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2012 February - Health Insurance Chat

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Entries for February, 2012

Health coverage search should start with key steps

News from MiamiHerald.com: Help is on the way for consumers flummoxed by health insurance forms, but they’ll need to be patient. The healthcare overhaul, which aims to provide coverage for millions of uninsured, requires private health plans to offer a user-friendly coverage summary. This form must explain key terms and cost details. The goal is [...]

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Health Care That No One Can Cope With Without Help

News from Huffington Post: A recent New York Times article found how dependent many Americans are on public benefits, even while supporting candidates and policies that would wipe out such programs. I’ve just been through my own “wake up call” experience over the past two months. I oversee the care of my 93-year-old mother who [...]

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Private health insurance rates jump

News from Herald Sun: Families will incur a five per cent price hike on their private health insurance bills from April 1. Picture: Source: News Limited FAMILIES will be hit with a five per cent increase on their private health insurance bills from April 1. Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced the average 5.06 per cent [...]

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Healthcare history: How the patchwork coverage came to be

News from Los Angeles Times: Workers swarmed through Henry J. Kaiser’s Richmond, Calif., shipyard in World War II, building 747 ships for the Navy. The war “had siphoned off the most hardy specimens,” a newspaper reported, so Kaiser was left with many workers too young, old or infirm to be drafted. The workers needed to [...]

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Obama Railroading Health-care Vision

News from PennLive.com: Feb. 26, 2012, 1:18 a.m. EST Editor: There is a much misinformation being offered to obscure President Barack Obama’s recent debacle related to insurance coverage for contraception and abortion. Contraception, birth control and abortions are not free. Insurance companies will not absorb the costs of these services any more than they absorb [...]

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Nonprofit co-operative to offer health insurance in Iowa

News from Indianapolis Star: Two heavy hitters in Iowa’s insurance industry are teaming up to compete with the state’s dominant health insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Several past efforts have failed to dent Wellmark’s hold on the market, but this one has financial backing from the federal government. It also has the expertise [...]

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Per person cost of federal high-risk medical plan doubles

News from Washington Post: Medical costs for enrollees in the health-care law’s high-risk insurance pools are expected to more than double initial predictions, the Obama administration said Thursday in a report on the new program. The health-care law set aside $ 5 billion for a Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, meant to provide health insurance to [...]

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Vt. House advances health insurance overhaul bill

News from Boston.com: MONTPELIER, Vt.—The Vermont House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill under which the state would take the next big step on a path to sweeping health insurance reform passed in broad outline last year. The measure, advanced on an 82-40 vote, would set up a state-managed health insurance marketplace, known [...]

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Lesbian federal worker wins health benefits case

News from Boston.com: SAN FRANCISCO—The government cannot deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition of same-sex unions, a federal judge has ruled. In Wednesday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said the government’s refusal to furnish health insurance to Karen Golinski’s [...]

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Feds jump-start health insurance co-ops with loans

News from Gant Daily: You are here: Home / News / National News / Feds jump-start health insurance co-ops with loans February 22, 2012 at 2:43 AM by AHN ·   United States (KaiserHealth) – Seven organizations will receive a total of $ 639 million in federal low-interest loans to launch new, consumer-governed health insurance [...]

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