Minnesota health insurance rates to remain ‘stable’ for 2020

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The state’s Department of Commerce released this statement just ahead of the open enrollment period. Minnesota health insurance rates will be “stable” in plans sold for 2020, said the state Department of Commerce. The department released a report this week revealing the proposed rate changes made by insurers. The report showed the proposed changes to Minnesota health insurance rates for 2020 for individual plans. The report showed that the proposed changes would range from a considerable decrease of 20 percent up to a possible 0.18 percent increase. The range for…

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State insurance regulators start approving rate hikes to cover Trump’s slashed subsidies

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Officials in Maryland have already given their approval to the last minute increases, but others are following. Insurance regulators in many states are starting to look into last minute health plan rate increases to compensate for the elimination of Affordable Care Act subsidies. Michigan officials have warned that they are already looking into the increases that they are likely to approve. At the same time, Maryland insurance regulators have already given their approval to the rate hikes. These increases are a direct response to President Trump’s executive order that eliminated…

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Health insurance premiums and deficit climb with Trump’s mountain of threats

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The Congressional Budget Office released a statement outlining the financial impact if the president goes ahead with his plans. Health insurance premiums for the most popular plans are going to spike by 20 percent in 2018 if President Trump moves forward with his current threats to the Affordable Care Act. This data was released by the Congressional Budget Office. It also said Trump’s plans would harm the federal budget deficits by increasing them by $194 billion. The federal deficit would suffer by nearly 200 billion over the next ten years…

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Colorado insurance commissioner points finger at Trump administration for massive rate hikes

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Marguerite Salazar says that uncertainty generated by the president led to the 27 percent rate hike requests. Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar’s department received requests for 27 percent rate hikes in the individual market and 7.3 percent for small group. The commissioner is not happy and blames the Trump administration for the uncertainty they’ve created within the market. Salazar said the games played by the Trump administration have caused the health insurance market to become unstable. The result of these actions, said the Colorado insurance commissioner, was huge 2018 rate…

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Health insurance deadlines extended in many states to support insurers

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Providers are being given more time to make their filings due to uncertainty with legislation. The Affordable Care Act continues to stand as it was despite Trumps efforts to repeal it, leading states to extend health insurance deadlines. Without any certainty regarding the White House’s strategy to change legislation, states are giving insurance companies more time to submit their 2018 rates. Among those states include New Hampshire, Colorado and Kentucky, which have moved deadlines to June. The health insurance deadlines in those states had previously been in April or May.…

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Insurance industry slams Paul Ryan for lack of comprehension

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The internet and social media lit up when the Speaker of the House of Representatives made a strange declaration about health insurance. The insurance industry was shocked by a recent statement from Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan. He recently expressed his displeasure with the fact that premiums from healthy individuals are being used to subsidize the premiums of sick people. Social media, particularly Twitter, immediately blew up to inform Ryan that this is how insurance works. The insurance industry – including professionals and consumers alike – took…

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Americans are shopping outside health insurance exchanges for coverage

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Millions of people are buying health plans off the marketplaces to avoid massive rate hikes. As premiums are headed skyward at many health insurance exchanges, people are looking for alternatives. Many Americans have decided to stop shopping in those official markets. Instead, they are purchasing health plans through insurance companies off the exchanges. The purpose is to try to avoid being faced with the rate hikes that are often in the double digits. The Obama administration is working to reverse this trend. The goal is to make health insurance exchanges…

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