U.S. Justice Department joins appeals Supreme Court to hear case concerning federal insurance mandate

The U.S. Justice Department has joined the call from 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business for the Supreme Court to take up the issue of the federal insurance mandate that will be enacted in 2014. The mandate is part of the Affordable Care Act health care law brings major changes to the nation’s health care system. Now that the Justice Department has involved itself, the Supreme Court is likely to hear the case and reach a conclusion on the matter by the middle of 2012. The health…

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Georgian judges rule against federal health insurance mandate

A federal appeals court in Atlanta, Georgia, has ruled against the federal insurance mandate as laid out by the Affordable Care Act. The ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is only the second in the nation where judges founding the mandate unconstitutional. This is a major victory for opponents of the health insurance mandate as the ruling will hasten the law to the Supreme Court where its ultimate fate will be decided. Georgia has opposed the concept of a federally imposed health insurance mandate since the law was…

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Study shows employer-sponsored health insurance is becoming more costly, maybe due to federal insurance mandate

A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit health care organization, has uncovered a startling trend concerning the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance. The study shows that the cost of health insurance for employers has been rising at a rapid pace this year, which runs contrary to reports citing moderate increases to insurance rates. Exactly why rates are currently soaring to new heights is unknown, but researchers from the foundation speculate that it may be due to the federal insurance mandate which requires all people to have health…

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Individual health insurance market gives healthcare reform a boost

CIGNA, the health insurance company, has launched an ad campaign for $25 million that is geared toward strengthening its business in the individual market. According to the Wall Street Journal, individual policies comprise only between 1 and 2 percent of CIGNA’s current revenue. The majority of the insurer’s profits are from insurance that is employer-based. However, as a result of the new healthcare reform laws, individual markets are about to become significantly more lucrative. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that by the year 2019, there will…

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A news study shows the costs of health care are rising as well as uninsured rate

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization championing a more efficient health care system, shows that as the costs of health insurance rise, the number of people with health insurance plummets. The report cites growing tensions within the economy as consumers struggle to cope with higher costs of living and widespread job loss. In 2010, the organization estimated that 29 million people did not have health insurance, a number that had been 16 million seven years before. Among those losing health insurance coverage are those with jobs.…

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Legislation to give California insurance regulators more power is pulled from the Legislature

For the past several months, California legislators have been toiling over a bill that would give the state’s insurance regulators expansive new powers. The bill would have expanded upon regulator’s authority and enabled them to reject or revive insurance rate proposals from the state’s insurance companies. The bill has generated a fair amount of opposition, especially from insurers who are loathe to see regulators wielding more authority. Now the future of the bill is uncertain, as its author, Assemblyman Mike Feuer of Los Angeles, pulls it from consideration. Feuer’s legislation…

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Michigan Supreme Court rules in favor of insurance company denying coverage for stem cell surgery

Stem cell research is a controversial issue. While the issue is primarily comprised of its uses in medicine, the controversy extends well into the insurance industry. As new methods of treatment emerge, insurance companies must weigh the risks involved with such treatments and what implications could be made to their policies. Most insurers cringe away from covering medical procedures that have a limited history of use, arguing that the risks involved with such things as stem cell surgeries are immeasurable. The fears insurers harbor over the issue may have been…

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