Health Insurance Roundup, May 26, 2016


Two Health Insurance Providers Leaving NCW – KPQ

The state Insurance Commissioner’s disappointed, but not surprised over a reduction in health care options in central Washington. Two companies are discontinuing coverage in 12 counties, including Chelan, Douglas and Kittitas in the north central region. Steve Valandra with the Insurance Commissioner’s office says less populated areas present difficult challenges. 


Saratoga doctors federally indicted in alleged health-insurance fraud scheme – San Jose Mercury News

A pair of doctors from Saratoga have been indicted in an illicit billing scheme to defraud patients and health-insurance providers by routinely charging for unperformed services and unseen patients and exaggerating other treatments, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 


Health insurance providers propose large premium increases in Pa. | WPMT FOX43

HARRISBURG – New data from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department released Wednesday shows that people who buy health insurance from the public marketplace could see a big jump in their premiums next year. 


WNYT.com – In-Depth: The cost of staying alive

Health insurers in New York recently proposed premium increases averaging 12 to 17 percent for next year. If history plays out, the Department of Financial Services will reduce those requests. We’ll know in early August. 


How Millennials Should Buy Their First Health Insurance Plan – TheStreet

Millennials who are graduating from college and entering the workforce should ensure they purchase the right type of health insurance coverage


Connecticut lawmakers press for thorough review of 2 health insurance mergers

Seventeen lawmakers are asking the state’s insurance commissioner for a fair and thorough review of two pending colossal health insurance mergers and a study of how they could affect Connecticut jobs. 


Help Squad: Health insurance deducted from paychecks but coverage denied – Evanston Review

Nov. 5, 2015, was my and my co-workers’ last day of work at Ponderosa, as the owner closed the restaurant. I received two paychecks following the closing in which my health insurance was taken out of each. 


IWF – New Overtime Regs Could Affect Your Health… Insurance

The Department of Labor released new regulations on overtime pay this month, and we are just beginning to hear about the repercussions. IWF’s Carrie Lukas has written more about the costs associated with these new regulations, but one interesting aspect is the effect on health insurance plans. 


Virginia Organizing on health insurance merger: Listen to the people : Augusta Free Press

Virginia Organizing leaders were present at the Insurance Commission meeting on Wednesday to stress the importance of listening to and addressing directly affected people’s concerns about the Anthem-Cigna mega-merger. 


Florida health insurance rate changes | U.S. Department of Health & Human Service | Press Release – Florida Trend

Consumers in Florida will continue to have affordable coverage options in 2017 and will benefit from two new issuers entering the Marketplace. Last year, the average monthly premium for people with Marketplace coverage getting tax credits increased just $2, from $82 to $84 per month, despite headlines suggesting big rate increases. 


Merger talk is an ill wind for health insurance consumers – Journal Inquirer: Editorials

The antitrust division of the Department of Justice is studying the proposed mergers between Aetna and Humana, and Anthem and Cigna. 


Can Affordable Health Insurance Happen in 2016? BeniComp Has a Solution

BeniComp Insurance Company, a leading national provider of supplemental group health insurance, has seen a significant spike in their clients’ employee participation for their wellness initiatives. BeniComp clients experience nearly 100% participationin their annual biometric health screening by implementing a high-deductible health plan with outcome-based deductible incentives. As a result, BeniComp clients have been able to cut their healthcare spending and offer lower premiums in exchange. 

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