Health Insurance Roundup, May 3, 2016

Voluntary Excesses Reduce Health Insurance Premiums | Scoop News

Online Insurance Broker The Portfolio Company Ltd advocates using voluntary excess when taking out Health Insurance to make the premiums more affordable to cover those Non-urgent treatments such as hip and knee replacements. 

Cantwell urges improved health insurance options for Washington | Q13 FOX News

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell wants Washington state to bring back the Basic Health Plan, which provided an inexpensive health insurance option for the working poor. 

Health insurance is a result of the problem, not the cause | Broker Innovation Lab

Let’s look at all the things carriers and employers have done over the last 40 years to try to curb the increase in both health care costs and utilization. They include (but are not limited to):   

Health insurance premiums topic of Trenton R-9 Board of Education meeting – KTTN/KGOZ Radio

Health insurance costs will be going up in the Trenton R-9 School District for the next year. How much of an increase though remains to be determined by the board of education.  

PM Nawaz announces health insurance for poor in Balochistan | Pakistan –

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the distribution of 76000 health cards as he inaugurated the National Health Programme on Monday. In his address he said that in the first phase of the programme health cards will be distributed to people in Quetta, Loralai, Kech and Lasbela. “We are completing another milestone of our journey today,” he said. “This health programme will provide insurance to the poor.”  

Azerbaijan to apply low compulsory health insurance fees in initial stage – AzerNews

A symbolic interest rate for compulsory health insurance will be introduced in Azerbaijan in the first stage, Zaur Aliyev, the Director of the State Agency for Compulsory Health Insurance under the Cabinet of Ministers said. 

City Health Insurance Costs Continue To Rise – | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – Jamestown | Post-Journal

The costs for 1,214 employees, retirees, spouses and dependents in the city’s self-insured health insurance plan was $6,237,947 in 2015. In 2011, it cost the city $2,104,783 less at a total of $4,133,164 to provide health care coverage. 

Moda Health leaving Alaska individual health market in 2017 | Alaska Public Media

One of the two companies offering individual health insurance policies for Alaskans on the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace has announced that it will be withdrawing from that market next year. 

AHRQ Report Shows Gains in Access to and Affordability of Health Insurance

More people have health care coverage, have a usual place to go for medical care and can more easily afford medical bills after the Affordable Care Act’s provisions have taken effect, according to a report released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  

Does Your Child Have Health Insurance? | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Before college, I served as a medic in the military. After starting school, I was able to use the medical training to work in the hospitals as a nursing assistant and worked for various medical staffing agencies in Jackson. 

Hancock County Discovers Discrepancy in New Health Insurance Deductions – Mix 107.3 KIOW

A few weeks ago, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors approved the new Wellmark health insurance rates, along with the summary of benefits and coverage. Last week, the Hancock County payroll clerk discovered a slight discrepancy on how much to deduct out of each employee’s check for health insurance. Supervisor Jerry Tlach says the difference is a very minuscule amount, and revisions were made at Monday’s meeting. 


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