Health Insurance Roundup, February 29, 2016


Hitting The Curve: How To Make High Deductible Health Insurance Plans Affordable – Forbes

In the movie, “Moneyball,” Brad Pitt sits with his baseball scouts during one particular scene discussing potential players for the next season. When a specific scout is asked which prospect he likes best, he replies, “I like Perez. He’s got a classy swing, it’s a real clean stroke.” To which a second scout quips, “He can’t hit the curveball.”

It reminds me of an old baseball adage about young batters who never make it to the big leagues. “They can’t hit the curveball.”

Health consumers have made it to The Show, and are in charge, buying health insurance on their own, more than ever before. Insurance deductibles are big and getting bigger. There is a lot of choice, not only between the number of plans available, but also choosing between a private exchange or the government exchanges, or buying directly from an insurance carrier. 


How to Pick the Best Health Insurance Plan – 5 Easy Tips

Picking a health insurance plan can be a daunting task. And yet, as more and more people switch from employer-purchased health insurance to individually-purchased health insurance, it becomes even more important to become an informed consumer. So, just how do you pick a health insurance plan? Here are 5 quick tips to help. 


South Carolina man sentenced in fake health insurance case | WSOC-TV

A South Carolina man who helped sell fraudulent health insurance policies to over 17,000 victims nationwide has been sentenced to 82 months in prison.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Nashville, the fraudulent plans were marketed by a Springfield company called Smart Data Solutions.

That company and related entities were liquidated by the state in 2010 after a Davidson County court found they were acting as an unlicensed insurance company and posed a significant hazard to the public.

William Worthy II of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, admitted to participating in the scheme with co-conspirators. Together they embezzled more than $5.4 million for their personal use.

Worthy accepted responsibility for more than $7.3 million of losses from the fraud. 


PML-N extends health insurance plan to AJK

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said he regarded serving the masses a sacred duty and the objective of his government was only to ensure welfare of the people.

Addressing the launch of PM’s National Health Programme in Azad Kashmir, the prime minister said the scheme was a dream come true, as provision of quality healthcare to those who cannot afford it was part of his party’s manifesto. The prime minister said the programme has initially been implemented in 23 districts of Pakistan and would be extended to other areas in phases. “We believe politics is meant only to serve the masses, and we are doing it as a sacred duty,” the prime minister said, adding that a lot of work was done before the health insurance scheme saw the light of the day and was launched initially in Islamabad on December 31 last year. 


AP Poll Shows People Don’t Like Bernie Sanders’s Health Care Plan – The Atlantic

The AP recently asked 1,033 adults what they thought of “Medicare for All,” a cornerstone of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign.

When asked their view of “single-payer” health care—what such a system is often called—the respondents seemed to like it. “A slim plurality of 39 percent supports replacing the private health insurance system with a single government-run, taxpayer-funded plan that would cover medical, dental, vision and long-term care, with 33 percent opposed,” the AP’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Emily Swanson write. Just 26 percent, meanwhile, support the existing Obamacare law. 


457 visa questions – documents and health insurance

I have a couple questions about the 457 visa. I’m waiting on approval from my workplace at the moment but just want to get started on my visa application so I’m ready to go.

I know I need to create an immi account and fill in the visa application form. I also know that I have to provide some references (I am able to provide 2 of my 3 references over the last 3 years), my resume, copy of my passport and my marriage certificate so I can include my husband on my application.

Is there anything else I need to provide? Do I need to certify these documents? Do I need police/health checks? Is it an issue that I can’t get all the references (I can provide copies of my contract for the time I was at the job I can’t get a reference for)? 


Rubio attacks Trump for vague health care plan | Business Insurance

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio challenged Donald Trump at a Republican presidential debate Thursday to give more details about what he would put in place of the Affordable Care Act, but the front-running businessman said only that he would allow people to buy health insurance across state lines.

“What is your plan on health care? You don’t have a plan,” said Sen. Rubio, who advocated allowing employers to give their workers tax-free funds to buy health savings accounts or private insurance. Others would be able to buy coverage with a refundable tax credit, Sen. Rubio said. 


Trump blasted for lack of detail on health insurance plan

The Republican debate that aired on CNN Thursday night saw every major candidate present the same plan for the health insurance market, but one got flack for a lack of follow-up.

All five major GOP presidential candidates were asked during the Houston meeting what they would do to improve the nation’s healthcare system. Each candidate has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and debate moderator Dana Bash prompted expansion on the topic. 


Look who’s talking about healthcare policy

For most of the umpteen 2016 Presidential primary debates, there was virtual silence on the subject of the Affordable Care Act. There were a few mentions on the Democratic side, but on the Republican side … crickets. This was particularly stunning given that “Obamacare” had spent nearly six years beingthe single most despised policy of President Obama by the Republican Party, so hated by the GOP that they voted to repeal it over 60 times. And yet, when it came time for the GOP debates … there was little mention of the law.

Well that was then; this is now. Discussion of the ACA, and where to go next with healthcare policy in America, has heated up tremendously on the Democratic side of the aisle, as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders slug it out over whether we should stay the course by improving and expanding the ACA to achieve universal coverage, or shift to comprehensive Single Payer healthcare for everyone. 


Illinois officials say more than 1 million state residents have health insurance through programs launched by President Barack Obama’s health care law

Officials say more than 1 million Illinois residents have health insurance through programs launched by President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The number includes more than 388,000 Illinoisans who signed up during the recent marketplace enrollment period and more than 626,000 covered under the Medicaid expansion. It’s the first time the figure has topped a million.

Earlier this month, results from a federal survey showed Illinois among eight states with statistically significant coverage gains under the law. The uninsured rate among Illinois adults ages 18-64 fell from 17.8 percent to 10.6 percent between 2013 and 2015. 


thebahamasweekly.com – National Health Insurance San Salvador and Eleuthera Town Hall Meetings

The National Health Insurance Secretariat will hold town hall meetings across the Islands of San Salvador and Eleuthera throughout next week.

Ms. Damara Dillett, NHI Legal Counsel will facilitate the presentations at Rock Sound, Governor’s Harbour, Spanish Wells and Harbour Island, from February 29th through to March 2nd. The presentations are designed to inform the general public about the benefits and phases of NHI Bahamas, along with ongoing health care system strengthening. 


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