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Here’s who will lose their insurance if Obamacare is overturned

Monday, May 20th, 2019

CNBC reports:

“The Affordable Care Act once again faces legal hurdles after President Donald Trump and his administration supported a lawsuit questioning the health-care law’s constitutionality.

If the lawsuit succeeds and the courts decide to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, millions of Americans could lose their health care if a replacement plan is not established. Though Trump wanted to replace the law with a new Republican plan before the 2020 elections, the GOP refused to bring forward its own proposal until it wins a majority in the House of Representatives.

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Small Business Health Insurance Offers a Better Deal for Many than Individual Coverage, According to eHealth Report

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Insurance News Net reports:

“SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today eHealth, Inc.(NASDAQ: EHTH) (eHealth.com) released a report on 2018 small business health insurance costs and trends among groups with fewer than 30 employees, along with results of a survey of small business owners who purchased group health insurance through eHealth.

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You think your health insurance costs too much. Try being a farmer.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Crains Chicago Business reports:

“John Kiefner, who farms 500 acres of hay in exurban Will County, has had health insurance from five companies in the past four years. One of them wouldn’t allow his wife and him to visit any of their own doctors. Another wouldn’t cover visits to the nearest hospital because it was out of network. All of them kept raising his premiums by 20 percent and more annually.

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Aetna may offer customers a free Apple Watch as a perk

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Health insurer Aetna is already giving its workers free Apple Watches (plus a handful of regular customers), but it now looks ready to expand those bonuses to everyone. CNBCsources understand that Aetna is in talks with Apple to offer a free or discounted Watch as a perk to all eligible customers — no small number when Aetna covers 23 million people. It’s not certain what the deal would look like, but Aetna would like to hand out wristwear early in 2018.

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Blue Cross, Advocate team up on new health insurance plan

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Crains Chicago Business Reports:

“Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois and Advocate Health Care are teaming up to offer a health plan that will be one of the cheapest options the insurer offers on and off the Obamacare exchange.
The plan, called BlueCare Direct, is a marriage of two giants. Blue Cross is the largest health insurer in the state, and Downers Grove-based Advocate is the largest health care system, with 12 hospitals and more than 4,000 doctors.

The BlueCare Direct network will include 250 of Advocate’s sites of care in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and Will counties, including nine of its hospitals and a children’s hospital with two campuses. Enrollees can stick with their primary care doctor outside of Advocate’s system, but the plan will not cover it, said Dr. Lee Sacks, chief medical officer for Advocate.

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Making government our last resort

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Indiana Economic Digest reports:

“We’ve found yet another reason to mistrust a government bureaucracy that takes money citizens earned and treats citizens like serfs. The government class often act like the put upon factory foremen, whether it is making the sick wait in a line too many don’t survive trying see a physician at a Veterans Hospital or forcing the poor to jump through innumerable hoops to obtain Medicaid while hoping a loophole can be found to disqualify a person obviously in need. This last cultural trend became widespread in Indiana during Mitch Daniels’ time as governor.

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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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IRS sets max fines for health coverage refusal

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Benefits Pro reports:

“It’s official: if you make a quarter of a million bucks a year and decide not to pay for health insurance, you’re going to have to fork over $2,448 to the feds.

The Internal Revenue Service finally released its maximum fines for those who choose to go without health insurance. Under terms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, fines were included for those who decided not to have coverage as an incentive to get more folks to purchase coverage.

The maximum family penalty issued by the IRS was $12,240 for a five-member family. That’s five times $2,448, in case you wondered.

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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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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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