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Are Americans More Worried About Than Losing Their Health Insurance Than Their Jobs?

Unemployment may be hovering at 8 percent, but according to a new Gallup Poll, more Americans are more worried about losing their health insurance than their jobs:

Among Americans of all political affiliations, health care cost also ranked as the most second worrisome economic issue, right after jobs, in the Kaiser survey.

A separate Gallup . . . → Read More: Are Americans More Worried About Than Losing Their Health Insurance Than Their Jobs?

Are Pre-Existing Conditions Keeping You “Working For the Man”?

The American Dream may be to work for yourself at your own business, but sadly, pre-existing conditions drive many to work corporate jobs for affordable health insurance:

Are pre-existing conditions keeping you in a corporate job? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

. . . → Read More: Are Pre-Existing Conditions Keeping You “Working For the Man”?

Are Your Ready for Open Enrollment?

Fall open enrollment is around the corner. Are you prepared for that stack of paper that will dictate your family’s health insurance coverage for the next year? Probably not as it turns out:

A majority of employees said they aren’t receiving adequate enrollment information about their company’s benefit plans, according to an Aflac Inc. . . . → Read More: Are Your Ready for Open Enrollment?

Will You Be Throwing Away $750 This Open Enrollment Season?

We know open enrollment season is still a few weeks away for most people, but do you have $750 to throw away this year? We didn’t think so:

“Far too many people don’t really understand their benefits,” says Audrey Tillman, executive vice president of Corporate Services at Aflac. “In fact, most employees are on autopilot.” . . . → Read More: Will You Be Throwing Away $750 This Open Enrollment Season?

Same-Sex Couples in Michigan May Move For Health Insurance Benefits

How important are health insurance benefits to families? Some same-sex couples in Michigan could be leaving the state soon:

Same-sex couples in Michigan who are suing the state over denial of health care coverage may be packing up and leaving if the judge rules against them.

The law in question prohibits certain public employers from . . . → Read More: Same-Sex Couples in Michigan May Move For Health Insurance Benefits

Would You Be Fired if Your Child Was Sick?

That’s the question in a new lawsuit in Florida. Yovany Gonzalez is suing Wells Fargo fired him when his daughter needed treatment for cancer. With Gonzalez fired a few days before an expensive surgery for his daughter, the hospital cancelled the surgery. Mackenzie Gonzalez died later from her cancer.

The Young Turks recently talked . . . → Read More: Would You Be Fired if Your Child Was Sick?

Is Your Employer Diving Into the Wellness Pool?

We know we’ve had a lot of bad news this open enrollment season (health insurance premiums going up, health insurance benefits going down, health insurance being dropped altogether, etc.), but there is one employer benefit which just continues to grow and grow and grow: employer wellness programs. Yes, employers love wellness programs which are usually . . . → Read More: Is Your Employer Diving Into the Wellness Pool?

Is Health Insurance Going to Drive Up the Price of Your Pizza?

Well, don’t look now, but the price of your slice of Papa John’s pizza may be going up soon:

John Schnatter, chief executive of the pizza chain, is bashing President Obama’s healthcare reform law as a policy that will force the company to choose between its customers and its investors.

And if the Patient Protection . . . → Read More: Is Health Insurance Going to Drive Up the Price of Your Pizza?

Open Enrollment: Will You Still Get Your Health Insurance Rebate If Your Switch Health Insurance?

With health insurers expected to pay out $1.3 billion (with a “b”!) in rebates this year under the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”), we’ve been getting some questions from folks asking if they can still get their rebate if they switch health insurers.  Well, the answer is kind of complicated.

Under Obamacare, health insurers must . . . → Read More: Open Enrollment: Will You Still Get Your Health Insurance Rebate If Your Switch Health Insurance?

Stock Retirees Sue To Stop Cuts to Health Benefits

Think you have it tough with your health benefits? Stockton retirees have been informed that they must pay their new, higher health insurance premiums by July 30th or face having their health insurance retroactively cancelled as of July 1st. A group of retirees are already attempting to stop the cuts, which will eliminate city-funded medical . . . → Read More: Stock Retirees Sue To Stop Cuts to Health Benefits