Health Insurance Roundup, July 12, 2016

Indian women are excluded from health insurance benefits on an industrial scale — Quartz

In the last five years, when there were major concerns over the country’s economic growth, the Indian health insurance industry was doing surprisingly well. In fact, it had been growing at more thandouble the rate of the overall economy, according to data from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA). 

Health insurance firm BeniComp relocates headquarters from Fort Wayne to Tampa | Tampa Bay Times

BeniComp Insurance Co., a supplemental group health insurance company, has relocated its headquarters from Fort Wayne, Ind., to downtown Tampa. 

Michiganders could see health insurance rate hikes on ‘Obamacare’ marketplace |

Michigan insurers participating in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace have asked the state to approve a collective 17.3 percent in rate increases for 2017. 

Obama renews call for U.S. public health insurance option

President Barack Obama on Monday urged Congress to reconsider offering a government-run health insurance option alongside private plans on the exchanges created as part of his national healthcare law. 

Buy health insurance not just for saving tax; 5 basics you should know – The Financial Express

Health insurance plans help in meeting your financial goals with a tax saving process. Accidents and the exigencies can be easily covered with health insurance plans. 

Amosun Launches Health Insurance Scheme In Ogun • Channels Television

The community based health insurance scheme tagged “Araya Scale Up” is meant to provide affordable healthcare service delivery to residents of the state. 

1st phase of one-contract health insurance policy begins – Saudi Gazette

The first phase of the one contract health insurance policy for private sector employees and their dependents began on Sunday. 

U’khand health insurance plan with Rs 1.75 lakh cover from August | dehradun | Hindustan Times

The Uttarakhand government will launch on August 1 the second phase of the Mukhyamantri Swasthya Beema Yojana (MSBY) that will extend the health cover to each beneficiary from existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.75 lakh. 

Connecticut health insurance marketplace to hold enrollment fair in New Haven

Access Health CT, the state’s official health insurance marketplace, will hold an enrollment fair from 1 to 8 p.m. July 13 at the agency’s enrollment center at 55 Church St., according to a release. 

Sen. Steve Daines Responds to Montana Health Insurance Rate Requests

Last week Montana Inusrance and Exchange Commissioner Monica Lindeen announced higher rate requests for the three health insurance providers on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. Sen. Steve Daines responded to the rate request today. 

Rural Americans Make Greater Insurance Gains Under Health Law Than Urban Residents: HHS | Kaiser Health News

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says rural Americans are gaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act at rates outpacing their urban counterparts. 

Health funding: something else for Turnbull to worry about

In turning its attention to health policy, it appears the Turnbull government has learnt from its near-death experience. It now must reconcile the political sensitivity of Medicare and the need for fiscal discipline. 

Presbyterian to drop out of Obamacare exchange | Albuquerque Journal

Many insurers are shedding their Obamacare plans lately, and that now includes the largest health plan in New Mexico. Presbyterian Health Plan will no longer offer individual and family policies on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, starting next year, company officials said Monday. 

Michigan’s Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act is Upheld Once Again – Lexology

Michigan’s tax on paid health care claims is not preempted by ERISA, according to a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Government to formalise use of health insurance cards at public facilities – News –

Tufton told Parliament last week that when user fees were abolished in 2008 the Government retained the requirement to collect private health insurance at facilities, but some hospitals discontinued doing so, which resulted in a greater loss of income. 

5 Health Insurance Tips for Overseas Travelers | MONEY

No one wants to think about mid-vacation health scares. But emergencies happen, and your regular insurance may not cover your care overseas. To avoid any expensive surprises, lay the groundwork before you board a plane. 

The ACA notwithstanding, employer spending on health insurance per employee is dropping | Employee Benefit News

Employers appear to be adapting to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and, despite the new mandates, are spending less on health insurance per employee than they have in the past, according to new research. 

NJ’s Investigators Stay Ahead of Multi-Million Dollar Health Insurance Scams – NJ Spotlight

Armed with high-tech analytical software, a vast knowledge of healthcare billing codes, and a patience for continuous data-sifting, health insurance investigators in New Jersey continue to ferret out fraudulent scams that cost the public hundreds of millions of dollars each year. 

Ultrasounds in private clinics to be covered by Quebec health insurance | Montreal Gazette

Beginning later this year, Quebecers who require ultrasounds will no longer have to pay for them out of pocket even if the tests are done in a private clinic, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced Wednesday. 

Health insurance for government staff renewed – The Hindu

The State government has enhanced the coverage under the health insurance scheme for government employees and extended the scheme to cover treatment for cancer and organ transplant surgeries. 

Mandatory health insurance in Latvia might cost 25-70 euros a month for patients

If mandatory health insurance were introduced in Latvia on the account of patients, introducing additional payments, every resident would have to pay 25-70 euros monthly, said Latvian Health Minister Anda Caksa in an interview with the Latvian public radio on Wednesday. 

Buying life and health insurance combined offers? Are they worth your money | The Financial Express

Insurance combi-plans that offer life insurance and health cover under one roof has been in news recently with IndiaFirst Life Insurance tying up with Star Health Insurance to introduce a suite of five plans that provide the dual cover. 

New health insurance for security agents – Peru this Week

Health insurance is important to have in any workplace; however, some groups of people are only recently setting themselves up for these important benefits. 

Do you know this about waiting period in health insurance –

Bought a health insurance policy lately or planning to buy one? It is recommended to read the fine print carefully before entering into an insurance contract. We all get excited to see the benefits offered in a proposition, but tends to overlook the nitty gritty’s of the same.

The government may be about to squash more than $91 billion of health insurance mergers – Yahoo Finance

(Felue Chang, who is newly insured under an insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act, receives a checkup from Dr. Peria Del Pino-White at the South Broward Community Health Services clinic on April 15, 2014, in Hollywood, Florida. 

OPED: Speak out in favor of affordable health insurance

My name is Carla Christopher and I live in the heart of York City, where I spend most of my days taking calls from people who need help finding healthcare they can afford. 

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