"Health Insurance" Blogs

California Proposes $1.4 Billion To Address Homelessness Through Improved Housing and Health Care Services

California politicians are big on healthcare bills. Most recently, Gov. Gavin Newsom worked on a proposal to get homeless into housing while also treating any physical and mental health problems they may be struggling with. Newson will request lawmakers to allocate approximately $1.4 billion to be used on homelessness housing assistance and health care services. […]

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Drug Company Startup EQRx Launches With Mission To Lower Drug Prices

A new startup aims to bring down drug prices by re-engineering and making the whole process less costly. The startup raised $200 million from investors and it’s aiming to get the first drug approved in 5 years and have 10 drugs approved in their first decade. EQRX’s aims to develop new drugs that work similarly […]

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Cigna And Oscar Announce Partnership To Offer Health Benefits For Small Businesses

Health insurance company Cigna and technology-driven Oscar Health recently announced a strategic partnership to jointly provide commercial health solutions to small businesses. The Cigna + Oscar plans will include medical, behavioral and pharmacy services with a broad network of providers. There will be access to Oscar’s technology tools as well. Small businesses need a better […]

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New State Law Requires Californians Have Health Insurance or Face Penalties In 2020

Starting Jan.1, 2020, a new California law could make residents liable for a tax penalty if they don’t have health insurance – some exemptions may apply. The new spending bill will replace the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The law will have an indirect impact on state employers, and it will impose an individual mandate […]

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Sign-Up Period to Buy Health Insurance Extended After Government Site Crashed

The deadline to buy health insurance for 2020 coverage has been extended. So, if you failed to sign up by Dec. 15, you have until Wednesday, Dec.18, at 3 a.m. to choose a health plan.  While this is a tight deadline for some, it’s still an extra chance to get the much-needed coverage. Sunday night, […]

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Laws Requiring Commercial Health Insurance Coverage for Telehealth Increasing Nationwide

California governor had recently signed a new law requiring commercial health insurance coverage for telehealth services. But the Golden State is not the only one. So far, 42 states have statutes in place regarding commercial insurance coverage for telehealth. The language in these laws, however, can limit their impact. The new law recently signed in […]

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Beware of California Health Insurance Robocalls Featuring “Anne” and Her Relatives

As Open Enrollment comes to an end, automated phone calls offering ACA or other health plans keep spiking making many customers angry. In California, Open Enrollment ends on January 15, so they have it worst. It has been an epidemic this year, authorities say. In October alone, there were 850,000 health insurance-related robocalls, which is […]

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Lack of Health Insurance Linked to Higher U.S. Death Rates

A new landmark study found that lack of insurance increases mortality. Under some specific conditions, the uninsured have worse survival probability, especially the near elderly who often face higher premiums. Also, lack of coverage is associated with less preventive services. The ACA Medicaid expansion has been instrumental in reducing mortality rates, and it has also […]

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Google’s Project Nightingale Raises Serious Health Data Collection Concerns

Google keeps increasing its efforts into the U.S. healthcare sector currently worth $3.5 trillion yearly.  Projects such as the $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, which has 25 million active users, and now the recent “Project Nightingale,” with Ascension, the second-largest health system in the United States – 2,600 hospital and medical care facilities in 21 […]

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Cable Industry Urges Court to Block Drug Price Disclosure for Online and Television Commercials

A lobbying group associated with the cable and internet industries teamed up with the Association of National Advertisers and pharmaceutical companies in an effort to undo a new regulation that required all drug companies to advertise with prices included on their television or online commercials. Drug companies must disclose list prices of medications that cost […]

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Alysia Montaño Boosts Her Support to Keep Women Athletes from Losing Health Insurance and Income

Just last May, Olympic runner Alysia Montaño had criticized Nike’s maternity leave policy. She had noticed the U.S. Olympic Committee strips women athletes of their health insurance coverage if they are not at the top of the game during pregnancy. It’s okay for the sports industry to push a woman out of the prime when […]

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New Proposed Bill Could Get Kidney Donors Free Health Insurance For Life

A new proposed bill would get kidney donors free healthcare through the New York state of health marketplace. Currently, around 8,000 New Yorkers are on hold for a kidney transplant. The new bill is expected to attract more donors. Thousands of people die every day waiting to get a kidney transplant – 8,000 in the […]

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