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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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A new kind of doctor’s office charges a monthly fee and doesn’t take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Dr. Bryan Hill spent his career working as a pediatrician, teaching at a university, and working at a hospital. But in March 2016, he decided he no longer wanted a boss.

He took some time off, then one day he got a call asking if he’d be up for doing a house call for a woman whose son was sick. He agreed, and by the end of that visit, he realized he wanted to treat patients without dealing with any of the insurance requirements.

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Got health insurance? That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to pay your medical bills.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The Miami Herald reports:

“Hospitals around the country are reporting record levels of debt on their books from an unlikely source: patients with health care coverage.

As health insurers and employers have shifted health care costs to patients through high deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses, people who in the past may not have worried about paying for a hospital visit or a surgical procedure are getting hit with massive medical bills that they can’t pay.

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Watch Obamacare’s Architect Reveal His Master Plan To Fix The Law: Bigger Penalties

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The Federalist reports:

“Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber joined CNN on Wednesday morning to say the best way to fix the failing health-care law he engineered would be to increase the “penalty.”

A recent study found that Obamacare insurance plans will cost many Americans about 22 percent more next year. For some — like those in Phoenix, Arizona — the cost is much worse, about a 145 percent increase. Since the news broke earlier this week, the Obama administration has frantically been trying to spin the news.

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Large employers stick with employee health plans, small businesses another story

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Benefits Pro reports:

“Large employers continue to believe in the value of sponsored health benefits for employees, despite the options available to them under the Affordable Care Act. But small employers are increasingly choosing to pull out of the health benefits business.

That’s what a survey from the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) found when it examined the percentage of employers offering health insurance from 2008 to 2015. Using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Insurance Component, EBRI reported that nearly 100 percent of the largest employers (those with 1,000 or more employees) have continued to offer health insurance through the ups and downs and gyrations of the past seven years.

 

Where Clinton and Trump Stand on Obamacare

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Kiplinger reports:

“Key differences: Clinton supports the Affordable Care Act and wants to expand on Obamacare. Trump wants to repeal the ACA and has suggested letting private plans operate across state lines.

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