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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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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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What will you see on Obamacare exchange for 2017? Details start to emerge

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Though full details won’t be released until later this month, some information is starting to trickle out about what Illinois residents will and won’t find when they shop for health insurance on the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange.

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Cigna to Offer Individual and Family Plans in Chicago Area

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Business Wire reports:

“Cigna (NYSE: CI), already a leading provider of employer-sponsored group health plans in Illinois and across the United States, is introducing new individual and family medical plans in the Chicago area, both on and off the federal public marketplace. The new plans, called Cigna Connect, will take effect on January 1, 2017.

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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 Grants Extension for 6055 and 6056 Reporting

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

According to United Healthcare, Broker Connection Special Edition:

“On Dec. 28, 2015, the IRS announced that it is granting an automatic extension for the 2015 information returns required of insurers, employers and certain other providers of Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) under Section 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

Coverage providers that need more time now have until March 31 to get Form 1095 to individuals and until June 30 to electronically file with the IRS. For providers not filing electronically, the deadline is May 31, 2016. (more…)

U.S. government unveils goal to move Medicare away from fee-for-service

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Yahoo News reports:

“The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.

By the end of 2018, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters that 50 percent of traditional Medicare’s $362 billion in annual payments would go to doctors, hospitals and other providers that participate in alternative payment models which emphasize cost containment and quality of care.

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