Health insurance access boost on its way to DACA immigrants

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The Biden administration has expanded availability for those in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Biden administration has announced that expanded health insurance access will be rolling out for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The announcement was made from the White House This health insurance announcement for DACA program members addresses a sensitive issue and has arrived at a time when elections are approaching.  This move will open up the ability to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act for about 100,000 people who…

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Virginia Senator Kaine seeks Affordable Care Act health insurance changes

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Along with Senator Baldwin, changes to the ACA Essential Health Benefits are sought Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are seeking to update the Essential Health Benefits in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans. The current ACA plans are required to cover 10 categories Among the categories Affordable Care Act health insurance plans must cover are mental health services and prescription drugs. According to Virginia Health Catalyst CEO Sarah Bedard Holland, failure to act will only allow the current medical debt crisis to worsen. “Four in 10…

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Are health insurance companies required to cover home COVID-19 tests?

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The Biden-Harris Administration announced that insurers and group plans must cover FDA-approved tests. This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that health insurance companies and group plans will be required to cover FDA-approved home COVID-19 tests as of January 15. As of January 15, policyholders will be able to obtain those home tests without out-of-pocket costs. “This is all part of our overall strategy to ramp-up access to easy-to-use, at-home tests at no cost,” said Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Since we took…

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Six states and DC sue Trump administration over abortion insurance coverage mandate

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser called the separate billing policy an administrative nightmare. Six states and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump administration over an abortion insurance coverage billing mandate. This regulation requires insurers to submit a second, separate invoice for reproductive health care. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy became effective last Tuesday. The new HHS mandate applies to states that permit insurers on their individual exchanges to sell reproductive health and abortion insurance coverage. The lawsuit is led by California and was…

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Health insurance mismanagement sparks controversy in Nebraska

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Nebraska health insurance program found to be poorly managed Controversy has erupted in Nebraska as state auditor Mike Foley has discovered that millions of dollars in Medicaid-related health insurance payments have been mismanaged by Nebraska officials. The discovery could cause significant problems for the officials that would be implicated in mismanaging these funds, but could also mean trouble for consumers that are relying on the Medicaid program to receive the health insurance coverage that they need. These consumers could be put under financial strain as the issue is expected to…

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