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2014 September - Health Insurance Chat

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Entries for September, 2014

Employers face unusual market for health insurance

News from Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Given UPMC’s recent announcement Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be part of the Pittsburgh hospital system’s new advertising campaign, it’s fitting that the checkered flag drops on Oct. 1. That date marks the beginning of an annual three-month sprint for business-based health insurance customers, known as the “open-enrollment” period. It’s [...]

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Health-Law Coverage Expansion Gets Tougher

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Swiss Voters Reject Shift To State-Run Health Insurance

News from Business Insider: © AFP/File Fabrice CoffriniCampaign posters promoting a single public health insurance system are seen on September 21, 2014 in GenevaGeneva (AFP) – Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan to ditch the country’s all-private health insurance system and create a state-run scheme, exit polls showed. Some 64 percent of the [...]

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Why Big Health Insurance is pouring money into startups

News from Fortune: One effect of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare? A spike in venture interest in health care startups. Digital health care companies raised $ 2.3 billion in the first half of 2014, which surpasses the total raised in all of 2013, according Rock Health, a health care-focused seed fund. That figure is [...]

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Health care in America

News from The Economist: IT IS now nearly a year since the roll-out of Obamacare. The launch was a shambles, and Obamacare is a totem for every American who hates big government. Republicans will deride it, yet again, in the mid-term elections. Obamacare is indeed costly and overcomplicated. Yet it is not to blame for [...]

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Health insurance deductibles rise faster than premiums

News from Concord Monitor: It’s not your imagination. If you have employer health insurance, you’re probably paying more out of your own pocket. High-deductible plans have been under the microscope during the past year, given their prevalence among new individual coverage plans offered under the Affordable Care Act. But it’s also a trend that is [...]

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Workers increasingly shoulder cost of employer-sponsored health insurance

News from STLtoday.com: The overall cost of employer-sponsored health insurance may not be growing by much. But, as a new report shows, companies are increasingly shifting the burden to employees. That’s a key finding of the most recent survey of employer-sponsored health insurance by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Education Trust, [...]

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Quit peddling skimpy health insurance, Iowa tells firms

News from DesMoinesRegister.com: Tony Leys, tleys@dmreg.com 7:24 p.m. CDT September 10, 2014 Buy Photo Nick Gerhart, Iowa’s new insurance commissioner. (Photo: Christopher Gannon/The Register )Buy Photo continues on DesMoinesRegister.com. Continue Reading … Related News: Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare StoryThis is the story of the Singapore healthcare system: how it works, how it is financed, [...]

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Citizenship Required for Health Care

News from U.S. News & World Report: Immigrants who are in the country illegally are not eligible to receive insurance subsidies or to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act.  About 200,000 people who are receiving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could lose their coverage at the end [...]

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Analysis of 2015 Premium Changes in the Affordable Care Act’s Health …

News from Kaiser Family Foundation: With the second open enrollment period of the health insurance marketplaces approaching, this analysis provides an initial look at premium changes for marketplace plans for individuals in 15 states and the District of Columbia that have publicly released comprehensive data on rates or rate filings for all insurers. The analysis [...]

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