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Michigan, Florida, Nevada & Maryland Most Expensive States for Retirement Health Care; Hawaii PR Newswire (press release)
DANVERS, Mass., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — A new app developed by HealthView Services shows Michigan, Florida, Nevada and Maryland as …

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Michigan, Florida, Nevada & Maryland Most Expensive States for Retirement Health Care; Hawaii Consumer Electronics Net
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California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again Health News Florida
At sign-up events like this one in Los Angeles in 2013, Covered California pledged “affordability” in health insurance as one of its main selling points.

Health News Florida

Report: Health Care Spending To Accelerate Health News Florida
Spending on health care will outpace the nation’s overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, underscoring a …

Feds extend ban on new home health agencies in South FloridaMiami Herald
Health care spending to accelerate, US report says12NewsNow.Com
Health Care Spending Accelerates, Report SaysPress Examiner
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Health News Florida

FL Medicaid Plans Seek Raise From State Amid Losses | Health News Florida Health News Florida
Insurers participating in Florida’s new Medicaid managed care program say they’ve lost $542 million through 2014 and want the state to raise their …

Tech Times

More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare Health News Florida
Just over two-thirds of Californians who did not have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act went into full effect in 2014 are now covered, …

WTVY, Dothan

Washington County, Florida Health Index Scores Next To Last In The State WTVY, Dothan
It would, however, appear that in the absence of need for additional insurance or health providers, the missing link might simply be education- …

Tallahassee.com

Florida’s youngest residents need a voice in Tallahassee Tallahassee.com
Next, with so much attention focused on health care coverage, we must acknowledge the reality that hundreds of thousands of Florida’s children have …

WUSF News

FL Medicaid Plans Seek Raise From State Amid Losses | WUSF News WUSF News
Insurers participating in Florida’s new Medicaid managed care program say … Scott’s top health officials last week asked insurers to prove their rates …

Politico

Struggling South Florida HMO sells Medicaid business to competitor Politico
Molina Healthcare of Florida is expanding its Medicaid line in Florida. … To better coordinate health care and to make Medicaid financing more …

Facing Losses, Florida Medicaid HMO’s Ask For Rate HikesWFSU
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Forbes

Why Blue Cross Hates Anthem’s Cigna Deal Forbes
… Anthem is forced to sell health insurance under a different brand like Amerigroup, which will fight for business against other Blues plans. … Florida and Illinois where there are major corporate accounts and company headquarters.

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Anthem Deal For Cigna Would Hasten Health Insurance Consolidation Health News Florida
The Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem reached an agreement … It’s the second huge health insurance deal to be announced in a matter of …

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Affordable Care Act Becoming Less Affordable as Florida Insurers Prepare Big Rate Hikes FlaglerLive.com
“Interestingly in Florida its about the most competitive health insurance market of any state in the country,” said Florida Blue Senior Vice President …
Health News Florida

Kids Count: Health Measures Improve In FL Health News Florida
Florida is faring poorly on economic factors that influence child poverty, but key … A look of the type of health insurance Florida children are enrolled in …

Kids Count: Health Measures Improve In FL | WUSF NewsWUSF News
Reports show hope, concerns for health of Florida kids | Gainesville.comGainesville Sun
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Seeking answers to Florida’s healthcare financing crisis | Miami Herald Miami Herald
Until directly addressed, our state’s health care financing crisis will persist and will continue to place an undue burden on Florida’s businesses. It’s not …
Miami Herald

Bradenton’s Carlos Beruff calls for more transparency in health care costs Bradenton Herald
The cost of hospital services — particularly rates paid by the HMOs managing Florida’s Medicaid patients — is a concern for state health care officials, …

Florida Medicaid plans seek raise from state amid lossesNewsOK.com
Florida Medicaid plans seek raise from state amid losses | WINK NEWSWink News
Medicaid is growing in Florida | July 23, 2015 | Lloyd Dunkelberger | HT PoliticsSarasota Herald-Tribune
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Sun Sentinel

Scott health care panel: missed opportunity Sun Sentinel
Rick Scott’s health care commission wanted a setup line, they got what … His case shows why Florida won’t get from Scott’s commission what the state …

Tampabay.com

Health plans serving Florida’s poor seek higher rates Tampabay.com
In a scathing letter to the health plans sent Friday, state Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said some of the plans had …

