Telehealth insurance claims from private policies up by 4,347 percent

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This trend was led by the Northeastern US, where the increased reached a much higher 15,303 percent. The latest FAIR Health report recorded a striking increase in the number of telehealth insurance claims in the United States, which rose by 4,347 percent compared to last year. This dramatic trend is directly linked with the coronavirus pandemic precautions since March. The leading reason that people filed telehealth insurance claims was for mental health conditions. The next most common reason for using these services was for respiratory diseases and infections, then joint/soft…

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Millions of Americans are losing employer sponsored health insurance plans

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As workers across the country have been laid off, they’ve also been losing their medical coverage. Employees across the country who had been enjoying employer sponsored health insurance are suddenly finding themselves without a plan as the coronavirus causes millions of layoffs. In many states, the rates of uninsured residents are jumping from single to double digits. As though losing a job wasn’t enough as pandemic prevention efforts continue to hold in place, many Americans who had been covered through employer sponsored health insurance are losing their coverage, too. This…

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US health insurance gaps may accelerate COVID-19 spread

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Over 27 million people across the United States lack coverage, which can reduce testing and treatment. The substantial US health insurance gaps that remain across the country could feed the spread of the novel coronavirus. As about 9 percent of the American population – around 27 million people – lack a health plan, testing and treatment comes with a cost they may not be able to afford. Without coverage people may delay going to get tested or treated or they may not do it at all. In the state of…

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New York health insurance extension gives state residents an additional week

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The additional seven days will help New Yorkers to obtain the coverage they need in time. Residents of the state are receiving an additional week in which to purchase coverage within the New York health insurance deadline. This added seven days will help people to make sure they can get the health plans while shopping on the state exchange. Following the extension, the new deadline for state residents has become February 7. The new deadline gives residents an additional opportunity to shop on the New York health insurance exchange. This…

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California health insurance subsidies now apply to more middle-income families

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As the open enrollment period begins, more state residents will qualify for financial assistance. Open enrollment began as of yesterday, and a higher number of middle-income families will discover that they qualify for California health insurance subsidies for next year’s coverage. The open enrollment period for the Covered California exchange is October 15 to January 31. Families who have enrolled for their health plans by December 15, regardless of whether they qualify for California health insurance subsidies, will have coverage effective January 1, 2020. That said, their coverage will begin…

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US Health insurance rebates may reach record levels in 2019

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A new report has indicated that the Affordable Care Act refunds could hit $1.4 billion this year. The provision of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which provides millions of Americans with health insurance rebates is expected to reach a record high level this year. Health insurance customers may be receiving more in refunds this year than ever before. In 2012, a component of the Affordable Care Act went into effect which required insurers to pay their customers a medical loss ratio (MLR) payment every fall under certain circumstances. If those…

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Many insured Americans rely on charity due to health insurance deductibles and copays

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Despite having a health plan, many people across the country can’t afford the medical care they need. Skyrocketing health insurance deductibles and copays are forcing many covered Americans to rely on charity to pay for medical care. Crowdfunding and medical charities have become the norm to fill in gaps for insured Americans. A recent LA Times report placed the spotlight on a growing trend among insured Americans. It showed that the cost associated with health insurance deductibles and copays can make medical care cost prohibitive even for Americans with medical…

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