Health insurance plans purchased through the 36 federally facilitated health insurance exchanges will automatically renew for 2015, as will income-based premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies, federal officials announced June 26, 2014.1 This decision may be intended to make the application and enrollment process easier on consumers and HealthCare.gov come 2015 open enrollment, but it is not the wisest move for all.
Continue Reading: 3 Reasons You Might Rethink Health Insurance Auto Renewal for 2015
President Obama promised that people who liked their health insurance plans could keep their health insurance plans. However, when the state-based and federally facilitated health insurance exchanges opened Oct. 1, 2013, Americans began to realize this might not truly be the case. When plan cancelation notices began to appear, many were frustrated to learn they would have to buy new ACA-compliant health insurance coverage for 2014.
Continue Reading: What if I Prefer My Non-Compliant Health Insurance Plan?
With school back in full swing, it is a great time to set up teeth cleanings for children. Children should be visiting the dentist for a routine check-up every six months, starting after the first tooth comes in, according to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPA).1 Routine check-ups prevent tooth decay, which is the single most common childhood disease in the United States, according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.2 Making sure to stay on top of these visits is essential to preparing your child for their future to ensure good hygiene habits.
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Summer is coming to an end, which means not only has school started for children, it also means Childhood Cancer Awareness month has arrived. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, “each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer.”1 This startling statistic is hard to swallow, but why not think of it as a time to rededicate to raising awareness and kicking childhood cancer to the curb?
With 2014 open enrollment several months behind us and open enrollment for 2015 health insurance coverage just three months away, it is a good time to reflect on what we learned and how we can shop smarter.
When Obamacare’s open-enrollment period began Oct. 1, 2013, California launched Covered California, its state-based health insurance exchange. The Golden State also expanded its Medicaid program in 2014.
California’s Obamacare exchange recently gained national recognition when officials announced the expansion of its dental insurance options. Those who enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the Covered California exchange may also buy family dental insurance plans that offer dental coverage for adults. Furthermore, all individual health insurance plans offered by Covered California will include pediatric dental benefits for those younger than 19 years old.1
Continue Reading: Update: Individual Health Insurance Landscape in California
To say there is a lot of information about health care and medicine on the Internet would be to state the obvious, which would be to use cliché. But it’s true. What is worth reading beyond the headlines depends on what you are looking to gain. Do you want cut-and-dry medical news, a closer examination of Obamacare topics, unique stories that will leave you feeling entertained and a bit wiser?
Continue Reading: 5 Top Healthcare and Medical Blogs
Obamacare’s state-based and federally facilitated health insurance exchanges serve more than individuals and families. They also serve small businesses and the self-employed.
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It would seem a state-based health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion were the secret to Obamacare enrollment success in many states. Gallup poll findings released Aug. 5, 2014, showed the 10 states reporting the largest reduction in uninsured rates opted to both run their own health insurance exchange and expand Medicaid in 2014.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. As a new school year nears—or gets underway, depending on where you live—it’s a good time to take your kids to the doctor for a well-child visit and to receive their recommended childhood immunizations.