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Will employer-sponsored health insurance survive?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Forbes reports:

“Reports from consulting firms don’t normally make national news. Then again, most such reports don’t predict the downfall of the American health care system.

Earlier this month, the consulting group McKinsey projected that tens of millions of Americans could find themselves without the health coverage they now get through their employers.

McKinsey is only the latest organization to make a mockery of President Obama’s solemn promise to Americans that “[i]f you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”

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This $1,000 pill is now the hepatitis C treatment of choice

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

” A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.

In less than six months, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis C pills combined, according to new data from IMS Health. The prospect of a real cure, with fewer nasty side effects, is enticing thousands of patients to get treated for the first time.

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J.D. Power Reports: The Uninsured Remain Underserved by Health Exchanges, As Many Continue to Struggle to Enroll in Healthcare Coverage

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Digital Journal reports:

“While the Affordable Care Act is designed to reduce cost and increase access to health insurance, many U.S. citizens still are uninsured and underserved due to obstacles not based on cost, such as technical problems and lack of information from health insurance companies and health exchanges, according to the inaugural J.D. Power 2014 Health Insurance Marketplace Shopper StudySM released today.

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Some with Obamacare find they’re losing their doctors

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Crain’s Chicago Healthcare Daily reports:

“Some consumers who bought insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law are experiencing buyer’s remorse after realizing that their longtime doctors aren’t accepting the new plans.

Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patients’ access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges — sometimes even after they were told their plan would include their current doctor.

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Employer health plans fading fast

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Benefitspro reports:

“Only a quarter of employers are certain they will still be offering company-sponsored health insurance a decade from now.

That’s down from 38 percent in 2010 and 73 percent in 2007, according to a survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health.

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Obamacare data suggest Blues’ low-price strategy is working

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

“The parent company of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois appears to be reaping the benefits of setting the premiums for its plans lower than other carriers on the federal health insurance exchange. (more…)

Obamacare signup deadline gets extension

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

“There won’t be a magic moment, but the Obama administration’s much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday.

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Health insurance terms you need to know for Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The Detroit Free Press reports:

Co-payment: A fixed amount you pay for a covered health service. Usually paid when you receive the service.

Deductible: The amount you pay for health care services your health insurance plan covers before your health insurance plan begins to pay.

The Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the Exchange): Administered by the federal government at http://www.healthcare.gov. Designed to make buying health coverage easier and more affordable.

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Insurance Through Employer A Better Deal Than Through Exchange

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“If you’re hearing about the new Health Insurance Marketplace and wondering if it might be a better deal than your employer’s insurance, the answer is: It probably isn’t.

People covered under most employer group insurance policies aren’t eligible for some of the Affordable Care Act cost-saving benefits — mainly tax credits. Without those tax credits, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll find a better deal on the insurance marketplace exchange.

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