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Learn more about insurance through the SHOP Marketplace

Learn more about insurance through the SHOP Marketplace

School is back in session and there’s lots to learn this year.  Start by finding out about getting health coverage through the SHOP Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. Find the right health and/or dental insurance for your business and your budget. We’re here to help. Get started today with these great resources. About the SHOP Marketplace: At a […]

September 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cardiac rehab improves health, but cost and access issues can limit success

Cardiac rehab improves health, but cost and access issues can limit success

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Mario Oikonomides credits a massive heart attack when he was 38 for sparking his love of exercise, which he says helped keep him out of the hospital for decades after. While recovering, he did something that only a small percentage of patients do: He signed up for a medically […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind. Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hidden exclusions leave gaps in women’s care – study

Hidden exclusions leave gaps in women’s care – study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Buried in the fine print of many marketplace health plan documents is language that allows them to refuse to cover a range of services, many of which disproportionately affect women, a recent study found. It’s unclear the extent to which these coverage “exclusions” have prevented patients from getting needed treatments. An […]

August 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions, but had lower costs

People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions, but had lower costs

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News The 2010 health law was meant to expand insurance coverage so that Americans could get medical care they would otherwise go without — and not spend a fortune doing so. Though it’s still early, new evidence suggests this scenario is playing out. Research published online by Health Affairs Wednesday examines […]

August 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Talk to your agent or broker about coverage for college students

Talk to your agent or broker about coverage for college students

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Many college students are heading back to college or starting their college careers this time of year. In addition to outfitting students with laptops and dorm room supplies, parents may want to think about whether their students are covered by the right insurance policies.  Health insurance Under the […]

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Administration paints rosy future for Obamacare Marketplaces

Administration paints rosy future for Obamacare Marketplaces

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News Despite dire warnings from Republicans and some large insurers about the stability of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, an Obama administration report released Thursday indicated the individual health insurance market has steadily added healthier and lower-risk consumers. Medical costs per enrollee in the exchanges in 2015 were unchanged compared […]

August 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
More small, midsize firms choose to pay workers’ medical costs directly

More small, midsize firms choose to pay workers’ medical costs directly

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Instead of buying a health insurance policy to cover their workers, a growing number of small and midsized companies are opting to pay their employees’ medical claims directly, a potentially riskier practice financially called self-insuring, a recent study found. Between 2013 and 2015, the proportion of midsized companies with […]

August 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Be wary of short-term health plans, warns Insurance Commissioner

Be wary of short-term health plans, warns Insurance Commissioner

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Consumers looking for health insurance outside of the annual open enrollment period should be wary of short term health plans. These plans may be marketed as alternatives to Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance, but they could leave you without adequate coverage and facing financial penalties at tax […]

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

By Jen Fifield Stateline ROCKVILLE, Md. — Ever since she was 4, when a caregiver force-fed her with a spoon, Caroline Munro has not let anyone feed her but her mother. The 22-year-old has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. She doesn’t speak and functions at a preschool level. Her mother, Beth Munro, feeds her […]

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