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Archive for April, 2009

 

Health Insurance as Prevention

April 29th, 2009

The recent outbreak of the Mexican based swine flu is prompting a wave of preventative measures to protect those which may come in contact with the deadly disease. The flu has killed fifty seven people in Mexico, and there is now one confirmed death in the United States as a result of the epidemic. Health [...]

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COBRA Subsidy to Reach Only Some

April 27th, 2009

Obama’s recent stimulus package included a subsidy for COBRA insurance that was intended to help those who were recently laid off the ability to keep their health insurance and not add to the growing number of Americans without health insurance. The subsidy however may not reach as many people as Obama might have liked, considering [...]

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Wisconsin May Be First in Protecting Hearing

April 24th, 2009

Wisonsin may soon be the first state requiring health insurance companies to pay for cochlear implants, hearing aids, and other hearing treatment for children under the age if 18. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has promised to sign the bill into law. The costly implants, which can carry a price tag of $50,000, have traditionally been [...]

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Delay of Healthcare

April 22nd, 2009

A staggering one in five Americans reportedly admitted to postponing routine health care due to cost, according to a recent survey. The lack of health insurance among a broad section of the population is leading to many preventative and non-life-threatening procedures being delayed due to the inability to pay. As more people lose access to [...]

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COBRA Subsidy Not So Simple

April 20th, 2009

It was good news for a large number of people when Obama passed the stimulus bill which would result in the Federal Government subsidizing a large portion of the cost of COBRA insurance coverage for those who had recently lost their job. This would help take some burden off of state programs designed to provide [...]

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Nationwide Insurance Sued Over Health Insurance Policies

April 17th, 2009

Nationwide Insurance, a provider of health insurance, is being sued by several members in Washington who are accusing the company of selling policies without authorization or approval from the state insurance commissioner’s office. They are claiming that the policies did not meet the minimum standards required by law and the class action lawsuit will cover [...]

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Health Insurance Mandate Too Great a Burden on Students?

April 15th, 2009

While Florida State University already requires students to carry a health insurance policy in order to take classes, other universities are considering the mandate. Florida State requires students to be covered by their own plan, or else choose from one of the University’s plans which cost between $929 and $1250 per year. The idea behind [...]

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Stimulus Plan Yet to Pay Out

April 13th, 2009

For people who have suffered a job loss in recent months, the previously cost prohibitive COBRA coverage was thought to be placed within reach due to Obama’s stimulus plan which would subsidize the cost of premium and make it affordable for more people. So far, however, many COBRA subscribers have still been paying the full [...]

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Wisconsin BadgerCare to Thank for Low Rate of Uninsureds

April 10th, 2009

The state of Wisconsin enjoys a relatively low rate of uninsured citizens thanks in part to its program aimed at helping low income working families called BadgerCare. Wisconsin is 7th on the list of states with the smallest number of uninsured citizens, with only about 26% of people having gone without coverage at some point [...]

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Another State Shows Evidence of Uninsureds

April 8th, 2009

A recent report issued by Families USA shows that approximately one third of the population of Illinois went without health insurance at some point during the period of Jan 2007 to the end of 2008. Of these 3.5 million, roughly 2.5 million were without coverage for at least six months at a time. An overwhelming [...]

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