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4 healthcare costs in retirement no one warns you about

Monday, May 20th, 2019

MSN Money reports:

“Many Americans are stressed about paying for late-in-life healthcare.

Studies show that over a third of US adults are more concerned about covering health costs in retirement than paying off debt and affording lifestyle expenses right now, but only about half have a financial plan in place for the future.

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Why Do Short-Term Health Insurance Plans Have Lower Premiums Than Plans That Comply with the ACA?

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

KFF.com reports:

“The Trump administration earlier this year issued a regulation that expands the availability of “short-term” health insurance plans that do not have to comply with any of the rules in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for plans sold in the individual market. Specifically, the regulation allows short-term plans to be offered for up to 364 days and renewed at the discretion of the insurer for up to three years. Short-term plans are also expected to be more attractive now that ACA’s individual mandate penalty has been repealed, since people previously enrolling in these plans were liable for the penalty.

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12 Attorneys General File Lawsuit Over Association Health Plans

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Health Payer Intelligence reports:

A dozen state attorneys general are suing the Department of Labor (DOL) over the expansion of association health plan (AHPs).

In the suit, which was filed in the DC District Court of Appeals, the officials argue that broad availability of AHPs violates the consumer protections included in the Affordable Care Act.

The DOL’s final rule allows contractors and individuals in similar industries to enroll in AHPs that operate outside of the ACA’s enforceable policies.

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Five States To Get Early Access To Small Business Health Insurance Marketplace

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Kaiser Health News reports:

“Businesses in five states will get an early look at the federal health insurance marketplace for small businesses, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced Wednesday.

The states are Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and Delaware.

Businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers in those states will be able to access the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, in late October, ahead of the Nov. 15 start of open enrollment.

The five states were selected based on the agency’s analysis of state insurance markets and the availability of employee choice, among other factors, a department official said.

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PPACA preventive services not so free

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Benefits Pro reports:

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) basic preventive services package famous by putting a controversial mandate — for “free” birth control benefits — in the package.

Consumer groups say patients are having trouble using the other, less controversial benefits in the package, such as access to checkups, vaccinations and some cancer screenings.

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To Prevent Surprise Bills, New Health Law Rules Could Widen Insurer Networks

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The New York Times reports:

“The Obama administration and state insurance regulators are developing stricter standards to address the concerns of consumers who say that many health plans under the Affordable Care Act have unduly limited their choices of doctors and hospitals, leaving them with unexpected medical bills.

Federal officials said the new standards would be similar to those used by the government to determine whether Medicare Advantage plans had enough doctors and hospitals in their networks. These private plans, sold by companies like UnitedHealth and Humana, provide comprehensive care to 16 million of the 54 million Medicare beneficiaries.

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Aflac 1Q Profit $892M, To Pay 35 Cents Per Share Dividend

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Insurance News Net reports:

“Steady as she goes.

That was the case Wednesday with Aflac Inc. reporting first-quarter net income, or profit, of $892 million, an increase of nearly 14 percent from $785 million in the same period a year ago.

That translated to earnings of $1.90 per diluted share for the January-March timeframe, up from $1.68 a year ago.

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This Week’s Health Care Reform Headlines

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Daily Finance reports:

“It’s a topsy-turvy time for health care reform. Fights break out at the federal and state level about Affordable Care Act provisions. Details of plans come into focus. And investors sit back to see who’s going to benefit where from what.

Here’s a look back at the reform news making headlines this week.

Federal news House Republicans back a new bill requiring private health insurers to include details about ACA-related taxes in the annual letters to customers. The thinking is that the disclosures would illustrate how the costs of health care reform will drive up customer premium price, a common Republican counterargument.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats met with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to discuss problems with how the ACA changes will roll out. Sebelius met with the Senate Finance Committee and one-on-one with its members.

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HHS partners with Illinois on health insurance marketplace

Friday, March 1st, 2013

HHS.gov reports:

“Affordable health coverage to be available to Illinoisans in 2014

During a visit with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to the Erie Health Center in Chicago today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that Illinois has been conditionally approved to operate a State Partnership Marketplace (Exchange), which will be ready for open enrollment in October 2013. This partnership will allow Illinois to make key decisions and tailor the marketplace to local needs and market conditions.

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