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Why tens of thousands of Coloradans choose to pay a fine rather than buy health insurance

Affordable Care Act tax penalty cost Coloradans $60.6 million in 2015 Alex Brandon, The Associated Press The website is seen on a computer screen Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. The Trump administration says consumers can start previewing plans and premiums online for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in 2018. Open enrollment […]

Assembly passes bill that would forbid state health insurance from paying for abortions for state workers

Members of Wisconsin Right to Life protest in front of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse in this 2007 file photo. The state Assembly approved a measure Thursday that would prohibit state health insurance programs from covering abortions for state workers. The bill died in the Senate in 2013 under opposition from a broad […]

5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

Alyssa Pry Health care is expensive, and finding ways to save can be a challenge. Here are five ways to cut your health insurance costs. TIP 1: Study your plan for freebies and discounts Most insurance plans offer free preventative care if you stay in-network. That means if you visit a doctor covered under your […]
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House to Vote on Child Health Care, but Funding Will Remain in Limbo

An uninsured teenager received a physical from a medical student in Miami in 2009. CreditJoe Raedle/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The House on Friday is expected to pass legislation to refinance the Children’s Health Insurance Program and send federal funds to community health centers. But a partisan morass over how to pay for the legislation all but […]

Health Insurance Suddenly Just Got Cheaper for a Lot of People

Beth Skwarecki Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images 2017 is a strange year to buy health insurance. Some weird and bad things have happened, and it seems like we should expect insurance plans to become more expensive. But it turns out that a lot of people may now be able to get cheaper insurance, and for an odd […]

Political hurdles for health insurance sign up won’t deter these navigators: MS Pulse

GOP leaders coined the phrase “repeal and replace” in 2010 just before then-President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. Seven years and the election of President Donald Trump later, recent efforts to do just that have been unsuccessful. On Nov. 1, open enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance plans began. “There’s a lot of […]

Choosing a Health Insurance Plan Is Not ‘Shopping’

By HELAINE OLENNOV. 2, 2017 A couple considering their insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. CreditJoe Raedle/Getty Images It’s time to select a health insurance plan for 2018! Whether we get covered through an employer or the Affordable Care Act exchanges, we’ll be told to carefully review our options to find a plan that will give […]

Facing a big health insurance premium hike? Blame the kids

A young girl has her blood pressure measured during a physical exam. (Jonathan Kirn / Getty Images / The Image Bank) Courtney Perkes Dede Kennedy-Simington, an insurance agent in Pasadena, was “totally dismayed” when she learned recently that the premium on her family’s Blue Shield PPO would rise $391 a month next year — driven […]

Senate Republicans Are Now Making Signing Up for Health Insurance as Lousy as Possible

BILL CLARK/CQ ROLL CALL Helping people get covered should not be a partisan issue. The Affordable Care Act’s 2018 open enrollment period began on Wednesday, allowing Americans who do not have access to health insurance through their employer or the government to purchase marketplace coverage. For Republican legislators, this event comes as yet another unwelcome […]
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8 million kids could lose health insurance if the CHIP program isn’t renewed. Here’s what that looks like in one state

BY LAURA SANTHANAM  October 12, 2017 at 2:44 PM EDT CORAL GABLES, FL – JANUARY 07: Pediatrician Dr. Amanda Porro M.D. delivers a flu vaccination to an infant’s leg during his visit to the Miami Children’s Hospital on January 7, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that in the United […]