Health Insurance Roundup, August 2, 2016


Principles for reforming public health insurance after ‘Mediscare’

The federal government can’t shy away from tackling Australia’s rapidly rising healthcare costs. 


India’s best health insurance plans – Livemint

The 2016 edition of Mint SecureNow Mediclaim Ratings brings you a medical insurance ratings to cut through the clutter. 


Colorado health insurance study: Single geographic area could lead to higher premiums – The Denver Post

Making Colorado a single geographic area for purposes of setting health insurance premiums wouldn’t solve the problem of much higher mountain rates, according to a study mandated by the legislature and released Monday by the Division of Insurance. 


Opioid-related insurance claims rose more than 3,000 percent 2007 to 2014

Health insurance claims for people hooked on prescription painkillers and heroin skyrocketed as the number of Americans who fatally overdosed on those opioids hit record highs, a new analysis reveals. 


Feds & states sue to stop big health insurance mergers | Pennsylvania | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania has joined a federal effort to stop the proposed multibillion-dollar merger of two of the nation’s largest health insurers. 


KDHE misfires on health insurance premium for 500 state retirees | CJOnline.com

A glitch at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment resulted in a failure to deduct July’s monthly health insurance payment for about 500 state retirees, officials said Monday. 


No uniform health insurance premium for domestic workers – Saudi Gazette

Health insurance premium for domestic workers varies depending on their medical history, Makkah Arabic newspaper quoted health insurance companies as saying on Monday. 


Thomas, Eaton chime in on NBA retirees’ health insurance | NBA.com

Former NBA centers share their thoughts on the NBPA’s recent agreement to fund insurance for a large group of former players. 


Cuomo Reminds Insurance Companies About ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Mental Health Discrimination

Health insurance companies will get a letter this week — letting them know New York state is watching when it comes to mental health coverage. 


Average health insurance premiums fell after Obamacare took effect, study says

You might not believe it’s true, but more cost less after Obamacare began, a new analysis claims. 


Researchers study link between health insurance, tobacco and alcohol use among reproductive age women

Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health studied the relationship between health insurance coverage and tobacco and alcohol use among reproductive age women in the United States, and whether there were differences according to pregnancy status. 


Anthem Tells Judge Cigna Deal Helps Health Insurance Markets – Bloomberg

Anthem Inc. said its proposed $48 billion merger with rival health insurer Cigna Corp. will lower consumer costs and extend coverage to more people, in response to a U.S. lawsuit seeking to block the deal. 


Bill Clinton says Hillary Clinton helped ‘get done’ the Children’s Health Insurance Program | PolitiFact Florida

Former President Bill Clinton said that after health care reform failed in the 1990s because they couldn’t break a Senate filibuster, Hillary Clinton sought to tackle health care reform piece by piece, including expanding health insurance for children. 


National Basketball Players Association to fund health insurance for ex-players

Retired NBA players with at least three years of service time in the league will receive health insurance funded by the National Basketball Players Association. 


Why Higher Health Insurance Rates? No Easy Answers | MTPR

If you want to know why health insurance companies in Montana are asking for big price increases on some of the policies they sell here next year, there are some easy answers – but they only tell part of the story. 


Health insurance execs plead case for rate hikes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Health insurance companies made the case for double-digit rate increases next year for individual policies in Pennsylvania at a regulatory hearing Wednesday. 


Pacific Prime releases 2016 Cost of Health Insurance Report

Pacific Prime has released the 2016 version of their annual free report that looks at the cost of individual international health insurance plans in 95 countries. 


Somerset discusses health insurance changes – Perry County Tribune: News

Council heard a brief update on the second phase of the streetscape project. Council President David Snider, who presided over the meeting, informed council ME/IBI Group will be submitting plans for phase two with minor details changed first. 


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