Health News Florida

ACA In 2016: The Rate Hikes Are Coming, The Rate Hikes Are Coming – Health News Florida Health News Florida
The U.S. Supreme Court may have upheld the Affordable Care Act for the second time, but the ruling hasn’t made President Barack Obama’s signature …

Wall Street Journal

The Regulatory Hurdles to Health Insurance Mergers – The New York Times New York Times
President Obama’s health care overhaul creates online exchanges for … together control major slices of the commercial insurance market in Florida

How would a $48B Anthem-Cigna merger affect rates? – Indianapolis StarIndianapolis Star
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Florida Department of Health offers free vaccines for children WESH Orlando
“One of the statistics I’ve heard on our state is that 11 percent of children don’t have health insurance, so yes, it’s continuing to be an issue for all our …
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What the Affordable Care Act Means for People Living with HIV Greater Than AIDS
Health Coverage, HIV & YOU helps people living with HIV understand their options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The online tool includes …

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Forbes

Florida among 45 states given failing grade for health cost transparency Bradenton Herald
Consumers with health insurance shouldered more of the expense for their medical care in 2014, but Florida and nearly every other state did little to …

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Locally, health insurance enrollment doubles Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Southwest Florida consumers embraced the federal health insurance exchange in 2015, with more than 55,000 people enrolling in Obamacare …

Jacksonville Business Journal

Acquisitions and partnerships propel Jacksonville company further into $294 billion senior health Jacksonville Business Journal
“As the health insurance market leader in the state, we are committed to helping Florida’s seniors achieve and maintain better health,” René Lerer, …

Digital Journal

Aetna To Buy Insurance Rival Humana For $37 Billion Health News Florida
Aetna, one of the biggest health insurance companies in the U.S., has announced a $37 billion deal to buy its rival Humana. This is a merger that …

Orlando Business Journal (blog)

Why comparing health plans to gym memberships is good for your biz Orlando Business Journal (blog)
Florida lawmakers are exploring a health care model that is similar to a gym membership: You pay a monthly fee, and you can visit the doctor a set …

Health News Florida

SHINE Trying To Connect Seniors With Medicare Savings Health News Florida
There are more than 3 million people who have health insurance through Medicare in Florida and dozens of thousands of those beneficiaries could …

GuideWell and Alignment Healthcare Create Strategic Medicare Advantage Partnership MarketWatch
The new relationship is intended to improve clinical outcomes for Medicare Advantage members in Florida and positively impact overall health care

Bradenton Herald

Galvano’s wife among lawmakers and spouses who draw salaries from Florida hospitals Bradenton Herald
Last year, top state senators behind a plan for federal funds to subsidize low-income Floridians’ health insurance together collected more than half a …

Orlando Sentinel

Floridians’ purses pinched as lawmakers tout tax cuts Orlando Sentinel
It will cost slightly more to drive Florida’s Turnpike. The state’s top insurance companies are seeking rate hikes for health and property coverage.

Orlando Sentinel

Free clinics didn’t deserve Scott veto: Editorial Orlando Sentinel
The veto also punished 87 nonprofit clinics in Florida providing medical, dental and behavioral health care to the uninsured for little or no charge.

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Variety

The Questions Still Facing Marriage Equality and Health Insurance Variety
Just 10 years ago, the only way a lesbian or gay worker could hope to obtain health insurance for a partner through an employer was through …

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WITN

Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016 WITN
Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the …

Thanks, Obama. Health insurance rates jumping up… againHot Air
Fact Check: Gosar wrong on health insurance costsazcentral.com
The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single PayerHuffington Post
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Portland Business Journal

Colorado officials select state’s required health insurance benefits The Denver Post
The plan selection doesn’t determine how costs for health services are shared between individuals and the insurance company, DOI officials said.

Health Insurance Prices To Be Much Higher in 2016OPB News
Oregon Backs Hefty Rise in Health-Insurance PremiumsWall Street Journal
Oregon health insurance premiums to rise in 2016KTVZ
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Multiple factors at work as many brace for higher health insurance premiums in 2016 Tampabay.com
There’s no denying that health care costs are rising, particularly when it comes to prescription medication. And as costs rise, premiums rise.

