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For health insurance startup Oscar, it’s get bought—or go bust

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September 9, 2015, 11:27 AM EDT


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Overpaying For Health Insurance? 2 Million On Obamacare Missing Out On Cost …

News from International Business Times:
More than 2 million Americans are probably paying more than they have to for health insurance and healthcare, a new analysis shows. Even though people with certain income levels qualify for government subsidies when they buy health insurance on government-run exchanges, more than a quarter are not [...] Continue Reading…

State approves health insurance rate hikes

News from Detroit Free Press:By JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press 7:33 p.m. EDT August 18, 2015

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services has approved double-digit increases for some insurance plans.(Photo: MCT)

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Most Health Insurance Co-ops Are Losing Money, Federal Audit Finds

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WASHINGTON — Most federal insurance cooperatives created under the Affordable Care Act are losing money and could have difficulty repaying millions of dollars in federal loans, an internal government audit has found, prompting the Obama administration to step up supervision of the carriers.
Daniel R. Levinson, [...] Continue Reading…

Every American needs the Kirk health insurance plan

News from Chicago Tribune:
Forget the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), I want the Mark Kirk health insurance plan for every American.
I’m not talking about the federal legislation the Republican U.S. senator has proposed to replace Obamacare, knowing full well it is unlikely to ever be passed. I’m referring to [...] Continue Reading…

Gaston commissioners give themselves health insurance perk

News from Gaston Gazette:
Gaston County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to give themselves and future commissioners the right to purchase taxpayer-subsidized health insurance through the county even after they leave office.
The only prerequisite for the benefit is that an elected commissioner must serve at least one four-year term. Afterward, [...] Continue Reading…

Colleges get out of health insurance business

News from Military Times:By Donna Gordon Blankinship, The Associated Press 11:39 a.m. EDT April 2, 2015

Stacy Crites, a nurse on campus at the University of Washington’s Hall Health Primary Care Center in Seattle, listens to the lungs of Kandice Joyner, junior studying archaeology, during a routine check-up. An unintended [...] Continue Reading…

Health Insurance Coverage Discrimination: Mental Illness

News from U.S. News & World Report:Insurance companies are not providing adequate mental health coverage under Obamacare, according to a new report.
Under President Barack Obama’s health care law, which aimed to end health insurance discrimination for mental health services, an estimated 62 million patients now have better coverage. But a new report [...] Continue Reading…

Special enrollment period allows people to get health insurance in 2015

News from WDBJ7:ROANOKE, Va. -
If you haven’t enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, it’s not too late.   

Open enrollment for this year ended February 15, but there’s a special enrollment period that could get you the coverage you may need and want.
The new enrollment period [...] Continue Reading…

Say goodbye to employer-provided health insurance

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Could employer-provided health insurance be going the way of employer-sponsored pension plans?
Rick Lindquist, president of Zane Benefits, which specializes in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses, says: Not only could it happen; it’s happening already.
Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer (who founded Zane Benefits), argue that case [...] Continue Reading…