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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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Fact Sheet: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Final Rule

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

CMS.gov reports:

Background

The Secretaries of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services published a proposed rule to consider allowing short-term, limited-duration insurance to cover longer periods and be renewed by the consumer on February 21, 2018 in response to both stakeholder input in the Request for Information “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare Choices to Empower Patients,” as well as Executive Order 13813 entitled “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States.”

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Most Short-Term Health Plans Don’t Cover Drug Treatment or Prescription Drugs, and None Cover Maternity Care

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

KFF reports:

“A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of short-term, limited duration health plans for sale through two major national online brokers finds big gaps in the benefits they offer.

Through an executive order and proposed new regulations, the Trump Administration is seeking to encourage broader use of short-term, limited duration health plans as a cheaper alternative to individual market plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements. Repeal of the individual mandate penalty – which currently applies to people buying short-term plans – is also expected to boost enrollment starting next year.

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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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New Data Brief Finds Physician Shortages Lead to Network Adequacy Challenges

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

AHIP reports:

“States are facing a shortage of physicians in primary care, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery, according to a new AHIP data brief. This analysis looked at the ratio of these physicians to the population and found several U.S. states currently have physician supply rates that fall well below the national average.

According to the data brief, these provider shortfalls may be even more severe in rural areas. While close to a quarter of Americans live in rural areas, only 10 percent of physicians practice in those geographies. For example, most surgeons in Idaho are practicing in urban areas (25 per 100,000 urban population) rather than in rural areas (14 per 100,000 rural population).

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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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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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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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Employer health plans fading fast

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Benefitspro reports:

“Only a quarter of employers are certain they will still be offering company-sponsored health insurance a decade from now.

That’s down from 38 percent in 2010 and 73 percent in 2007, according to a survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health.

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