Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Healt News Articles 02 April 2013

Vt. first state to post health care exchange rates
The rates, which are subject to review by regulators, range from about $1,700 a month for platinum coverage for a family to an average of $745 a month for catastrophic care, but those figures don't take into account health care subsidies that would ...
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Health care reform: Mass marketing pushed
With the nation still split over President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration has turned to the science of mass marketing for help in understanding the lives of uninsured people, hoping to craft winning pitches for a surprisingly varied ...
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Vt. is first state to post health insurance rates
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has become the first state to let people without health insurance see how much they would pay to get coverage through the federal health overhaul beginning next year. The state released proposed rates Monday. Examples ...
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Indiana's health care transparency laws get failing grade
Indianapolis Business Journal
Indiana was among 29 states to receive an 'F' grade in an analysis of all 50 state statutes by Catalyst for Payment Reform, a California-based employers group, and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, a Connecticut-based group formed by ...
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House pursues 'Arkansas model' on health coverage
Indianapolis Business Journal
The approach, known as the Arkansas model, would divert federal and state funds originally earmarked for a Medicaid expansion to instead give subsidies—or “premium assistance”—to help low-income Hoosiers buy health insurance via a federally run ...
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State: Auto and health insurance are top consumer issues
Boston Herald
Mortgage issues, auto-repair problems, health and home insurance concerns, home improvement contractors, and foreign lottery scams and fraud led the list as key issues last year. Officials also offered tips to consumers to avoid similar issues in the ...
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Is a High-Deductible Health Plan a Silver Bullet--or Snake Oil?
Huffington Post (blog)
The results are also consistent with findings from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment of several years ago that showed there were no lower rates of unhealthy behaviors among individuals who had been randomly assigned to plans with high levels of ...
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Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients in Oakland await health care reform
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Medi-Cal is California's state program that often provides health care coverage for children, some adults 18 to 21 years old, pregnant women and people with disabilities. It also covers people who make less than $13,000 a year. Medicare is the national ...
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San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Small Firms' Offer of Plan Choices Under Health Law Delayed
New York Times
WASHINGTON — Unable to meet tight deadlines in the new health care law, the Obama administration is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees — a major selling point for the ...
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Health care law divides Massachusetts Senate candidates
"(The law) ensured that if a person has a pre-existing condition that they cannot be denied health insurance, that every child in America would have health care, that if a person in a family became ill that family did not become bankrupt," Markey said ...
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Lawmaker: Universal health plan could cut costs - The Gazette
By Ann Imse
State Sen. Irene Aguilar wants Coloradans to imagine a day when 80 percent of them see their health care costs drop. She says the wildly different health care system she envisions can make that happen – largely by eliminating much of what ...
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UNC-system health insurance to be covered by BlueCross
After student health insurance premiums nearly doubled this year, the UNC system has decided to change providers from Pearce and Pearce Inc. to BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.
The Daily Tar Heel

Juicy Couture Is Cutting Worker Hours To Avoid Paying For ...
By Jenna Sauers
Recently, Juicy Couture had a problem. Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, any company with more than 50 employees who work 30+ hours per week has to provide those workers with health insurance that covers basic healthcare.

Study: Health care overhaul to increase claims costs by 32 percent ...
Medical claims costs -- the biggest driver of health insurance premiums -- will jump an average 32 percent for Americans' individual policies under President ...