Say Hi To Oscar: The New Kid That May Change Health Insurance

By Nicole Fisher and Scott Liebman Josh Kushner (David Yellen for FORBES) In five weeks from now, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates the opening of health insurance exchanges around the country. At that time New Yorkers will be introduced to an innovative way of thinking about health care: Oscar. Three friends, and technology […]

Many Health Insurers to Limit Choices of Doctors, Hospitals

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Speaking Out for Health Care Act, Obama Says Millions Will Get Rebates

WASHINGTON — President Obama, slipping back into his episodic role as a vigorous campaigner for his new health care act, said Thursday that thanks to the law, more than 8.5 million Americans are getting rebates this summer from their insurance providers. Mr. Obama was flanked by families who have benefited from a provision in the […]

Employers Test Plans That Cap Health Costs

Although it is in the early stages, the strategy is gaining in popularity and there is some evidence that it has persuaded expensive hospitals to lower their prices. In California, a large plan for public employees has been especially aggressive in using the tactic, and the results are being watched closely by employers and hospital […]

Beware of Hysteria Over New Health-Insurance Rates

Last month, Maryland made public the premiums that health insurers want to charge next year under the Affordable Care Act, one of the first states to do so. Premiums for non-employer health-insurance coverage were eye-popping, with a proposed average increase of 25 percent. As insurers submit their proposals in every state this spring, a pattern […]

Bill Allows Refusal Of Health Care On Moral Basis

By David Eggert, Associated Press LANSING (AP) – For 35 years, Michigan law has protected health care providers who refuse to perform an abortion on moral or religious grounds. Hospitals and clinics can’t be sued. Doctors and nurses can’t lose their jobs for objecting to terminating a pregnancy. Legislation that could be voted on as […]

Most individual health insurance isn’t good enough for Obamacare

If you buy your own health insurance now, you’ll be in for a big change when you sign up for coverage in 2014. Just over half of the individual plans currently on the market do not meet the standards to be sold next year, when many key provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act kick […]

Idaho health insurers pile up surpluses

Idaho’s two major health insurance companies are using money from double-digit rate increases to build savings and investment accounts that now top $600 million. Similarly rising stockpiles among insurers doing business in Washington have raised concerns by its insurance commissioner that the surpluses are more than the companies need. He wants legislation to let him […]

Health insurers launch TV war over Medicare Advantage cuts

WASHINGTON | Wed Mar 6, 2013 1:35pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The health insurance industry is escalating its lobbying battle against a proposed Medicare Advantage pay cut to insurers by launching a television and online advertising campaign to garner public support among the program’s 14 million beneficiaries. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a leading Washington-based […]

Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits

Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own. In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, […]