MassLive.com

Hartford-based health insurance company Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion MassLive.com
In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a sign for Aetna Inc., sits atop a building at the company headquarters in in Hartford, Conn. Health insurer …

Q&A on the health insurance landscapePress Herald
Health insurance acquisition spree leaves heaps of uncertainty for consumersFox Business
Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival HumanaGPB
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Philly.com

Union: Hundreds lack health insurance at Taj Mahal casino NorthJersey.com
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of workers at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino still have no health insurance six months after their …

Union: Hundreds lack health insurance at TajCherry Hill Courier Post
Union: Hundreds lack health insurance at Taj Mahal casinoPhilly.com
Taj union says many still lack health coveragePhilly.com
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Woes linger for state health insurance exchange enrollees Las Vegas Review-Journal
The woes haven’t ended for enrollees who had first-year sign-up troubles through the state’s health insurance exchange. Officials with Nevada Health …

The Colorado Independent

Colorado health insurance premium requests are too high, group says The Denver Post
A Colorado consumer advocacy group says insurance companies proposing 20 percent to 30 percent price hikes on 2016 health benefit plans can’t …

CNBC

The $37B merger that can affect your health CNBC
Friday’s $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Humana and Aetna is just the latest move in a surge of deal-making likely to reduce the number …

Wendell Potter: Coming health insurance mergers will cost consumersNew Haven Register
Megamergers could reshape health insurance marketplaceHouston Business Journal
Health insurance industry begins consolidating after latest Supreme Court ruling on ObamacareBusiness Review USA
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The Hill

GOP pounces on health insurance merger-… The Hill
A frenzy of healthcare mergers has given Republicans’ a new line of attack against ObamaCare, which they say is boosting profits for insurance giants …

Health Care Premiums About to Spike AgainAmerican Spectator (blog)
SCOTUS ruling only one factor in health insuranceColumbus Telegram
Ouch! Massive Obamacare Premium Increases Will Dominate 2016Breitbart News
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WEB
Building the Nation’s Health Care Workforce ASPE – HHS.gov
The Affordable Care Act is working to expand health insurance coverage to millions of … provisions that address the evolving nature of the health care …

Truth Serum: Cost of health insurance premiums Fox News
Truth Serum: Cost of health insurance premiums. Jul. 01, 2015 – 4:57 – Eric Shawn and Shannon Bream break down ObamaCare fees and frequency …

Considerations in Private Exchange Marketplaces Benefitfocus
The importance of consumer-oriented, cost-conscious employee health plans … As employers, insurance carriers and consultants proactively seek to …

Clarifying Health Insurance Options Institute for Public Health – Washington University in St. Louis
Now that she can get health insurance for her and her kids, Whitney thinks she might choose a health insurance plan with low copayment for primary …

How to Challenge Proposed Health Insurance Premium Rates for 2016 Families USA
As of June 19, most insurers’ proposed premium rates for 2016 were posted on federal and state regulators’ websites (except for California’s rates, …

Talking to Your Family about the ACA this Fourth of July HHS.gov
Not surprisingly, many Americans still don’t know how changes the law made to insurance and the health care system can help improve their lives.

India’s Aspirations for Universal Health Coverage New England Journal of Medicine
How does one rate a health system that attracts medical tourism for its high-quality, low-cost advanced care, even as it lags behind many developing …

Tester’s PACE Act improves Obamacare’s small business health care coverage Senator Jon Tester
Senator Jon Tester is backing a bipartisan bill to give states greater power to oversee Obamacare’s small group health insurance markets.

Barack Obama on Twitter: “”Everybody who has health insurance benefited and continues to twitter.com
@BarackObama ok… But what about the people that don’t have health insurance because they can’t afford it?? 1 retweet 1 favorite. Reply. Retweet 1

Health Insurance FAQs – Questions about Medical Insurance eHealthInsurance.com
Get answers to frequently asked questions regarding health insurance and make informed decisions about health care.

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This week’s health care reform news:

U.S. Supreme Court backs federal exchange subsidies
The U.S. Supreme Court announced its long-anticipated decision in the King vs. Burwell case, ruling that consumer subsidies for health care coverage can continue through federally facilitated exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
Other highlights include:

  • New Hampshire has approved a short-term plan to continue its Medicaid care management program.
  • New Jersey’s governor uses line-item veto to cut $1.5 billion in increased spending from the legislature’s 2016 budget.
  • North Carolina legislators debate a Medicaid reform bill that would overhaul the fee-for-service Medicaid program.

