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Poll: ‘Modest Increase’ in 2014 Employer Benefits Premiums

Posted Sep 26, 2014
By Jenifer Dorsey

Poll: ‘Modest Increase’ in 2014 Employer Benefits Premiums

How does the cost of your employer-sponsored health insurance benefits compare to what others pay? Did your premium increase form 2013 to 2014 on pace with the average? Are more employers offering benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners? The Kaiser/HRET 2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey may have your answers1.

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When is 2015 Obamacare Open Enrollment?

Posted Sep 22, 2014
By Jenifer Dorsey

When is 2015 Obamacare Open Enrollment?

It’s almost been one year since the Obamacare Health Insurance Marketplace launched Oct. 1, 2013. At that point, the nation’s state based and federally facilitated exchanges opened for business and Americans could shop for 2014 health insurance plans without fear of being denied coverage or charged more due to health history. The words premium tax credit, cost-sharing subsidy, metal plans, and shared responsibility payment entered health insurance consumers’ lexicon. Many grew frustrated by website glitches, customer service number hold times, and general misunderstanding of the new health insurance landscape unfolding under the Affordable Care Act.

So when do we do it again?

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Poll: More Support Keeping Obamacare Than Repealing It

Posted Sep 17, 2014
By Jenifer Dorsey

Poll: More Support Keeping Obamacare Than Repealing It

With 2015 open enrollment two months away and recent conflicting appeals court rulings over Obamacare subsidies, health insurance under the Affordable Care Act remains a hot topic. The law continues to have its opponents, but results from a new Washington Post/ABC News Poll released Sept. 9, 2014, show that more Americans may prefer to keep it around than repeal it.

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Seasonal In-FLU-enza: What You Need to Know

Posted Sep 17, 2014
By Cayli Webster

Seasonal In-FLU-enza: What You Need to Know

Temperatures are changing as the seasons change in more ways than one. Chilly weather means flu season with one of its common symptoms being a high fever.  Flu season is unpredictable, with severity, timing, and length of season being just a few of its unreliable factors. With this being said, you can never be too prepared. Vaccinations, as well as washing your hands and practicing other preventative techniques are important in order to keep you and everyone around healthy!

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3 Reasons You Might Rethink Health Insurance Automatic Renewal for 2015

Posted Sep 17, 2014
By Jenifer Dorsey

3 Reasons You Might Rethink Health Insurance Automatic Renewal for 2015

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.

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What if I Prefer My Non-Compliant Health Insurance Plan?

Posted Sep 16, 2014
By Jenifer Dorsey

What if I Prefer My Non-Compliant Health Insurance Plan?

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.

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The Start of the School Year: the Perfect Time for a Dental Check-Up

Posted Sep 11, 2014
By Cayli Webster

The Start of the School Year: the Perfect Time for a Dental Check-Up

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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Eradicating Childhood Cancer – September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Posted Sep 09, 2014
By Cayli Webster

Eradicating Childhood Cancer – September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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?

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4 Key Things We Learned from 2014 Obamacare Open Enrollment—and How to Shop Smarter in 2015

Posted Sep 05, 2014
By Jenifer Dorsey

4 Key Things We Learned from 2014 Obamacare Open Enrollment—and How to Shop Smarter in 2015

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.

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Update: Individual Health Insurance Landscape in California

Posted Aug 28, 2014
By Jenifer Dorsey

Update: Individual Health Insurance Landscape in California

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

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