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Posts Tagged ‘Evanston’

Obamacare insurers need to step it up to compete with Blue Cross

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Crains Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

“Five of the six insurers on the Illinois Health Insurance Exchange face a moment of truth as they decide whether to continue offering plans on the online marketplace and how to attract more customers.

Their first-year efforts didn’t amount to much. Just under 18,000 combined signed up for their plans, compared with an estimated 200,000 enrollees who flocked to plans sold by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois. The entire state exchange attracted about 217,500 enrollees during the six-month enrollment period, which ended in mid-April. Now the rival insurers are weighing whether to lower prices and redouble their marketing efforts to be more competitive.


How 2014 health care reform provisions will affect employers

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Smart Business reports:

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains a total of 91 provisions, bringing change to the insurance market and impacting the type of coverage employers offer their employees.

“Many of the upcoming ACA provisions depend on the size of your employee population,” says Marty Hauser, CEO of SummaCare, Inc. “Employers need to understand these provisions, as they will likely determine what kind of coverage you offer your employees.”

Smart Business spoke to Hauser about how some key provisions impact employers.


News from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of IL

Friday, January 25th, 2013

January 16, 2013

Legislative Update: HHS Releases Additional Guidance to States on Health Insurance Exchanges [All Markets]

On Jan. 3, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released additional guidance on the partnership model of a federally facilitated exchange, also known as the state partnership exchange.


Tech firm rides health-reform wave

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

“A Chicago clinic and a suburban tech firm expect to grow as federal health-care reform takes effect — a massive overhaul that the Congressional Budget Office forecast this week will require $1.17 trillion in new government spending in the next decade, or $84 billion less than first estimated.

The budget office revised its numbers based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that President Obama’s health-care reform law is constitutional, but that states can opt out of Medicaid expansion. The opt-out means 3 million fewer low-income Americans will be insured by the federal-state program.


Hustling on health care

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

“Employers are dashing to deal with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark health care ruling.

Companies that put off some benefits decisions amid doubt created by the constitutional challenge to the Obama administration’s massive health care overhaul suddenly find themselves confronting key questions about how to reshape their health plans, take advantage of the proposed insurance exchange and avoid the looming tax on Cadillac policies.


Key Findings from the January 2012 Kaiser Family

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Foundation Health Tracking Poll:

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear legal challenges to the health reform law
in March, most Americans expect the Justices to base their ruling on their own
ideological views rather than their interpretation of the law, according to the
Foundation’s January Health Tracking Poll which probes the public’s views and
expectations about the Supreme Court case. The full question wording and
findings of the poll can be viewed online at


White House says health reform on track

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Benefitspro reports:

“White House officials say President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is on track in many states — but they’re preparing a federal backstop anyway.

The law calls for states to build new health insurance markets called exchanges so those now uninsured can have access.

Exchanges are a linchpin, but many of the 26 states asking the Supreme Court to overturn the law have made little progress.

A new White House report says 28 states are “on their way” to setting up exchanges, but the federal government will be ready to run the program in states not ready by 2014, when the law’s big coverage expansion kicks in.

Presidential adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle said, “No matter where you live, on January 1, 2014, an exchange will be up and running.”

Kaiser poll for most popular PPACA provision yields runaway favorite

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Employee Benefit News reports:

“Okay, so it’s no secret that the individual mandate included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act isn’t going to win any popularity contests — nor is most of the law, for that matter.

However, Americans aren’t blowing raspberries on PPACA in its entirety, according to a recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In its monthly tracking poll, the foundation asked people to reveal their most liked and disliked PPACA provisions.


Preventive care: It’s free, except when it’s not

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Benifits Pro reports:

“CHICAGO (AP) — Bill Dunphy thought his colonoscopy would be free.

His insurance company told him it would be covered 100 percent, with no copayment from him and no charge against his deductible. The nation’s 1-year-old health law requires most insurance plans to cover all costs for preventive care including colon cancer screening. So Dunphy had the procedure in April.

Then the bill arrived: $1,100.


Employers Skeptical of Health Care Reform, But Few Project Dropping Health Insurance Coverage

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

“Even in an environment of uncertainty about the future of health care reform, a majority of employers surveyed (56 percent) say that they are likely to continue to offer employer-sponsored health insurance after health care reform is enacted, according to a new survey of benefit decision-makers conducted by GfK Custom Research North America.  Only 12 percent of benefits decision-makers say they would be very or somewhat likely to drop coverage, and another 32 percent of the 502 private-sector companies surveyed are unsure what they will do.


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