Health Insurance Roundup, April 28, 2016


A policy that covers your OPD expenses | Business Standard News

Indian consumers’ hesitation to buy health insurance perhaps stems from the fact that most of the health care expense goes towards outpatient care, medicines and other medical goods, while in-patient or hospitalisation accounts for a smaller share. And, most health insurance policies cover only hospitalisation costs. So, what is the point of buying health insurance if it does not pay for most of the health care costs? 


Wise-up Wednesday from Zane Benefits: Top 5 health insurance options for dental practices – DentistryIQ

For many dental practice owners and brokers, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can feel like a moving target. However, for small practices with fewer than 50 employees who are not mandated to provide health insurance, the options for small group health insurance are clearer. 


Health insurance region study clears Colorado House, Senate | Steamboat Pilot & Today

A bill that would require a study of the feasibility of placing all of Colorado into a single region for purposes of determining health insurance costs has passed both the Colorado Senate and House and will now head to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. 


California considering bill that would give undocumented immigrants health insurance | Fox News Latino

Legislators in California introduced a bill this week that asks the federal government for permission to sell health insurance through the Covered California exchange to people who can’t prove they’re legally in the country. 


Opinion: Help navigating health insurance

I noticed that, like most press coverage, the recent article “Dropping Vermont Health Connect has consequences” (March 21) made no mention of the support available to Vermonters experiencing challenges. Unfortunately, most Vermonters don’t seem aware that free help is available. 


Bill would require Illinois health insurance companies to cover tamper-resistant opioid medication

A coalition of physicians, law enforcement agencies, addiction survivors and substance abuse counselors urged state lawmakers during a press conference Tuesday to pass legislation that would make it more difficult to misuse prescription opioid medication. 


Will capping the tax exclusion kill employer health insurance?

With issues still surrounding the tax exemption on employer health insurance and the pending Cadillac tax remaining a contentious point, one industry expert believes he has a solution that offers “better health insurance choices and greater fairness to low-income Americans.”  


Risk Adjustment Affects Plans on Health Insurance Exchanges

The trade association AMGA, which entails a large membership of medical groups and healthcare delivery systems, submitted comments last week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposal to change risk adjustment methodology for health insurance plans that are sold through the state health insurance exchanges. 


Health insurance for govt, garment workers on cards | The Daily Star

The government has taken an initiative to launch health insurance for government employees and social health insurance for garment workers, Health Minister Mohammed Nasim said yesterday. The insurance schemes are part of the Healthcare Financing Strategy 2012, which has been prepared already, he told the parliament. 


Greg Feste offers supplemental health insurance advice | Examiner.com

Even if you have standard health insurance, it can be hard to cover all your costs. Doctor’s appointments, medications, tests – these are just some of the benefits your existing health insurance probably offers. But many Americans are left holding hefty bills after medical procedures or an illness – costs that health insurance policies usually don’t cover at 100 percent, or at all. 


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