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Obamacare enrollment starts Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know

October 30th, 2017

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Choosing the right health insurance plan can be a cumbersome process, and this year’s political back-and-forth over Obamacare has made it seem even more confusing.

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Health insurance and open enrollment – what you need to know

October 30th, 2017

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“As open enrollment for health insurance begins Wednesday, Nov. 1, and several changes have occurred or been proposed, I decided to check in with two industry experts for their advice on what you need to know.

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Trump ending lower-income Obamacare subsidies, threatening the law’s marketplaces

October 30th, 2017

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“The Trump administration informed a federal appeals court on Friday that the government would immediately halt payments to insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage under the Affordable Care Act, formalizing a decision that could upend individual insurance markets across the country.

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Despite boost in social security, rising Medicare Part B costs leave seniors in bind

October 11th, 2017

News Medical reports:

“Millions of seniors will soon be notified that Medicare premiums for physicians’ services are rising and likely to consume most of the cost-of-living adjustment they’ll receive next year from Social Security.

Higher 2018 premiums for Medicare Part B will hit older adults who’ve been shielded from significant cost increases for several years, including large numbers of low-income individuals who struggle to make ends meet.

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You think your health insurance costs too much. Try being a farmer.

October 11th, 2017

Crains Chicago Business reports:

“John Kiefner, who farms 500 acres of hay in exurban Will County, has had health insurance from five companies in the past four years. One of them wouldn’t allow his wife and him to visit any of their own doctors. Another wouldn’t cover visits to the nearest hospital because it was out of network. All of them kept raising his premiums by 20 percent and more annually.

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Rauner plays it safe on likely doomed GOP Senate Obamacare bill

October 11th, 2017

The Chicago Suntimes reports:

“The potential for Senate Republicans to unravel Obamacare this week diminished on Sunday, when two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Ted Cruz of Texas said their support was unlikely.

Even though the bill drafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. and Bill Cassidy R-La., is on the verge of failure — and may not even get a vote by the end of the month — as long as Republicans control the House, Senate and the White House, attempts may continue to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance plan.

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Blue Cross warns GOP repeal bill ‘undermines’ pre-existing condition rules

October 11th, 2017

The Hill reports:

“The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association warned against a new GOP ObamaCare bill on Wednesday, saying it would “undermine” protections for pre-existing conditions.

“The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions,” the association said in a statement.

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Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Navigators Say Feds Don’t Appreciate Scope Of The Job

September 21st, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports:

“The Trump administration says many of the organizations that help people enroll in health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces don’t provide enough bang for the buck, sometimes costing thousands of dollars to sign up each customer. So, it is cutting their funding, some by as much as 90 percent, the government told the groups last week.

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See who’s owed the most by deadbeat Illinois

September 21st, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“More than 60 businesses and other groups are owed at least $10 million apiece by the state, while 13 of them are due $100 million or more. Those owed the most are in health care, including insurers Aetna Better Health and Blue Cross/Blue Shield parent Health Care Service Corp., each out nearly $600 million.

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