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Federal Health Care Subsidies

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Obamacare: Supreme Court Upholds Federal Health Care Subsidies in 6-3 Decision ABC News
The U.S. Supreme Court sided today with the Obama administration over its major healthcare overhaul, upholding federal subsidies across the …

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care SubsidiesNew York Times
Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law SubsidiesABC News
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Obama Health Care LawNBCNews.com
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The Supreme Court ruling: What’s next for health care? Fortune
The scope of the mergers could be huge and result in unprecedented health insurance giants. On June 16, Fortune’s Shawn Tully wrote that “In the …

Consolidation in Health Insurance sector also raises the specter of LayoffsVocal Republic
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USA TODAY

Where federal health insurance fails autistic children USA TODAY
When Matt Crockett’s 2-year-old son, Mark, was diagnosed with autism, the Air Force Reserve technician assumed his government insurance would …

Forbes

Health Insurance Premiums Are Rising Faster Than Income Forbes
In every budget, we can control what we pay for some items while others are out of our control. Health insurance premiums are one of those items over …

U.S. News & World Report

Coverage worries persist amid relief over health care ruling U.S. News & World Report
Affordable Care Act participant Kim Jones poses for a photo in her home in Wake Forest, N.C., Thursday, June 25, 2015. Jones said the Affordable …

US top court backs Obamacare, president says it’s here to stayReuters
Republicans vow to fight health care lawNews 12 Westchester
Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidiesIndianapolis Business Journal
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Maine, NH will continue to get health insurance subsidies Boston Globe
More than 90,000 health care consumers in Maine and New Hampshire, the only New England states that do not run their own health insurance

The Economist

Better together? The Economist
REFORM of American health care was always expected to have an enormous impact on the sector. Sure enough, one of the more immediate effects …

ObamaCare Unleashes Anti-Consumer Merger Mania In Health CareInvestor’s Business Daily
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Federal Times

Where federal health insurance fails autistic children Federal Times
In fact, only 23 states offer federal health insurance plans that cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, which leaves federal employees …

WCSH-TV

Nearly 61K Mainers to keep health insurance subsides – WCSH6.com WCSH-TV
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Nearly 61,000 Maine residents will continue to receive tax subsidies that reduce the cost of their health insurance coverage …

Nearly 61K Mainers to keep health insurance subsidesWashington Times
Ruling preserves health insurance subsidies for 61K MainersPress Herald
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Mother Jones

Health Insurance For All Is About a Lot More Than Just Health Mother Jones
Megan McArdle writes today that there’s little consistent evidence showing that giving people health insurance actually does much to save lives.

5 Tips for Navigating Medical Care Without Health InsuranceU.S. News & World Report
Meet the Health-Law Holdouts: Americans Who Prefer to Go UninsuredWall Street Journal
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AHIP Statement on Supreme Court Ruling America’s Health Insurance Plans
Washington, D.C. – Following today’s decision from the Supreme Court, AHIP Interim CEO Dan Durham issued the following statement: “With the …

Supreme Court makes it official: Health care is a right The Boston Globe
The principle that health care is a right, not a privilege, as President Obama exulted. And that it might not have happened without a Republican named …

Supreme Court upholds affordable health insurance Methodist Healthcare Ministries
832,000 Texans will continue to have access to affordable health insurance. In a ruling today, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in King v.
Autism Health Insurance Bill Updates TEACCH
There is unprecedented support from providers and organizations across the state to bring autism insurance coverage to North Carolina. Senate Bill …

Udall Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Preserve Health Insurance for Millions of Americans Senator Tom Udall
… U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell that residents of any state can receive health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

Supreme Court Preserves Health Insurance Marketplaces Center for Rural Affairs
The case focused on creation of a federal health insurance exchange that provides access to a health insurance marketplace, and tax subsidies, …

Eligibility & Enrollment CalPERS
To be eligible for the CalPERS Health Program, you must: … The Affordable Care Act has new provisions which expand the eligibility criteria for certain …

