Healthcare Insurance News

Early Obamacare tax filers won’t have to file amended return or pay more

People who have already filed their taxes using one of the erroneous health insurance forms sent by the federal government will not be required to file an amended return or owe additional taxes, the Treasury Department said Tuesday.

About 800,000 consumers  read more…

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Obamacare to hold second enrollment period, March 15-April 30, to help people avoid tax penalty

The Obama administration will hold a second enrollment period for the federal insurance exchanges this year to give people a chance to avoid a new tax penalty for going without insurance.

The enrollment period will run from March 15 to April  read more…

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As tax time looms, a refresher on what you need to know about Obamacare and filing

If you are receiving health insurance through an exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, you need to be aware of how the health law’s tax related provisions will affect your tax returns.

IRS Publication 5187 on the Health Law: What’s  read more…

Medicare payment for pulmonary rehab gets a boost in 2015

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the payment rate for hospital outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs for Medicare beneficiaries who meet the guidelines for moderate, severe, and very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be $52.35. This is a substantial increase over  read more…

National Health Council launches upgraded site to help with health insurance choices

The National Health Council has launched its newly upgraded website, PuttingPatientsFirst.net. The website gives people the tools to gain a better understanding of their options in the health insurance marketplace and find coverage that meets their individual health care and budget needs.

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Parts of spending deal could have long-term impact on healthcare

Buried in the spending deal that congressional negotiators announced on Tuesday are several nuggets that should be of interest to hospitals, home health providers and pharmaceutical companies. They won’t have any immediate impact but could lay the groundwork for significant  read more…

Feds urge marketplace consumers to look for better deals In 2015

More than 70 percent of people who currently have insurance through the health law’s federal online marketplace could pay less for comparable coverage if they are willing to switch plans, officials said Thursday.

With a Dec. 15 deadline looming for coverage  read more…

CMS: Special Medicare enrollment period for Western New Yorkers affected by storms

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced on Dec. 1 that people in Western New York affected by the recent winter storms will have a special enrollment period if they are unable to complete their Medicare enrollment for  read more…

Healthcare spending growth lowest on record; number of uninsured down by 10 million

U.S. healthcare spending grew by the slowest rate in more than a half-century last year, government analysts said Wednesday. But a speed-up is coming as the economy gets traction and the new health care law covers more people.

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Proposal would shift insurance enrollees to lower-cost plans

People who bought Affordable Care Act health plans for 2014 but who don’t go back to shop again for 2015 will automatically keep the plan they first chose, even if its price goes way up.

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Big changes for 2015 workplace plans: Watch out for 6 possible pitfalls

You don’t get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you’re not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing too.

Rising costs, a looming tax  read more…

Q&A: What’s covered, what’s not under Affordable Care Act

As the federal government and states launch a second round of enrollment under the healthcare law, consumers should be aware of what’s covered and what’s not when buying health coverage through insurance marketplaces. Plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing  read more…

A Q&A on federal health insurance enrollment, opening Nov. 15

Health insurers are preparing for the reopening of the health law’s marketplaces on Nov. 15. In most states, consumers access the exchange by going to the federal site at HealthCare.gov, although some states run their own exchanges with distinct websites. Here  read more…

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Medicare plans to cover some lung-cancer screening

Annual low-dose CT lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals will be covered by Medicare, albeit with restrictions, according to a preliminary decision from the agency.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said Monday that low-dose CT would be reimbursed  read more…

Healthcare.gov is open early so you can review plans

The Obama administration said Sunday that consumers could shop for health insurance and compare their options on HealthCare.gov starting Monday, even before the open enrollment period formally begins five days later.

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Thinking about Nov. 15 insurance enrollment? Keep these 5 tips in mind

The health law’s open enrollment season is just around the corner. Are you ready?

Here’s a quick checklist for people who don’t get their health insurance at work and plan to shop for coverage on the health law’s online exchanges, or  read more…

Open enrollment countdown: How to prepare for insurance signup

Mark your calendar: On Nov. 15, millions of Americans will return to HealthCare.gov to find a new health insurance plan or re-enroll in their current plan.

Here are 3 things you can do right now to get ready:

Download this Marketplace checklist  read more…

Medicare open enrollment continues till Dec. 7: what you need to know and where to get help

We are currently in the midst of the open enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage plans. Enrollment began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, 2014, for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

There are some critical changes taking place  read more…

Feds kick off effort to help insurance marketplace enrollees stay covered

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in an effort to make it as easy as possible for current health insurance marketplace enrollees to renew their coverage for 2015, is encouraging consumers to come back at the start of  read more…

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2015 Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles to remain the same as last two years

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell announced Thursday that next year’s standard Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same as the last two years. Medicare Part B covers physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain  read more…