Do-It-Yourselfers Face Penalties Over Their Cut-Rate Health Insurance : Shots – Health News : NPR
Last fall, Shalonda Brown decided she’d had it with paying nearly $1,000 a month for family health, dental and vision plans through her job at an independent lab in Dallas.
Casting about for an alternative, she checked out individual family plans on HealthCare.gov. No dice. The family’s income was too high to qualify for subsidies and comparable coverage wouldn’t be any cheaper. …
Health insurance market maintained double digit growth last fiscal year – The Hindu
The health insurance segment in the country continues to witness steady growth on the back of growing healthcare costs and increasing penetration levels with total premium collection growing 15 per cent in 2014-15 year-on-year. During 2014-15, the gross health insurance premium collected by non-life insurance companies was Rs.20,096 crore compared with Rs.17,495 crore in 2013-14, recording an increase of 14.87 per cent, according to the latest annual report of IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority of India). …
WPS and Aspirus form health insurance company | Local News | host.madison.com
Monona-based WPS Health Solutions and Wausau-based Aspirus health system are creating a health insurance company in north-central Wisconsin.
Aspirus Arise Health Plan of Wisconsin, known publicly as Aspirus Arise, will sell individual marketplace, small group, large group and self-funded plans in 16 counties, pending approval from the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and other regulatory agencies.
Arise Health Plan, based in De Pere, is part of WPS. Aspirus has four hospitals in Wisconsin and four hospitals in Michigan, along with 50 clinics, home health care, hospice care and other services. …
Feds, Florida battle over “health insurance marketplace” slogan | jacksonville.com
Florida’s fledgling health exchange, Florida Health Choices, has always accused the federal Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange of stealing its thunder. The two exchanges operate in similar fashion but have different origins and offer very different services.
Florida Health Choices is the brainchild of U.S. Sen. and then-Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, and it has the backing of conservative lawmakers. Right now, the state-based site allows individuals to purchase comprehensive insurance coverage. (UPDATE: This paragraph was corrected to reflect current offerings.) The state exchange has struggled to attract customers. …
January 31 Health Insurance Deadline Looms
“Most importantly I need a proof of income. I need an accurate estimation of income, and I need Social Security numbers for everybody that is enrolled,” says Alex Sampson with Health Benefits Associates.
Sampson has been signing people during the registration period which began in November 2015. He says unlike in years past with the federal site, the process has been pretty easy this year for his clients. …
Nevada’s health insurance exchange nears 80,000 enrollees | Las Vegas Review-Journal
With four days left in the sign-up period, Nevada’s health insurance exchange is closing in on 80,000 customers.
Nevada Health Link had enrolled 79,055 people by Saturday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.
The sign-ups include automatic renewals from 2015, though the federal government didn’t break down numbers by existing versus new enrollments.
With three days left until the Jan. 31 enrollment deadline, Nevada Health Link has already bested the 72,000 sign-ups it had a year ago. …
Health insurance deadline looms large
Gypsi Pate had a pre-existing condition, sports injuries, when she started searching for a new insurance policy. She says she was stressed about finding a plan she could afford. Back in the day, Pate loved roller derby…until she was flipped airborne during practice.
The injuries caused chronic pain and ultimately Pate’s roller derby retirement. Dealing with chronic pain became even more stressful when Pate lost her health insurance. …
Mid-Missouri organizations to host health insurance sign-up event | Local | columbiamissourian.com
Several mid-Missouri organizations are partnering for an event Sunday to help people understand their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline for open enrollment is the same day.
Primaris Foundation and the Cover Missouri Coalition will host the free event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Primaris’ offices at 200 N. Keene St. in Columbia. Counselors from Primaris, as well as volunteers from Central Missouri Community Action, the Family Health Center, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, and the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging will be on hand, according to a news release. …
Dependents urged to get health insurance as deadline nears | GulfNews.com
With the deadline for the final roll-out of mandatory insurance ticking away in Dubai, top officials of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have urged the public to put their medical insurance policies in place or run the risk of being penalised for violating the law.
In the current third and last phase, the mandatory insurance scheme, which links visa applications to medical insurance, requires companies with less than 100 employees and individuals, including spouses, dependent parents and children, and domestic workers to get covered by June 30. From July 1, anyone applying for a new visa or visa renewal must be able to demonstrate that they are covered by medical insurance by presenting a medical certificate from the insurance company. …
Cruz control: GOP candidate fesses up to having health insurance | Healthcare Dive
Prior to Blue Cross, Cruz and his family had health insurance through his wife’s employer, Goldman Sachs. However, that policy was suspended in March 2015 when she went on leave to focus on her husband’s campaign. …
Liberty Tax Provides One-Stop Option for Health Insurance, Taxes
Open enrollment in the health insurance Marketplace ends Sunday, just as tax season is ramping up. Those two realities make Liberty Tax, a leading international tax franchise, the perfect one-stop option for consumers looking to enroll in health insurance coverage by the January 31 deadline as they can have their taxes professionally prepared at the same time.
