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Most common questions about ACA insurance

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Welcome to Fix My Finances, a Yahoo Finance personal finance series. Each episode, we take a look at one viewer’s financial state of affairs and offer advice, insight and information on a variety of issues, including how to save more, spend less and pay off lingering debt.

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7 Healthcare Expenses Medicare Won’t Pay For — The Motley Fool

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Yahoo Beauty reports:

“If you’re looking forward to getting Medicare because you think this health insurance for seniors will provide comprehensive coverage, you may end up disappointed. Studies have shown seniors with high-prescription drug needs could incur as much as $350,000 in out-of-pocket spending on healthcare during retirement, even with both Medicare and a supplementary Medigap policy.

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Illinois’ stack of unpaid medical bills now reaches $3.5 billion

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“The state budget stalemate, which has stretched on for nearly two years, is putting lives on the line, according to emotional testimony out of the Illinois House yesterday.

That’s because the state’s now $12.6 billion backlog also includes months and months of unpaid medical bills on behalf of state workers and retirees. At last count, the state owed $3.5 billion in medical bills for its employees, according to a spokesman for the Illinois comptroller. In early March, a dental lobbying group said dentists who treat state employees were owed a collective $174 million.

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Assurant to sell money-losing health insurance operations

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Modern Healthcare reports:

“Insurance giant Assurant is looking to sell its health insurance division, Assurant Health—a company that has been active on the Affordable Care Act exchanges but has hemorrhaged tens of millions of dollars.

It’s likely another insurer will emerge to acquire Assurant Health, industry sources say. Health insurers have been eager to snatch up any available asset, but sellers have been few and far between. Assurant Health covers roughly 1 million people and had $2 billion of premium revenue last year.

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The Next ACA Battle: Extending The Children’s Health Insurance Program

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Forbes reports:

“The Affordable Care Act is an endless source of tortured political maneuverings.

Another example will soon demand Congress’ attention: Extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   The program was created in 1997, in the aftermath of the failed Clinton health reform initiative, to provide health coverage for pregnant women and uninsured children in families that make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Congress votes regularly to extend this joint federal-state program.

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Cubs cut grounds crew hours to avoid paying health insurance

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Yahoo Sports reports:

“The Chicago Cubs denied an assertion by the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday that the tarp debacle earlier in the week against the San Francisco Giants happened because the club short-staffs the grounds crew at Wrigley Field in order to avoid paying health insurance.

A surprising storm at Wrigley on Tuesday night caused a long delay because chief Roger Baird’s working crew couldn’t get the tarp — which had become saturated with water as it was unfurled — to cover the infield quickly enough. With field conditions unplayable even 4 1/2 hours after the rain stopped, umpires called the game in favor of the Cubs, who were leading in the bottom of the fifth inning. In a surprising but just turn of events, Major League Baseball upheld a protest by the Giants, and the teams resumed the suspended game Thursday. The Cubs won 2-1, but not before being thoroughly embarrassed.

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PPACA helps delay Medicare insolvency

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Benefits Pro reports:

“The main trust fund behind Medicare, the $583 billion U.S. health program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2030, four years later than projected last year, the government reported.

An improving economy and the health-care overhaul — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — may stave off depletion of the fund as it took in more money and spent less than expected last year. The trust fund pays for hospital visits, nursing care and related services for Medicare’s 52 million beneficiaries. Its assets fell $7.1 billion in 2013 to $281 billion, less than one-third the reduction of a year earlier, according to a report released today by the program’s trustees.

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Orientation and waiting periods for coverage are latest guidance

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Business Insurance reports:

“Employers can impose a one-month orientation period before a 90-day waiting period starts to either offer qualifying employees group health insurance or face a penalty, according to the latest federal guidance on complying with the health care reform law. The rules, issued last month by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury, said employer orientation periods are “commonplace” for the estimated 5.1 million new employees per year and are reasonable as long as they are short.

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Get Ready for Enrollment in Health Exchanges

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“In about six weeks, Americans will have a new kind of open enrollment to consider.

Starting Oct. 1, people without health insurance can sign up for standardized coverage through new health-insurance marketplaces run either by their state, the federal government or a combination of the two—the centerpiece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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