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Health Marketplace: Costs for Similar Plans Can Vary Widely

Posted on 10/7/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Consumers shopping in the new health insurance marketplaces will face a bewildering array of competing plans in some counties and sparse options in other places, with people in some areas of the country having to pay much more for the identical level of coverage than consumers elsewhere. A Kaiser Health News analysis of the 1,923 plans being sold on federally run online marketplaces found wide variations of price and availability. For instance, …

Got Health Problems? Now You Can Get insurance Online

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, for Kaiser Health News. This KHN story was produced in collaboration with McClatchy. Denise Marshall of Sonoma, Calif., was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011 and a year later, lost her toy company job along with her health insurance benefits. The good news is that her disease was caught early and she is now in remission. The bad news was her cancer diagnosis made it impossible to buy coverage because insurers thought she was too high a health …

New Health Plan Premiums Will Be Less Than Expected

Posted on 09/25/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Julie Appleby and Phil Galewitz, for Kaiser Health News Just days before new online health insurance markets are set to open, the Obama administration Wednesday released a look at average premiums, saying rates in most states are lower than earlier projected – and that 95 percent of consumers will have at least two insurers to choose from. The report — released the same day that President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton touted the law’s benefits — comes …

Home Health Workers to Get Minimum Wage, Overtime Pay

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingBy Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News The U. S. Department of Labor issued new rules Tuesday that mandate home health care agencies pay their workers the minimum wage and receive overtime pay starting in 2015. “Almost 2 million home care workers are doing critical work, providing services to people with disabilities and senior citizens who want to live in community settings and age in place in their familiar surroundings,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. But when it comes to …

Losing a Job and Insurance? The New Marketplace Might Help

Posted on 09/17/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Michelle Andrews, for Kaiser Health News Workers who lose their jobs and their employer-based health insurance will have new coverage options when the Affordable Care Act’s state marketplaces open in October. But consumer advocates are concerned many may not realize this and lock themselves into pricier coverage than they need. Today, the only option for many laid-off workers is to continue their employer-provided coverage for up to 18 months under the federal law known as COBRA. Because they have to pay the …

If You Have Medicare, No Need to Go to Insurance Marketplaces

Posted on 08/26/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News. This story produced in collaboration with USA Today While the Obama administration is stepping up efforts encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage from the new online insurance marketplaces, officials are planning a campaign to convince millions of seniors to please stay away – don’t call and don’t sign up. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are not changing and the marketplace doesn’t require them to do …