“We have made it easy for consumers to manage these two yearly obligations in one location,” said Chuck Lovelace, Vice President of the Affordable Care Act for Liberty Tax. “Now, with the health insurance deadline approaching, it makes even more sense for consumers to choose Liberty Tax.” …
County Takes $500K Hit From Large Health Insurance Claims – The Greeneville Sun: Local News
There was nothing that could have been done, according to Chris Poynter with Trinity Benefit Advisors, Greene County’s insurance broker.
The county’s insurance fund took a hit from a number of large claims during December, Poynter told officials at Tuesday’s meeting of the Greene County Insurance Committee.
“It’s not anything that doing a better job on wellness or any of that stuff would’ve changed,” Poynter said. …
HealthyCT, Connecticut’s Non-Profit Health Insurance CO-OP, Selects QualMetrix, Inc. as Its Healthcare Analytics Partner | Business Wire
HealthyCT has chosen QualMetrix as its healthcare analytics partner. QualMetrix delivers actionable insights to payors, providers and employers to help them reduce cost while enhancing the quality of healthcare for their respective members, patients and employees. …
State mistake leaves man without health insurance | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WHAM
Thomas Roth is scrambling to make sure he and his family will have health insurance this year.
Roth lost his benefits last April, because the state thought he was in prison.
“I called up Blue Cross and they told me New York State of Health cancelled me because I was incarcerated,” Roth said. …
Partnership guides would-be patients through health insurance maze | Clay Today
Last year, a major stint of bronchitis landed Marisol Kashmiri in the hospital but she did not have health insurance. While she was recovering, a woman approached her about signing up for health coverage, but Kashmiri did not think it would be affordable.
Kashmiri, 52, lost year job as a real estate broker last year but lived without health insurance for six years even though she suffers from asthma. …
Govt prepares to launch new version of health insurance scheme covering 50 crore people
The Health Ministry is preparing to introduce an expanded version of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), the government’s flagship health insurance scheme, covering more than 10 crore families or about 50 crore people, reports a daily newspaper.
The plans come a year after the Ministry of Health got the administrative responsibility for RSBY from the Ministry of Labour, which launched it in 2008. The expanded scheme will be the first step towards universal health insurance, though the final modalities and the name of the scheme are still a work in progress. …
Rochester radiologist sentenced for defrauding health insurance programs | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WHAM
A local radiologist has been sentenced for defrauding health insurance programs.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced Wednesday that Thomas Stephenson, MD, of Rochester has been sentenced to one year probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service for committing health care fraud.
Stephenson was also fined $25,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Field, who handled the case, stated that Stephenson owned and operated Westside Imaging in Rochester. …
US health insurer Centene loses 950,000 people’s records – BBC News
The medical records of nearly a million people have gone missing, a US health insurance company has admitted.
Centene Corporation said it was conducting an internal search for six hard drives containing the information.
Customers’ names, addresses and dates of birth were included, as well as their social security numbers, membership details and health information, Centene said.
But no financial or payment details of customers were on the drives, it said. …
NunatsiaqOnline 2016-01-27: LETTERS: QIA should develop supplementary health insurance for Inuit
I’m writing to you today to request that the Qikiqtani Inuit Association board consider developing and approving a supplementary insurance program for Baffin Inuit.
I believe that if QIA approved such a program, the quality of life for Inuit in the Baffin region would be enhanced greatly, and also, it would reflect on the QIA and board as a proactive and visionary organization.
As an Inuk from the Baffin region who has dealt with the Non-Insured Health Benefits program all my life, I am quite aware of the shortcomings of the NIHB program, which is to provide eligible Inuit with a specified range of medically necessary health-related goods and services when they are not covered through private insurance plans or provincial-territorial health and social programs. …
Milennials face tough choice between buying health insurance or paying fine – THonline.com: National/World
Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Fines for being uninsured rise sharply in 2016 — averaging nearly $1,000 per household, according to an independent estimate. It’s forcing those in their 20s and 30s to take a hard look and see if they can squeeze in coverage to avoid penalties. Many are trying to establish careers or just make progress in a still-bumpy economy.
“There’s only so far one can dwindle a ramen-noodle diet,” said Christopher Rael, of Los Angeles. In his late 20s, Rael is pursuing a degree in sociology and working at a children’s center to pay his bills. …