Would You Like Some Insurance With Your Insurance? [Kaiser Health News]

Would You Like Some Insurance With Your Insurance? By Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media For the first time in her life, 26-year-old freelance designer Susannah Lohr had to shop for health insurance this year. She called up a major insurer in the St. Louis area where she lives, and it offered her a plan with a hefty $6,000 deductible — that’s the amount she would have to cove...

Health Insurance Q&A: Employer Coverage Loss

Question: Profile: Health Insurance Shopper, requesting individual medical insurance quotes. Status: Currently insured by Employer Group Plan.   My job may be ending and my spouse and I are on my plan.  So we're being proactive to look at what our options are. We are super healthy, very few medical needs, a couple of prescriptions, that's it, so a high deductible would ...

Video: 20 Million Covered by Obamacare According to President

  Open Enrollment for Individuals and Families needing coverage in 2016 ended on 01/31/2016, and the [projected] numbers are in! While many Americans are anxious for his upcoming replacement, our current POTUS Barack Obama announced at a press conference in Milwaukee, WI that 20 million people have gained coverage under his signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care A...

Obamacare Enrollment Period Closes in on Final Weeks

Obama still cares about the health law -- and about hitting the administration's new goal of 6 million enrollees by March. The president announced yesterday that 700,000 people enrolled in February, pushing overall figures to 4 million. With only five weeks remaining in the enrollment period, and really just two weeks to secure a policy, HealthCare.gov is undoubtedly gearing up for a two-we...

Health Law May Inflate Premiums for 11 Million Employees, Report Says

Another wave of rate increases under Obamacare could hit 11 million workers at small businesses this time, but it could lower premiums for 6 million. On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released estimates that reignited the GOP fight against the health law, despite considerable information gaps in the report. According to the report, rates are higher for some because...

Employers Join Forces to Minimize Obamacare’s Impact

  Your local convenience store, your health plan, and your jeans manufacturer have been spending their earnings  in response to health reform. They're lobbying, and they're doing it together. A long list of consumer-friendly companies like 7-Eleven, Publix, Gap, and UPS have formed the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (E-Flex) Coalition to defend their businesses under Obama...

Telemedicine Act Considered by Florida Senate Today

Telemedicine is a smart move in medical technology, both for cost-effectiveness and ease of use. The use of "teledocs" at hospitals is a perfect answer for overpopulated, understaffed regions, and it's exponentially more convenient than leaving the house to manage a condition or go in for a consultation. Growing in popularity with insured consumers in other states, Floridians are ready to j...

Five Reasons to “Heart” ObamaCare, Even if You’re Republican

  Despite talk of "copper" plans, suggesting the health law will change its coverage requirements, and Moody's assertion that ObamaCare is harmful to insurers, we can still find a few reasons to appreciate the ACA. It's hard for anyone to foresee how the law will pan out, yet opening the door to coverage to millions of Americans is a milestone in our health system. Many insurers are...

What You Need to Know About Health Reform This Week

  Florida explores Medicaid reform, the Obama administration extends another deadline, and some same-sex couples still can't catch a break for family coverage. We're nearly a month and a half into the Affordable Care Act's most significant implementation year, and the law is still getting tweaked in preparation for later provisions. The controversial provision known as the employer ...