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Is Open Enrollment Confusing For You? Free Medicare Check-Up Sessions in Waverly, Ohio

Well, Medicare Open Enrollment Season is here, and if you live in Ohio and are struggling with how to make a decision about your Medicare choices, the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is offering a free Medicare Check-Up Session in Waverly, Ohio to help Ohio seniors understand the different Medicare coverage options, available . . . → Read More: Is Open Enrollment Confusing For You? Free Medicare Check-Up Sessions in Waverly, Ohio

Feds Cut PCIP Health Insurance Premiums in 23 States; What About the Others?

More follow-up on the news that the Obama Administration is cutting the health insurance premiums for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs).  Even though the Department of Health and Human Services is cutting the health insurance premiums for the PCIPs in the 23 states and the District of Columbia that it runs directly, it doesn’t look like . . . → Read More: Feds Cut PCIP Health Insurance Premiums in 23 States; What About the Others?

California Moves Medi-Cal Members to Managed Care Plans

It’s a sign of the times, but in an effort to control the state’s out-of-control Medicaid costs, California is moving its disabled and/or elderly Medi-Cal members to managed care plans. This week, 16 California counties started moving 380,000 disabled and/or elderly Medi-Cal members to managed care plans. A spokesman for the California Department of Health . . . → Read More: California Moves Medi-Cal Members to Managed Care Plans

Nevada Cut Premiums 37.5% for Pre-Existing Condition Health Insurance Plan (PCIP)

The first follow-up on the news that the Obama Administration is cutting the health insurance premiums for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs).  The State of Nevada has announced that the Department of Health and Human Services is cutting the health insurance premiums for Nevada’s PCIP by a whopping 37.5%, starting on July 1st. 

On . . . → Read More: Nevada Cut Premiums 37.5% for Pre-Existing Condition Health Insurance Plan (PCIP)

It’s Official! Vermont Governor Signs Bill To Move State To Universal Healthcare

It’s official!  The State of Vermont will become the first state in the union with universal healthcare for all residents.  This week, Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill which, among other things, will create a panel to figure out how to pay for Vermont to move to a single-payer system which will provide healthcare for . . . → Read More: It’s Official! Vermont Governor Signs Bill To Move State To Universal Healthcare

Vermont Moves One Step Closer to Single-Payer Healthcare

Tomorrow, the State of Vermont will move one step closer to being the first state in the union with universal healthcare for all residents.  Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin is scheduled to sign into law a bill which, among other things, will create a panel to figure out how to pay for Vermont to move to a single-payer system . . . → Read More: Vermont Moves One Step Closer to Single-Payer Healthcare

Florida Legislature Passes Medicaid Overhaul… Is This the Future of Medicaid?

After a year of debate, Florida Republicans have passed a bill which would overhaul the state’s $20 billion Medicaid program. The overhaul would move Florida’s poor and elderly Medicaid beneficiaries into HMOs and other managed care plans for health insurance. Republican legislators hope that the overhaul can start cutting the cost of the state’s Medicaid . . . → Read More: Florida Legislature Passes Medicaid Overhaul… Is This the Future of Medicaid?

Vermont Moves Towards Universal Healthcare, a Doctor’s Story

As Vermont marches ever closer to being the first state in the union to have universal healthcare, we started wondering why Vermont?  What’s been happening in Vermont that has propelled it forward as a healthcare pioneer.  So we found this interesting feature from the Associated Press on Dr. Deb Richter, one of the key figures . . . → Read More: Vermont Moves Towards Universal Healthcare, a Doctor’s Story

Should We All Just Move to Vermont? Vermont Senate Passes Universal Healthcare Bill

The State of Vermont is well on its way to becoming the first state in the union with universal healthcare for all residents.  The Vermont Senate has now approved 21-9 a bill which would set up government-funded health insurance for all Vermont state residents.  After going to conference committee, the bill will go to the . . . → Read More: Should We All Just Move to Vermont? Vermont Senate Passes Universal Healthcare Bill

Deadlines for Former Members of Pennsylvania AdultBasic Health Insurance Coming Up

The 40,000 low-income Pennsylvanians who lost their health insurance coverage when Pennsylvania’s AdultBasic health insurance program shut down may still be reeling, but two important deadlines for alternative health insurance are coming up.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies agreed to waive their normal coverage restrictions on pre-existing conditions for those moving from AdultBasic to the Blues’ SpecialCare . . . → Read More: Deadlines for Former Members of Pennsylvania AdultBasic Health Insurance Coming Up