APA Lauds Supreme Court’s Upholding of Federal Health Insurance Exchanges American Psychological Association
“Making insurance affordable makes health care more accessible,” said APA President Barry S. Anton, PhD. “Health plans in the exchanges have …
5 things: Public opinion backs gov’t in health care case KTVU.com
Most Americans want the Supreme Court to side with the government when it decides whether the feds can continue subsidizing insurance premiums …

Supreme Court Hands Obama A Victory On Health Care Law The Kojo Nnamdi Show
In a victory for President Obama and his signature health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that people who buy health insurance on a …

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Affordable Health Insurance

New York Times

Saving Affordable Health Insurance New York Times
The Affordable Care Act, which has helped millions of people get health care, is now fully woven into the nation’s social fabric. As President Obama …

Obama Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Health Insurance SubsidiesWall Street Journal
Obama Makes Moral Plea For Health Care Law As Supreme Court Ruling LoomsHuffington Post
Obama to State His Case for Health Law Before Justices Weigh InNew York Times
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How Do Justices Weigh Loss of Health Insurance for Millions? ABC News
The Supreme Court could wipe away health insurance for millions of Americans when it resolves the latest fight over President Barack Obama’s health …

Do the consequences of their health care ruling matter to Supreme Court justices? Should they?Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Hidden Risks of Short-Term Health PlansTIME
How do justices weigh loss of health insurance for millions?Northwest Herald
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Tampabay.com

Florida legislators benefit from deeply subsidized health insurance Tampabay.com
Some are veterans, who get health insurance from the federal government, and … The state health plan coverage includes physician care, inpatient …

Florida House rejects Senate health insurance expansion planMiami Herald
Florida Senate passes health insurance plan but opposition persistsTampabay.com
Health Care Expansion Is Rejected in FloridaNew York Times
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Huffington Post

Hawaii Pulls The Plug On Embattled Health Insurance Exchange Huffington Post
Hawaii’s health insurance exchange announced on Friday that it will be shutting down, and its nearly 40,000 enrollees will be transitioned to the …

Hawaii to shutter state health insurance exchangeThe Hill
PPACA mandated state insurance exchanges strugglingBenefitsPro
Hawaii abandons troubled state ObamaCare exchangeFox News
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Sharp Hikes In Proposed 2016 Health Insurance Prices Mean Consumers Need To Be Shoppers Forbes
Health insurance pricing is in flux and that will not stop soon. Payers are still figuring out the economics of providing health insurance on the public …

KIMA CBS 29

Washington health insurance prices going down for some Washington Times
SEATTLE (AP) – While some states are expecting double-digit increases in individual health care insurance premiums next year, some Washington …

More small employers using state’s health-insurance exchangeThe Seattle Times
Washington health insurance prices going down for someTheNewsTribune.com
Washington health insurance exchange for businesses expands accessTheNewsTribune.com
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New York Times

Washington health insurance prices going down for some News & Observer
While some states are expecting double-digit increases in individual health care insurance premiums next year, some Washington insurers on the …

In Vermont, Frustrations Mount Over Affordable Care ActNew York Times
Big jump looming in health insurance ratesOnline Athens
Gap health insurance market explodes despite health reformBusiness Insurance
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Business of Health: The looming health insurance revolution NewsOK.com
I have seen the future of health insurance. It happened this spring, in a conference room at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. There …

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore officials back off plan to charge smokers more for health insurance Baltimore Sun
Baltimore officials say they are backing off a plan to charge city employees who smoke more for their health insurance after union officials objected.

GPB

Health insurance companies asking for higher rates in Idaho Washington Times
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Health insurance companies are requesting rate increases on average as high as 25 percent more for plans in Idaho for 2016, …

Health insurance companies asking for higher rates in IdahoCasper Star-Tribune Online
Big jump looming in health insurance ratesSavannah Morning News
Health insurance companies asking for higher rates in IdahoKTVB
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BLOGS
Obamacare Health Insurance COOPs Are Unraveling National Center for Policy Analysis
To placate these progressives, the ACA created a type of nonprofit health insurance cooperative that would borrow funds from the government for …

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Medical Insurance AAA Insurance Agency offers many health related products for individuals and families, including: Long-Term Care Insurance

Supplemental Health Insurance Allstate
Get coverage in addition to your current health insurance for accident, disability, cancer, critical illness or long-term care. Contact an Allstate agent to …

