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Scammers Are Using New Medicare Cards to Try to Trick Seniors

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

The Motley Fool reports:

“If you’re a senior on Medicare, new cards are coming soon. New cards will be mailed out between April 2018 and April 2019, and these new cards will no longer have your Social Security number on them.

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Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs You Should Expect to Pay

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Medicare provides valuable health insurance for individuals 65 or older and certain people with disabilities who are under age 65. But it also comes with complex rules and sometimes significant out-of-pocket costs. Here’s what you can expect to pay for Medicare:

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Trump administration releases association health plan rule

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Axios reports:

“The Department of Health and Human Services has posted its long-awaited proposed rule to make it easier to form “association health plans,” aimed at groups of workers who team up to get better deals on health insurance. Among other things, the rule would encourage these kinds of plans by removing the requirement that says associations have to have a purpose besides health insurance.

The bottom line: The rule says its goal is to help small businesses buy health coverage more easily, but the bigger question is whether they’d pull healthy people out of the Affordable Care Act exchanges.”

Amazon Takes Aim at Disrupting the Healthcare Industry

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Consumer Reports reports:

“The e-commerce giant becomes the latest corporation trying to tackle the high cost of employee medical care

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ACA Marketplace Plan Issues Threaten Consumers’ Financial Well-Being

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The Observer reports:

“If you bought health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment, congratulations. Your major health care needs, known and unknown, should be covered without risk of financial ruin. You may feel you are set until the next open enrollment. But you might actually have more work to do to make sure you are truly protected.

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Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire create new company to tackle health care costs

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Three of corporate America’s heaviest hitters — Amazon, Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase — sent a shudder through the health industry Tuesday when they announced plans to jointly create a company to provide their employees with high-quality, affordable care.

The announcement was short on details about precisely what the independent company will do. But given the three players’ outsize influence — and Amazon’s ability to transform just about everything it touches — the alliance has the potential to shake up how Americans shop for health care, and the stocks of insurance companies, drug distributors and others slumped in reaction.

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

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

Wednesday, 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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Health Insurance Brokers Help Employers Lower Healthcare Costs

Friday, August 18th, 2017

ACA Times reports:

“When it comes to providing healthcare as an employer, cost is a major concern. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable large employers – organizations with 50 or more full-time employees and full-time equivalent employees — are required to offer insurance to 95% of their full-time staff.

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BCBSIL to Stop Offering SHOP Plans (Small Group 1-50) Starting Jan. 1, 2018

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Blue Cross and Blue Shield reports:

“We want to let you know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) will not be participating in the Federally Facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (FF-SHOP) marketplace with BCBSIL health insurance plans starting Jan. 1, 2018.

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