Health Insurance Roundup, July 13, 2016


Red Tape Leaves Some Low-Income Toddlers Without Health Insurance : Shots – Health News : NPR

Many babies born to mothers who are covered by Medicaid are automatically eligiblefor that health insurance coverage during their first year of life. In a handful of states, the same is true for babies born to women covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program


Aditya Birla Health Insurance gets certificate of registration – The Economic Times

MUMBAI: Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co today said it has received ‘certificate of registration’ from regulator Irda, moving a step closer to commencing business.


5 Facts About Health Insurance Every Retiree Should Know — The Motley Fool

Is the magic date for your retirement approaching? Or perhaps you have already achieved that major life milestone?  


Illinois Moves to Shut Down Failing Health Insurance Co-Op – ABC News

An Illinois health insurance co-op with 49,000 policyholders in the state has become the latest casualty among a dwindling group of nonprofit alternative insurers set up under the Affordable Care Act


WBAY – Wisconsin lags in getting children on health insurance – July 12, 2016

States across the country are making strides in getting children onto health insurance rolls, but Wisconsin’s rate of uninsured children is stagnant. 


Missed the 2016 Open Enrollment Period? Term Health Insurance Is the Best Option

AgileHealthInsurance.com, the Internet’s first site dedicated to helping consumers understand the value of term health insurance, announced today it has added additional plans for consumers seeking coverage outside of the open enrollment period. 


Swiss health insurance premiums could rise 4 to 5 percent

Spokesperson Verena Nold from Santesuisse, an organisation representing many of Switzerland’s health insurers, told Swiss public radio last Friday that the organisation expects Swiss health insurance premiums to go up by a similar percentage in 2017 as they have in recent years. According to Ms Nold, people are going to the doctor more often, and visits are costing more. These two trends are driving insurance premiums higher. 


New Article on Obamacare is Written by…Obama – NBC News

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


Portage School Board shoots down health insurance change | Regional news | wiscnews.com

Portage School Board members voted down the District Leadership Team’s recommendation for health insurance coverage Monday, raising questions, for some, about how well the team represents staff. 


Michigan Seeks Comment on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Changes

State insurance regulators are seeking public comment on requested health insurance policy rate changes. 


Now on Starbucks’ menu: Less health coverage – LA Times

Starbucks announced Monday that it will give its U.S. workers a raise that will boost compensation by 5% to 15%. That’s very cool. 


No health insurance cost increase for Morgan County employees | Morgan County | decaturdaily.com

The Morgan County Commission voted this morning to renew the county employees’ health insurance plan with no cost increase to employees for the sixth straight year. 


Obama Opens the Back Door to a Single-Payer Nationalized Health Plan

Among the many bones the Obama administration had to throw to supporters of the health insurance industry in order to get their support for the Affordable Care Act, abandoning the idea of a “public option” on the health insurance exchanges — a way for consumers to buy in to a Medicare-type program — was among the biggest. 


Federal health insurance in Wyoming up 7 percent on average – SFGate

Some Wyoming residents will pay more for health insurance next year as rates rise 7 percent on average from the state’s lone provider under the federal health care program, but people who receive subsidies to offset insurance costs could see little to no increase in their payments, officials involved with the program say. 


Editorial: State should phase out government retiree health insurance;

Oregon’s government agencies, from the smallest school district to the city of Portland and the state itself, spend a large chunk of money each year on salaries and benefits for their employees. 


Health Insurance For cancer: How to prepare right now – The Financial Express

India is home to some of the most dreaded diseases in the world. And cancer is no exception. 


Wisconsin Sen. Larson says it’s time to take on the health insurance companies

Health insurance deductibles are out of control according to Wisconsin Sen. Chris Larson. Wisconsin residents are paying $3,347 a year just on doctor visit deductibles. On top of that, they’re paying $1,203 for deductibles on prescription drugs. 


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 | MLive.com

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. 


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