Healthcare Insurance News

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.

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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…

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Federal officials unveil streamlined healthcare marketplace website before enrollment Nov. 15

Consumers using the federal healthcare.gov website when open enrollment begins next month should expect a faster website with a shorter application form and features making it easier to use on mobile devices, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.

In a briefing with  read more…

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With open enrollment approaching, beware of shifting options in Medicare plans

For millions of older Americans, it is time to sift through the mind-boggling array of Medicare plans.

There is an average of 29 drug plans to digest, and about 18 options for  read more…

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States gear up for second year of Obamacare enrollment, starting Nov. 15

As states gear up for Round 2 of Affordable Care Act enrollment next month, they have their sights set on people like Miles Alva.

Alva, 28, works part time at a video store and is about to graduate from California State University  read more…

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Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 for 2015 prescription drug coverage

It’s almost time to enroll or re-enroll in Medicare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage plans for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Enrollment begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, 2014.

There are some critical changes taking place with Medicare that will  read more…

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Number of uninsured plummets; thousands may lose coverage for failing to show eligibility

Federal researchers reported on Tuesday that the number of Americans without health insurance had declined substantially in the first quarter of this year, the first federal measure of the number of uninsured Americans  read more…

Nonprofits in 34 states get $60 million to help people enroll in health insurance

Two Planned Parenthood chapters, two United Way organizations, a food bank association and a Catholic hospital system are among 90 nonprofit groups that will receive a total of $60 million to help people sign up for health insurance, the Department of Health  read more…

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Medicare finalizes auto-enrollment plan for insurance marketplace consumers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a policy Tuesday that provides current Health Insurance Marketplace consumers a way to keep their current health insurance plan, while encouraging them to return to the marketplace to shop  read more…

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Coverage for doctor-patient end-of-life talks gaining ground

Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be  read more…

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New health law may mean changes in employer coverage; ACA-insured must fill out new tax form

If you get health insurance through your workplace, you’ll probably have a chance this fall to make important decisions about your coverage and costs.

Because many corporate health plans hold their annual open-enrollment periods in October and  read more…

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Researchers develop model to predict hospital readmission for COPD

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified predictors of early rehospitalization among patients hospitalized for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in a study recently published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Hospitals seek to help consumers with Obamacare premiums

Low-income consumers struggling to pay their premiums may soon be able to get help from their local hospital or United Way. 

Some hospitals in New York, Florida and Wisconsin are exploring ways to help individuals and families pay their  read more…

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More than 10 million people have become insured under Obamacare, new study shows

A day after a court decision that could threaten a crucial component of Obamacare, the federal government said Wednesday that 10.3 million adults have become newly insured by the close of open enrollment in the new type of health  read more…

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Consumer guide to conflicting court rulings on healthcare law

On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that’s important to millions of people:  the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law.  Kaiser Health News reporter Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked  read more…

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Kaiser report calls Obamacare outreach effort ‘impressive’ in first enrollment period

More than 4,400 consumer assistance programs created under the Affordable Care Act helped an estimated 10.6 million people explore their new health insurance options and apply for coverage during the initial six-month enrollment period, according  read more…

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Most will be able to automatically renew insurance coverage under health law

The Obama administration announced Thursday that most people will be able to renew subsidized health insurance coverage without filing an application and without going back to HealthCare.gov, the website that frustrated millions of consumers last  read more…

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Subsidies cover over 75% of premium payments purchased under Obamacare

Americans who enrolled in private health plans through the federal exchange in 2014 qualified for tax credits that covered an average of about three-quarters of their monthly premium payment, according to data released Tuesday by the Department of Health and  read more…

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Coalition asks CMS to allow nonprofit patient assistance under Obamacare

The American Plasma Users Coalition (APLUS), a coalition of national patient advocacy organizations that include the Alpha-1 Foundation, this month wrote a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, expressing  read more…