TennCare Kids TN.gov
TennCare Kids is a full program of checkups and health care services for children who have TennCare. These services make sure that babies, …

Health Insurance Options Outside Open Enrollment K-State Research and Extension – Kansas State University
When the marketplace is closed, people might want to know the health insurance options available now. MANHATTAN, Kan. – According to the …

Innovation vs. Intervention in Health Care Reason.com
How can we produce better health for more people at a lower cost, year after year? By lifting all the rules and barriers that prevent health care

Arkansas: Health Insurance at Risk Families USA
Burwell case, will soon decide whether millions of people in 34 states will lose premium tax credits they rely on to make health insurance affordable.

Who Said It? A Century of Attempts To Reform Our Health Care System The White House
For nearly 100 years, American presidents from both political parties tried to reform our health care system. On March 23, 2010, President Obama …

No more copays! And other ways a Portland health insurance broker helps nonprofits save money The Business Journals
A Portland and San Francisco-based non-traditional health insurance broker is helping nonprofits beef up their benefits packages by offering group …

Evergreen Zenefits
Compare group health insurance plans from Evergreen. Evergreen Health is Maryland’s newest health insurance company. Founded in 2012 by local …

How do justices weigh loss of health insurance for millions? twcc.com
FILE – In this March 4, 2015 file photo, demonstrators chant during health care rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court …

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This week’s health care reform news:

10.2 million enrolled in public exchanges in 2015
A new report shows final enrollment in 2015 marketplace plans across the country stands at 10.2 million; 6.4 million Americans receive subsidies in the federally facilitated marketplaces and could lose those subsidies depending on the outcome of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case.
Other highlights include:

  • 44 percent of covered California policyholders find it difficult to pay their monthly exchange plan premiums.
  • Connecticut legislators approve a controversial state budget that includes $1.5 billion in tax increases.
  • Delaware filed a blueprint with CMS declaring its intent to explore the creation of a state-based marketplace.
  • Washington state announces that 2016 exchange health plans are averaging a 5.4 percent rate increase.

To view the full articles, visit Health Reform Weekly.

For more on health care reform, visit our Health Reform Connection website.

Health insurance firms propose to increase rates

Kansas City Star

Health insurance firms propose to increase rates in Kansas and Missouri Kansas City Star
People who pay premiums for individual health insurance policies — either directly from a company or through HealthCare.gov — could pay a lot …

Health insurance rates could rise substantially in AlabamaAL.com
Seeking Rate Increases, Insurers Use GuessworkNew York Times
Health insurers seek big premium hikes for ObamaCare plans in 2016Fox News
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Spokane Public Radio

Bill That Would Allow Municipal Employees To Join State Health Insurance Pool Gains Final Hartford Courant
HARTFORD — Cities and towns could decide to enroll their employees in the state health insurance program under legislation that won final approval …

Breitbart News

Illegal immigrants: State Senate approves health care for many Contra Costa Times
SACRAMENTO — A first-in-the-nation bill aimed at expanding health care for illegal immigrants sailed through the Senate on Tuesday even as some …

IMMIGRATION: Health care bill advancesPress-Enterprise
California Considers Health Coverage For Undocumented ChildrenCBS Local
California could extend health coverage to immigrant childrenKRON4.com
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WIAT 42

Alabama teachers who smoke to pay more for health insurance WIAT 42
“The bottom line is that health insurance costs are skyrocketing everywhere,” he said. “It’s not just in Alabama. Other states are faced with this same …

Alabama teachers to pay more for health insuranceTimes Daily
Ala. teachers to pay more for health insuranceTimes Daily
Ala. teachers to pay more for health insuranceWAAY
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Marcellus.com

Wolf seeks state authority over health insurance marketplace Washington Times
Tom Wolf’s administration said Tuesday it has formally applied to take over the operation of Pennsylvania’s health insurance marketplace as the …

Pennsylvania applies for state health insurance exchangeTribune-Review
Pennsylvania Applies For State-Run Health Insurance ExchangeCBS Local
Wolf seeks authority over health insuranceIndiana Gazette
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Syracuse.com

Study: Syracuse ranks among best in the nation for affordable health care Syracuse.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Syracuse area has some of the most affordable health care in the United States, ranking No. 19 in the nation for what it …

