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Big news for Chicago-area Obamacare insurance exchange: Cigna seeks to join

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“One of the nation’s largest health insurance companies plans to enter the Obamacare marketplace in the Chicago area for the first time, bringing new competition as other insurers exit or go out of business.

The Tribune has confirmed that Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Conn., has filed plans to sell health policies to individuals and families who purchase their own coverage in the individual market. If the plans are approved by Illinois regulators, Cigna will start selling policies Nov. 1, when enrollment for 2017 Obamacare coverage opens.

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Even U of C Medicine and Rush have health insurance problems

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“Proving that no one is immune to the changes sweeping the health care industry, two of Chicago’s most prestigious teaching hospitals are being dinged by insurance companies trying to control costs.

Humana is ending a 20-year relationship with University of Chicago Medicine, which will be eliminated from the insurer’s networks April 1.

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How much will Apple bite into consumer health?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Benefits Pro reports:

“Apple’s recent moves in the health and wellness technology segment are not yet on the level of game-changers such as the iPod and the iPhone. But the coming release of the Apple Watch and the company’s HealthKit app has people talking — and competitors watching carefully.

The company’s latest piece of hardware, the Apple Watch, is not the first of its kind. But it’s likely to be the gold standard, due partly to Apple’s well-polished marketing machine and partly to some truly innovative and useful features.

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Top U.S. insurer sees weak Obamacare sign-ups, prepares for delay

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Reuters reports:

“A top U.S. health insurer gave the first detailed view of how the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law is affecting the industry, saying on Wednesday it had cut its enrollment forecasts by at least a half and expected the government to delay the sign-up deadline.

Humana Inc said that because of technical problems preventing millions of Americans from accessing the federal HealthCare.gov website since it opened on Oct. 1, the company had slashed its expectations of signing on 500,000 new plan members to an estimate of closer to 250,000.

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Affordable Care Act: Smoking sends health premiums higher

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Chicago Sun Times reports:

“If you light up, prepare to get burned with higher premiums when buying insurance in the new health insurance marketplaces.

Under rules of the Affordable Care Act, in Illinois and most other states, insurers can charge smokers and other tobacco users as much as 50 percent more on their premiums due to the higher health risks they face compared to non-tobacco users.

In some cases, the surcharge wipes out the subsidy for which some smoking health plan enrollees would qualify in the marketplaces, said Karen Pollitz. She is senior fellow at Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit focused on health-care issues.

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