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Why You Still Absolutely Need Health Insurance Despite the Death of the Penalty

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Starting in 2019, you’ll no longer owe a fine to the IRS if you don’t have qualifying health insurance coverage. While the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, imposed a tax penalty for those who opted out of coverage, the mandate was eliminated with the tax reform law passed in late 2017.

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‘Sham’ Sharing Ministries Test Faith Of Patients And Insurance Regulators

Monday, May 20th, 2019

KHN reports:

“Sheri Lewis, 59, of Seattle, needed a hip transplant. Bradley Fuller, 63, of nearby Kirkland, needed chemotherapy and radiation when the pain in his jaw turned out to be throat cancer. And Kim Bruzas, 55, of Waitsburg, hundreds of miles away, needed emergency care to stop sudden —and severe — rectal bleeding.

Each of these Washington state residents required medical treatment during the past few years, and each thought they had purchased health insurance through an online site.

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Most Americans want lower health care costs, not ‘Medicare for All’ or Obamacare repeal

Monday, May 20th, 2019

CNN Politics reports:

“Washington may be obsessed with enacting “Medicare for All” or repealing Obamacare, but Americans have other priorities.

They want Congress to prioritize reducing health care costs and protecting those with pre-existing conditions, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday.

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Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The LA Times reports:

“Soaring deductibles and medical bills are pushing millions of American families to the breaking point, fueling an affordability crisis that is pulling in middle-class households with health insurance as well as the poor and uninsured.

In the last 12 years, annual deductibles in job-based health plans have nearly quadrupled and now average more than $1,300.

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‘Medicare for All’ system could be complicated, potentially disruptive, say budget analysts

Monday, May 20th, 2019

USA Today reports:

“As “Medicare for All” increasingly becomes a battle cry for Democrats on Capitol Hill and those running for president, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office weighed in Wednesday on how difficult it could be to move to a single government health care system.

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Why Hospitals Should Fear Blue Cross Primary Care Centers

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Forbes.com reports:

“As if hospitals and health systems didn’t have enough emerging threats with big well capitalized publicly-traded insurance companies and drugstore chains developing primary care clinics and urgent care centers in their backyards.

Now come the nation’s largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans that dominate big diverse markets like Florida, Illinois, Texas and New Jersey. These Blues plans are backed by their own financing, venture capital funds and primary care partners looking to expand doctor offices, urgent care and health centers in communities across the country. (more…)

Expert: Short-term health care plans give consumers choice

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Wake Forest University reports:

“With early-voting underway, recent polls show healthcare has become a top issue in the November midterm elections. One politically charged issue on the table is the availability of short-term health care plans that offer limited benefits at a low cost.

Opponents of these policies are concerned that the availability of short-term health care plans will undermine the Affordable Care Act and harm those who purchase them. The arguments: (1) Consumers will purchase short-term plans without fully understanding the limited coverage they provide. (2) Healthy individuals who might join an Affordable Health Care plan will choose a short-term plan instead.

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Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

AP News reports:

“The Trump administration’s new health insurance option offers lower premiums for small businesses and self-employed people, but the policies are likely to cover fewer benefits.

Another caveat: if healthy people flock to the new plans as expected, premiums will rise for those who need comprehensive coverage.

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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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