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2012 July - Health Insurance Chat

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Entries for July, 2012

Health insurance premium refunds coming to millions of Americans

News from Examiner.com: Tomorrow, August 1 health insurance companies throughout the country will be refund $ 1.1 billion dollars in premiums to 12.8 million of their subscribers. This is because of a rule that goes into effect tomorrow, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act makes many changes to the way healthcare [...]

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Insurance Rebates Seen as Selling Point for Health Law

News from New York Times: Lucia Harkenreader’s check landed in her mailbox last week: a rebate of $ 456.15 from her health insurance company, with a letter dryly explaining that the money came courtesy of the federal health care law. “It almost looked like junk mail,” said Ms. Harkenreader, a tax accountant in Mountain Top, [...]

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Colorado Health Insurance CO-OP Receives $69 Million Loan Award from HHS

News from Sacramento Bee: DENVER, July 27, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ — The Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative, Inc. (CO-OP) has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that its loan application for $ 69 million to start and operate a statewide nonprofit health insurance CO-OP has been approved.  The CO-OP is [...]

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Public-private effort aims to fight health-care fraud

News from Philadelphia Inquirer: WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is upping the ante in the fight against health-care fraud, joining forces with private insurers and state investigators on a scale not previously seen in an attempt to stanch tens of billions of dollars in losses. Announcing the new public-private partnership Thursday, Health and Human Services [...]

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Don’t Get Hit With Fines Under Health Care Reform

News from Fox Business: With more than 500 provisions, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains hefty tax implications for small business owners. Of the 500 provisions in health-care reform, more than 40 of these provisions affect the Internal Revenue Code, including incentives and tax breaks to individuals and small businesses to offset health-care [...]

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Gov’t stepping up fight against health care fraud

News from San Francisco Chronicle: WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up their game against health care fraud, the Obama administration and major insurers announced Thursday they will share raw data and investigative know-how on a scale not previously seen to try to shut off billions of dollars in questionable payments. At a White House event with [...]

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Expanding Medicaid cuts death rates, study finds

News from msnbc.com: State expansions of the Medicaid health insurance program for poor Americans reduced adult mortality rates by more than 6 percent compared with states that did not broaden eligibility for their plans, according to a study released on Wednesday. Don’t miss these Health stories Killers’ parents become instant pariahs Like the parents of [...]

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CBO: Supreme Court ruling means 3 million fewer with health care

News from Christian Science Monitor: Congressional Budget Office finds that the Supreme Court’s ruling will cut $ 84 billion from the cost of health-care reform, as states opt out of new law’s call to expand coverage for low-income families. Congress’s non-partisan budget umpire had some relatively bad news for both Republicans and Democrats in its [...]

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Opinion: Health-care reform holds great promise

News from The Star-Ledger – NJ.com: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton CEO Skip Cimino. By Anthony “Skip” Cimino With the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act behind us, we are more than halfway between the health-care law’s signing and its full implementation beginning in 2014. Yet there is still [...]

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All you need to know about health insurance rebates

News from Chicago Tribune: This column will focus on health insurance (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …), but first I’m going to offer you a timely piece of advice. On July 18, actor Fred Willard was arrested on suspicion of engaging in a lewd act at an adult theater in Hollywood. The big surprise here is that there are [...]

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