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11/28/2018

Nearly 2 Million Customers Shop Obamacare Exchange So Far

Over 1.9 million people have selected a 2019 individual health plan from the federal healthcare exchange so far this year. That figure represents a significant number of people who have purchased an individual or family health insurance plan, but it’s a noticeably lower total than the signup tally from the same time last year.   Signups for Weeks Two and ... Read Full Article ›

01/26/2018

Uninsured Rate Up at the End of 2017

The uninsured rate in America is on the rise again according to the 2017 Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, which was conducted from October 31 to December 31. In the last quarter of 2017, the number of Americans without health insurance hit 12.2 percent, which is slightly lower than in the third quarter (12.3 percent) but a significant jump compared to the ... Read Full Article ›

01/22/2018

Are Work Requirements for Medicaid Legal? Some Say No

Medicaid recipients in Kentucky may soon face work requirements as a condition of enrollment – unless Democratic senators have their way. In a letter dated January 18, 29 Democratic senators expressed concerns over the legality of a recent State Medicaid Director Letter issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 11. That letter encouraged states to ... Read Full Article ›

01/19/2018

New HHS Division Aims to Protect Religious Rights of Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers who object to performing medical services based on religious or moral beliefs will now find some recourse for refusing service under the Trump administration. On Thursday, January 18, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would be creating a new division under its Office for Civil Rights called the Division of Conscience and Religious ... Read Full Article ›

01/19/2018

Special Enrollment for Recent Natural Disasters – Individual Marketplace & Medicare Affected

On Wednesday, January 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified its position on a special enrollment period created for victims of the 2017 hurricane season in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The CMS announced in September that people in hurricane-impacted areas would be given a special enrollment period (SEP) until December 31, 2017 to sign ... Read Full Article ›

01/19/2018

America’s Top Boss is Now Healthcare

Healthcare now employs more Americans than any other business sector. Throughout the 20th century, the top employers in the U.S. were consistently in retail and manufacturing sectors. While it’s unclear what this increase in the number of healthcare workers will mean for individual patients, the trend doesn’t seem to be in danger of reversing any time soon. How It Happened ... Read Full Article ›

11/07/2017

Surge in Obamacare Signups Despite Rocky Enrollment Season

Open enrollment for 2018 health insurance kicked off on November 1 this year amid palpable political unrest over cost-sharing reduction payments, extreme advertising cuts and an anti-Obamacare vibe at the federal level. Despite the tension, early numbers are not only good but better than last year at the same time. The Hill reports that on the first day of open ... Read Full Article ›

11/06/2017

Options for health insurance in 2018

Open enrollment 2018 started on November 1 and runs through December 15. For anyone without job-based healthcare coverage or a plan through a government program (like Medicare, Medicaid or TRICARE), this is the one time of year when you can shop for health insurance. There are exceptions, of course, for those who experience qualifying life events and need a special ... Read Full Article ›

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