Buffalo region ranks second-lowest in nation for commercial health care costsBuffalo News
F. Douglas Stephenson: Universal Medicare would cut the costs of health careGainesville Sun
F. Douglas Stephenson: Universal Medicare would cut the costs of health careGainesville Sun
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Ventura County Star

UPDATE 3-California Senate votes to ease health insurance access for undocumented immigrants Reuters
The bill would not provide a subsidy for undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance, unlike U.S. citizens and legal residents who can qualify for …

Immigrant Health Care Bill Passes SenateCapital Public Radio News
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Billerica selectmen vote to eliminate health insurance for board members Lowell Sun
BILLERICA — Two selectmen will have to shop for new health insurance if they’re re-elected next year. After many years of debate, Billerica selectmen …

Business Insider

Despite Obamacare, gap health insurance market explodes Business Insider
This type of health insurance is exactly the kind that the ACA, known commonly as Obamacare, was supposed to upgrade. Short-term plans provide …

How Much Does Short-Term Health Insurance Cost? eHealth Reports That Applications for…CNNMoney
Health Care Stocks Could Get Banged Up by Obamacare RulingTheStreet.com
93% of Americans Receiving Health Insurance Subsidies Are Unaware of King vs. Burwell, the MarketWatch
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Capital New York

Here’s How to Fight An Erroneous Health Insurance Bill KQED
“At least 50 percent of the time, you will prevail,” says Wendell Potter, a former health insurance company executive and author of “Deadly Spin,” an …

Cheat Sheet: What’s In The Big Health Care BillHartford Courant
Cheat sheet: What’s in the big health care billThe CT Mirror
Lawmakers and health care leaders divided over fix to surprise medical billsNorthJersey.com
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The Supreme Court health insurance case and you The Health Section – Aetna
A brief summary of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case and answers to some commonly asked questions about how a decision could affect Aetna …

Health care costs pressure insurance rates The Health Section – Aetna
Health care costs continue to put pressure on employers and consumers. In June CMS will be posting material that supports premium rate increases …

Colorado health-insurance industry group loses its top official The Business Journals
Ben Price, who has served seven years as executive director of the Colorado Association of Health Plans, is leaving to become CEO of the National …

The Health Care Industry Needs to Start Taking Women Seriously Harvard Business Review
What is the greatest impediment preventing Americans from getting good health care? Surprisingly, it’s not the cost of care. Instead, according to new …

Health Insurance for the Undocumented Public Policy Institute of California
California continues to have at least 3 million uninsured residents, even after the coverage gains from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Estimates …

National Health Insurance Development in China from 2004 to 2011 Public Library of Science
The simultaneous improvement of the security capability of China Health Insurance System and its development in the last decade remains uncertain.

Universal Medicare would cut the costs of health care Physicians for a National Health Program
With the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance industry successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress to enact a requirement that most non-elderly …

Debunking Medicaid Critics: Facts on Health Care Quality and Access Families USA
What was once a promise is now a reality: Since the Affordable Care Act became law, 16 million Americans have gained health insurance. Now …

California could extend health coverage to immigrant kids KTVU.com
The California Senate has approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to extend health coverage to children who are in the …

Five ways hospitals are helping patients find health coverage Managed Healthcare Executive – Modern medicine
To survive, hospital executives must find new and creative ways to help uninsured and low-income patients secure health insurance.

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Stay up to date with Health Reform Weekly.

We want you to have access to the latest health care reform news from Washington, D.C., and states across the country. This weekly e‑mail links you to updates on health reform legislation that could significantly impact you.

This week’s health care reform news:

Insurance costs rise for typical American family
The 2015 Milliman Medical Index study shows that the annual cost of benefits through an employer-sponsored preferred organization (PPO) plan rose 6.3 percent to $24,671 in 2015.
Other highlights include:

  • A Senate bill in Connecticut would give the Health Care Cabinet new powers, such as setting annual health care cost growth benchmark.
  • A bill designed to protect health insurance subsidies advances to Maine’s full legislature.
  • A bill approved in Missouri would require coverage of medically necessary services for treatment of eating disorders.
  • Wisconsin’s Assembly and Senate introduced legislation to establish a state-based exchange.

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For more on health care reform, visit our Health Reform Connection website.