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Category Archives: Health Care Reform

Obamacare Efforts Ramp Up to Serve Customers

The health exchange has become quite the star studded affair, with famous names from Lady Gaga to Britney Spears urging consumers to ‘Get Covered’ through social media platforms Twitter and Instagram. Even as the list of spokesmen grows, many consumers still show uncertainty towards the health insurance marketplaces. Some states like California have been aggressively [...]

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What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for Obamacare?

Unable to come to a funding agreement last night, the U.S. government shut down shortly after midnight. This is the first federal government shutdown to happen in 17 years. The shutdown comes from a stalemate between Democrats and Republicans voting on a spending plan that includes provisions on the President’s signature Affordable Care Act. This [...]

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Officials Warn Consumers to Beware Medicare Mix-up This Fall

As if educating millions of individuals on impending health insurance changes due this fall was not challenging enough, federal officials also worry about the effects these changes will have on the Medicare eligible population. This population is often more vulnerable to scams or being taken advantage of and could be left confused about the recent [...]

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Unemployed? Think Twice Before Locking into COBRA

With health insurance marketplaces opening less than a month from now, individuals and families can look forward to new coverage options, all in one place. This is particularly good news for those who may have been recently unemployed or laid off and lacking health insurance. The current route taken by many individuals upon unemployment is [...]

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Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Changes

If you are currently enrolled in a Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), there are certain changes that could affect your coverage. Originally established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the PCIP program was created to make health coverage available to people with pre-existing conditions until key components of the health law begin taking [...]

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What Medicare Eligible Consumers Need to Know about Insurance in October

Officials throughout the United States are reminding seniors that they need to remember October 15 for Medicare Open Enrollment and not October 1st. This October is a big month for insurance in the United States. October 1 is the start of registration for individual health insurance through online insurance marketplaces. The registration runs until March [...]

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The Year in Health Care Staffing Trends

Another shift has been taking place in the health care industry and we’re not just talking about the health law. Physicians are now in higher demand as the nation works to increase health care access around the nation, especially to those under-served. A 2013 survey of 3,097 permanent doctor and advanced practitioner job assignments by [...]

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What Health Care Reform Means for Immigrants

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the current immigrant population of the United States is over 2.5 times more likely than natural citizens to be uninsured. Of the millions impacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) overhaul, how will provisions like the state-based health exchanges, individual mandate and Medicaid expansion affect the [...]

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HHS Extends Key Health Benefits to Same-Sex Marriages

Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its first rule concerning health insurance since striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. The new ruling clarifies that all Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, regardless of sexual orientation, will have equal access to coverage in a nursing home where their spouse lives. Prior [...]

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What To Do If Your Employer Drops Spousal Coverage?

Although not required by law, many employer-sponsored health plans might offer spousal or dependent coverage as an added benefit to workers. However, due to the anticipated rising health insurance costs, several companies have announced they are dropping spousal coverage for employees. A survey by global professional services company Towers Watson reports that, “while surcharges for [...]

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