Health Insurance Roundup, May 4, 2016

Fixed addresses to give homeless better health insurance access – NL Times

The government and the Association of Dutch Municipalities reached an agreement on locating all homeless people in the country and giving them a fixed post address. This is to make sure they have access to health insurance and medical care, for which you need at least a postal address, ANP reports. 

Nigeria: Contributory Health Insurance Scheme Begins in Delta Soon –

Delta Sate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday, assured that the contributory health insurance scheme would soon take off in the state, to provide universal health insurance coverage for all Deltans. 

Health insurance costs are set to increase, with UK experiencing one of the biggest hikes in Europe, thanks to an ageing workforce and delays on the NHS | City A.M.

The research by Willis Towers Watson found that health insurance costs were expected to grow by 6.5 per cent in the UK in 2016, which is one of the largest year-on-year increases across Europe. 

Newark city employees to pay more for health insurance

Health insurance premiums for the roughly 900 people on the city’s insurance plan are increasing by 7 percent. Newark City Council voted for the increase Monday night after the city, which is self-insured, received more claims than expected in the first quarter of 2016. 

Many Oregonians Likely To Face Higher Health Insurance Premiums In 2017 . News | OPB

Many Oregonians are likely to face substantially higher health insurance premiums in 2017. The state has just released the rates that health insurance companies are asking to charge next year. Moda has been struggling to stabilize its finances. And it’s asking for the highest increase in the individual market — more than 32 percent. 

Insider Reason Why VA Now Pays Health Insurance

The Department of Veterans Affairs now pays for health insurance for certain veterans but the majority of eligible veterans have no idea. When asked, two-thirds of veterans who are eligible for coverage within Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment had no idea. A survey I ran yesterday showed 67 percent of veterans who answered were totally unaware of the option. 

Mount Greylock Retirees Address School Committee on Health Insurance / – The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.

Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week’s School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees. 

Politics In Real Life: Rising Health Care Costs Weigh On Voters : NPR

When the health insurance premiums got to the point that they were higher than her mortgage, Renee Powell started to become cynical. “There was something in me that just kind of switched,” said the mother of two from Bartlesville, Okla. “I was OK with paying $750, but when it became about $100 more than my housing costs, it upset me.” 

Council to consider health insurance services | Herald Citizen

Every three years, officials with the City of Cookeville look at brokerage services for employee healthcare benefits. As the council meets Thursday, a new agreement will be considered. “We received eight proposals,” Brenda Imel, finance director, explained to council members during Monday’s work session. “A committee of four employees evaluated each proposal, rated them on qualifications, service, experience, presentation and responsiveness.” 

Think the NHS is in poor health? Try being ill under the US system | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

There are, I have found, many advantages to being a Brit in America. My accent makes me seem 20% hotter and more intelligent than I really am and I can get into places by insinuating that I know the Queen (yeah, we hang out all the time in Brixton). However, one definite disadvantage of living in the US is the state of its healthcare system. 


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