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In nod to Sanders, Clinton offers new health care proposals

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Crains Chicago Business reports:

“In another nod to primary rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is proposing to increase federal money for community health centers and outlining steps to expand access to health care across the nation.

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Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

NPR reports:

“Sure, there’s a deductible with your health insurance. But then what’s the hospital deductible? Your insurer may have multiple deductibles, and it pays to know which apply when. These questions and answers tackle deductibles, whether an ex-spouse has to pay for an adult child’s insurance, and balance billing.

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Individual mandate raises taxing questions

Monday, January 12th, 2015

BenefitsPro reports:

“2015 marks the first year that taxpayers will have to prove they have health insurance or, if they don’t, they’ll have to pay a penalty. But how is the proof presented?

About half the adult population might not know the answer to this, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Intuit TurboTax. The TurboTax folks had Harris poll more than 2,000 adults, and 48 percent didn’t know they’ll be required to declare their health coverage status on their 2014 tax return.

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State health insurance exchange scuttled in Illinois

Monday, January 12th, 2015

The Quad-City Times reports:

“An 11th-hour bid to establish a state-based health insurance exchange fell short Wednesday when the Illinois House adjourned for the remainder of the year without bringing the matter for a vote.

Against the backdrop of a federal deadline to take action and the looming end of single-party control of state government, the sponsor of the measure said she couldn’t round up enough votes to get the measure to outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.

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Self Employed? What You Need to Know About Individual Shared Responsibility Starting in January 2014

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

US Small Business Administration reports:

“Under the Affordable Care Act, the government, insurers, employers, and individuals share in the responsibility to improve the availability, quality, and affordability of health insurance coverage.  The individual shared responsibility provision is a key part of helping to deliver the law’s consumer protections at an affordable cost. It makes these protections possible by ensuring that individuals do not just wait to purchase insurance when they are sick and drop coverage when they are well, which drives up premiums for everyone.

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Our View: Examining health care

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Northwest Herald reports:

“The new marketplace opening in October will sell only one type of item – but it’s something that never has been presented in this manner before.

Oct. 1 is when open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, or the Exchange, starts in Illinois. It’s part of the federal Affordable Care Act, which, among other things, mandates that all Americans have health insurance.

The Exchange is an online portal that will serve as a central location for residents and small businesses to compare and choose from dozens of insurance plans. Six providers have proposed 165 plans, and coverage kicks in Jan. 1.

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How to quality for a government health insurance subsidy

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Chicago Tribune reports:

“As health care reform kicks into high gear, many Americans are asking: Will I qualify for a government subsidy to buy health insurance under the new health care law, and when do the changes kick in?

Eligibility depends on your income, family size and the cost of coverage in your area. The biggest changes from the health care law take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, when insurers will no longer be able to reject people for coverage or charge higher rates because of their health.

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IL fails to expand Medicare under ACA

Friday, January 25th, 2013

ILLINOIS: The legislature’s veto session adjourned last week with the Assembly failing to finish its preliminary actions to expand Medicaid under the ACA. The House Appropriations Committee had approved a bill that would have added 520,000 state residents to the Medicaid system, providing a 50 percent match for nearly one-third of those individuals who qualify under current standards.  The remaining new enrollees would be adults between the ages of 19 and 62 who have no children and incomes that are less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level.  While the federal government initially would pick up 100 percent of the increased cost for the new enrollees, Illinois would gradually pick up part of the cost, expected to total about $100 million annually. An amendment was offered that would automatically eliminate new enrollees from the program if federal funding drops below 90 percent.  The bills already have been re-filed along with the amendment. Passage of the bills is considered likely in February or March.

Quinn: Medicaid must be cut back

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Gov. Pat Quinn plans to call for major Medicaid cuts during his annual budget address Wednesday and issue a warning that immediate changes must be made or the state’s health care system for the poor could collapse.

A Quinn spokeswoman said the speech will serve as a “reality check” for lawmakers who also will be asked to approve 9 percent cuts for most state agencies and further reforms to the costly state worker pension system.

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