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Count Down to Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families’ Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Interdepartmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development issued the following news: The Affordable Care Act (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/child-health-development/affordable-care-act) is working to deliver affordability, access, and quality to millions of Americans across the country. To find the latest and most accurate information about the Marketplace visit HealthCare.gov. If you have health coverage through the Marketplace, it’s time to review your plan and decide if you need to make changes for 2015.

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College Grads Have Several Options To Get Health Insurance

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“Although the open enrollment period forhealth insurance under the Affordable Care Act ended in April, college graduates have several other options for coverage.

The website, healthcare.gov, says college graduates, who do not have health insurance provided from an employer, can enroll in private plans outside the online healthcare marketplace from health insurance companies.

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Health Marketplace Sticker Shock Spreading

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“Last-minute shoppers to the health insurance marketplace plans might do well to heed the advice of Butler County physician Mark Musmanno:

Know what you’re signing up for.

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HHS: Health Care Premiums Likely To Go Up In 2015

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says health insurance premiums are likely to increase in 2015.

Sebelius’s comments came Wednesday during a hearing of the House Committee on Ways and Means about the White House’s 2015 budget proposal, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“I think premiums are likely to go up, but at a smaller pace than what we’ve seen since 2010,” Sebelius said.

The increases seen in 2015 will likely be smaller than those seen in previous years, Sebelius said.

The number of young Americans signing up for health insurance has been below the level needed to keep premiums stable, the Wall Street Journal reported.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration said about 25 percent of people age 18 to 34 have signed up for Obamacare — lower than a 40 percent target believed needed to keep premiums relatively stable.

Overall, 4.2 million people have signed up for health insurance since October, the administration said.”

Support For Employer-Provided Health Plans Starts To Erode

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“The rumblings of employees dissatisfied with the value of employer-sponsored health benefits are getting louder.

But are the grumblings loud enough for employees to put their money where their mouths are? Are employees willing to walk out the door and leave their employer-sponsored cocoons, tossing all the value talk out the window?

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New Baby? Health Law Plans Not Set For Updates

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Insurance News Net reports:

“You were patient with the government’s kooky website, and now you have your health insurance card. That’s good, since your family is expecting a new baby.

But you may have to jump through more hoops to get the child formally added to your policy. The Obama administration confirms there currently is no way for consumers to update their coverage under the new health law for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.

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Obama Calls On Bartenders To Help Sell Health Care Reform

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“President Obama wants young bartenders to give their customers a tip — sign up for health insurance under Obamacare.

Speaking at a White House Youth Summit on Wednesday, the president continued to enlist Americans from all walks to life to join in the effort to sell health care reform.

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ACA Trade-Off: Low Premium, High Deductible

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“You might be pleased with the low monthly premium for one of the new health insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, but the added expense of copayments and deductibles could burn a hole in your wallet.

An independent analysis released Wednesday, on the heels of an administration report emphasizing affordable premiums, is helping to fill out the bottom line for consumers.

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The Tax Implications Of ACA

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“The Economic Policy Institute issued the following news release:

In a new article in the September issue of Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy, a team of researchers recommend expanded educational efforts to ensure that consumers signing up for health coverage through the newAffordable Care Act (ACA) take maximum advantage of possible tax credits while avoiding repayments.

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Health Plans Dropping Spouses; Are Children Next?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“A growing number of companies are looking to clamp down on rising health care costs by dumping coverage for their employees’ working spouses.

Others are requiring their workers to pay extra money to cover a spouse who could get health insurance elsewhere. And some may even consider making employees pay the full cost of insuring their children.

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