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2012 December - Health Insurance Chat

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Entries for December, 2012

Employees and retirees can lose health insurance when a firm closes or is sold

News from Washington Post: For some people, the promise of employer-provided health insurance is reason enough to take a job or stay put in one. But unexpected events — a corporate bankruptcy or sale, for example — can undermine the security of on-the-job coverage and leave both employees and retirees with few affordable options. Starting [...]

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GOP governors walk fine line on health care law

News from Boston Globe: ATLANTA — Governor Rick Scott of Florida, who made a fortune as a health care executive, long opposed President Obama’s remake of the health insurance market. But after the Democratic president won reelection, the Republican governor softened his tone. Scott said he wanted to ‘‘have a conversation’’ with the administration about [...]

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What’s in store for money matters in 2013?

News from Boston Globe: istockphoto.com Financial pros offer their forecasts for the year ahead. New Year’s Eve bells will ring in more than confetti showers and new diets. For consumers, Jan. 1 will usher in fresh laws, regulations, and trends that will immediately affect their spending and saving power, regardless of fiscal cliff decisions. Reuters [...]

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Health care law is serious business

News from Atlanta Journal Constitution: The realities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are finally hitting businesses across Georgia. With the presidential election insuring that the law isn’t going away, business executives who had remained in “wait and see’ mode until November have rushed to seminars and called their consultants, insurance brokers and [...]

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GOP Governors Deny The Poor Health Care In Opposing Obamacare’s Medicaid … – Huffington Post

News from GOP Governors Deny The Poor Health Care In Opposing Obamacare’s Medicaid … – Huffington Post: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in De Witt, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Both Republican governors — along with those in Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota and Maine — have [...]

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Illinois lawmakers face decisions on health care

News from The State Journal-Register: Illinois lawmakers face two critical decisions over how to carry out President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. With attention turning in 2013 to how states will implement the health law, Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing legislation to establish a state-run health insurance exchange to help middle-class citizens and small businesses, [...]

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Health care tax hikes for 2013 may be just a start

News from Minnesota Public Radio: December 26, 2012 By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers [...]

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Health care tax hikes for 2013 may be just start

News from Boston Globe: WASHINGTON — New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Obama’s health care overhaul. Most people may not notice, because the taxes are aimed at the health industry and high-income taxpayers. But they will pay attention if Congress starts taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers [...]

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Health Care Tax Hikes for 2013 May Be Just a Start

News from ABC News: New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits. [...]

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Health-care costs gobble up paychecks

News from Sun-Sentinel: WASHINGTON — The cost of health insurance for Florida’s working families rose by a staggering 62 percent in eight years, reaching an average of $ 4,562 in 2011, even as paychecks remained largely stagnant. In addition, deductibles roughly doubled from 2003 to 2011, taking more money out of the pockets of stressed [...]

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