may still be unaware of how marketplaces have changed. A new study from the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy shows that many people still do not understand certain insurance terms. This lack of understanding is highest among those who have purchased coverage through state insurance exchanges. Some 1.3 million people have acquired coverage, but nearly half…

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Health insurance premiums are on the rise in Australia

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Large insurers are raising rates by a significant margin Several of Australia’s largest health insurance providers, including Medibank Private Limited and NIB, will be increasing premiums in the coming days. These insurers have been raising premiums annually for the past few years, which has placed many consumers under greater financial pressure. Some of the country’s insurers have also been accused of offering “junk” policies, which offer consumers very limited coverage. With higher premiums and the abundance of these junk policies, many consumers may opt to go without health insurance coverage…

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Taxpayers to commit $660 billion for health insurance subsidies in the US

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Subsidies to help cover the cost of coverage for those over the age of 65 are growing This year, taxpayers in the United States will commit more than $660 billion to help subsidize health insurance coverage for those over the age of 65, according to the. The federal agency has released one of its most comprehensive reports concerning the cost of subsidized insurance coverage, highlighting the potential these subsidies have to reduce the national deficit. According to the report, the 2016 tax bill accounts for 3.6% of the country’s gross…

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Friendsurance raises funding to support its innovative take on health insurance

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Friendsurance raises $15.3 million in latest round of funding led by Horizon Ventures A unique type of health insurance company has emerged to raise a significant amount of funding to aid its expansion. Friendsurance, a peer-to-peer insurance company, has announced that it has raised $15.3 million in funding, led by Horizon Ventures. The insurer aims to change the way people look at insurance coverage and how they acquire this coverage and handle premiums. The company may be able to change the way that insurance works in the future through its…

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Australian companies accused of selling “junk” health insurance policies

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Consumer advocacy group Choice calls out private insurance providers in Australia Three of Australia’s largest private health insurance companies have been named by Choice, a consumer advocacy group, for offering what it calls “junk” policies. According to Choice, these policies are expensive, but provide relatively little benefits when compared to what can be obtained through Australia’s Medicare system. Policies obtained through this system are less expensive and may be a better option for consumers that need insurance coverage. Junk policies provide less than 1% coverage for several medical services Among…

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Single-payer system could secure health insurance for millions

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Open letter highlights the potential benefits of a single-payer health care system Some 560 medical professionals and medical students have come together to issue an open letter concerning the renewed debate concerning health insurance in the United States. With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing, politicians have been highlighting the merits of a single-payer health care system. Such a system involves the state, rather than insurance companies, paying for all health care costs. Many believe such a system would make it easier for people to acquire health insurance coverage.…

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21 million people could lose their health insurance coverage under Trump plan

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Analysis shows repealing the Affordable Care Act could have dire consequences The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has released an analysis of the health care plan proposed by presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The analysis suggests that Trump’s plan could result in approximately 21 million people losing their health insurance coverage. It may also cost some $270 billion over 10 years, if it was implemented. Another analysis from the Congressional Budget Office suggests that as many as 22 million people could lose their health insurance coverage if Trump’s plan is…

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