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2011 August - Health Insurance Chat

Health Insurance Chat


Entries for August, 2011

If Iowa’s largest insurer is out, system may be hard to run

News from DesMoinesRegister.com: Email this article Wellmark undecided on insurance exchange Iowa’s dominant health insurer is considering staying out of the state’s planned insurance exchange, which could hamstring the initiative. A link to this page will be included in your message ADVERTISEMENT ……….. continues on DesMoinesRegister.com. Continue Reading … Related News:

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Missouri needs a strong health insurance exchange

News from STLtoday.com: Did you know that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the new health care law) calls for the creation of a competitive health insurance marketplace called an “exchange” in every state by 2014? Some people disagree with the federal law, and I hope they will open minds and hearts to listen [...]

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Footnote: What is a health insurance exchange?

News from Wisconsin State Journal: The State Journal’s Footnote will try to explain the often heard, but perhaps not widely understood, phrases, ideas and controversies in the news. It runs weekly. Q A report last week estimates 320,000 Wisconsin residents will get their health insurance through one of the new health insurance exchanges required by [...]

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Age, wage to play big roles in health cost

News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Aug. 28, 2011 |(14) Comments People who are young, healthy and have good jobs that don’t provide health benefits will pay more for health insurance under federal health care reform. People who are older, or have health problems, will pay less. So will those who work in low-paying jobs and [...]

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Local governments looking for ways to cut health insurance costs

News from Evansville Courier & Press: EVANSVILLE — Battered by the rising costs of providing health insurance for employees, a pair of local governments are poised to save money by replacing current health plans with ones with higher deductibles. In Vanderburgh County, where county government budget writers expect to pass a 2012 budget Sept. 28, [...]

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Health Insurance Likely to Stay Part of Benefit Package

News from MedPage Today: WASHINGTON — Nearly three-fourths of medium-to-large employers plan on continuing to offer their workers health insurance once the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect, according to a survey by consulting firm Towers Watson. According to the survey of 368 mid-to-large-sized companies, 71% of firms plan to continue [...]

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Medicare payments: US encourages bundling

News from Christian Science Monitor: Medicare payments, if bundled, could save the US money. The agency that handles Medicare payments is trying to make incentives to base payments on the quality of care, not the quantity, says a government official. The U.S. agency that runs government health insurance is launching a program that would bundle [...]

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Comparison shopping

News from ModernHealthcare.com: Comparison shopping The Obama administration’s draft of standardized forms to help Americans compare health plans drew praise from supporters of the federal healthcare overhaul. Advocates for insurers and businesses,… More » Not a ModernHealthcare.com member yet? Already a ModernHealthcare.com member? Get Free Access Breaking News Video News and Interviews Podcasts with Industry [...]

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One way to reduce health insurance

News from NorthJersey.com: We all know how expensive medical care is today. We try to justify the cost by acknowledging that there have been more advances in medical care in the last 40 years than in the entire history of the study of medicine. We readily admit that there are some medications that can eliminate [...]

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Will Health Care Reform Survive the Courts?

News from New York Times: By PHILIP M. BOFFEY Published: August 20, 2011 The legal battle over the constitutionality of the health care reform law will determine how far government can go in helping to improve people’s lives. Ultimately, the Supreme Court will have to decide this question. Until then, the pileup of lower federal [...]

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