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Obamacare: California Small Businesses To Receive Health Insurance Rebates

Last year, health insurers returned $74 million in health insurance rebates to individual health insurance policyholders, but this year it looks like small businesses will be getting the biggest share of the rebate pie:

Blue Shield of California owes $24.5 million in rebates to thousands of small-business customers, and rival Anthem Blue Cross will return . . . → Read More: Obamacare: California Small Businesses To Receive Health Insurance Rebates

Obamacare: Is It Really Helping Americans Save Money on Individual Health Insurance?

Interesting report from the Kaiser Family Foundation yesterday:

People who bought their own health insurance last year saved $2.1 billion because of the federal health law, mainly because of a provision that limits how much of their premium can go to insurers’ administration and profits, says a report out today from the Kaiser Family Foundation. . . . → Read More: Obamacare: Is It Really Helping Americans Save Money on Individual Health Insurance?

How Much Would Your Employer Pay for You To Be Healthy?

For lots of employers, the answer seems to be plenty:

King County, Washington, was one of the first local governments to use rewards and penalties to encourage healthier behaviors. A decade ago, the county panicked as health care costs were growing at a pace of 15 percent every year. Then-executive Ron Sims convened a . . . → Read More: How Much Would Your Employer Pay for You To Be Healthy?

Why Would Someone Young and Healthy Buy Health Insurance?

We sometimes get asked that question. It usually goes something like this, “Why should I shell out a couple of hundred dollars a month for health insurance? What are the chances I need health insurance?”

What are the chances, indeed!

After leaving college at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh last year to move to . . . → Read More: Why Would Someone Young and Healthy Buy Health Insurance?

Is Health Insurance Like Buying TVs?

Ezra Klein of The Washington Post wonders what it would be like if we bought televisions like we buy health insurance:

Imagine you went to Best Buy and found a great deal on a plasma television set. I want to be clear: You didn’t find a great television set. This one is actually a . . . → Read More: Is Health Insurance Like Buying TVs?

Vermont Health Insurance Co-Op Fights Denial of License

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Where do you get your health insurance? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

Would We Just Be Better Off Without Health Insurance?

One Portland, Maine doctor seems to think so. And has the experience to prove it:

Dr. Michael Ciampi announced on April 1st that he would no longer be accepting insurance in any form as payment for his services.

But this was no April Fool’s joke: Dr. Ciampi says he decided to cut out the middleman . . . → Read More: Would We Just Be Better Off Without Health Insurance?

Could California Health Insurance Rates Become Affordable?

We’re actually cautiously hopeful about the news on California health insurance exchange rates coming out today:

SACRAMENTO – In the first disclosure of individual health insurance premiums by the nation’s largest state, California announced on Thursday a wide array of choices for the 5.3 million people expected to qualify to purchase coverage through its online . . . → Read More: Could California Health Insurance Rates Become Affordable?

Family Medical Costs to Exceed Cost of Groceries in 2013

Quick! What does your family spend more on, medical costs or groceries? Well, don’t look now, but the answer might surprise you:

The cost of medical care “now exceeds the cost of groceries” for the typical American family with health insurance coverage through their employer, a new study shows.

The 2013 Milliman Medical Index, . . . → Read More: Family Medical Costs to Exceed Cost of Groceries in 2013

Do We Really Have To Repay Our Health Insurers?

Have you had to reimburse your health insurance? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

. . . → Read More: Do We Really Have To Repay Our Health Insurers?