Some health insurance giants have decided not to play in the California insurance exchange sandbox:
Some prominent health insurers, including industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., are not participating in California’s new state-run health insurance market, possibly limiting the number of choices for millions of consumers.
UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest private insurer, Aetna Inc. and Cigna . . . → Read More: Major Health Insurers Opt Out of California Exchange
A sliver of good news for those affected by the bombings:
Patients injured in last week’s bombings near the finish line at the Boston Marathon are poised to get a little help from their health insurance companies and the hospitals that treated them.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim . . . → Read More: Health Insurers, Hospitals Will Drop Some Costs for Boston Bombing Victims
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. . . → Read More: California Health Insurance Premiums To Rise 20% and More
No, it’s not just Californians suffering from rising health insurance costs. Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico is proposing on raising its health insurance premiums for its 31,000 New Mexican individual health insurance policyholders by 6.9%. It would be the second significant health insurance hike by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico in . . . → Read More: Will New Mexico Let Blue Cross Blue Shield Hike Health Insurance Premiums?
How badly does your health insurer want you to move from your brand name drugs over to generics? Well, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield wants its members to switch over to generic prescription drugs so much that if you take brand-name medicines for pain, heartburn, gout, high blood pressure, overactive bladder and migraine headaches Excellus . . . → Read More: Will Your Health Insurance Pay Your Generic Prescription Drug Copays? Excellus BCBS Will…
Yes, California health insurers are at it again. The costs of medical care may have only gone up 3.6% last year, but California’s largest health insurers are planning on raising average health insurance rates from 8% to 14% for hundreds of thousands of members with individual health insurance policies. Health insurance premiums have already been . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Will Raise Average Health Insurance Premiums 8% to 14%
Good news for Michigan consumers who have bought their own health insurance. The Department of Health and Human Services ruled that Michigan health insurers will have to comply with the new federal law that requires them to spend 80 cents of every health insurance premium dollar on direct patient care. Health insurers who haven’t been . . . → Read More: Michigan Consumers Could Get $89 Million Back From Health Insurers
Could it actually be some Christmas cheer on the horizon in Florida? Maybe, after the Department of Health and Human Services ruled that Florida health insurers will have to comply with the new federal law that requires them to spend 80 cents of every health insurance premium dollar on direct patient care. Health insurers who . . . → Read More: Christmas Comes Early? Health Insurers Could Be Returning Money to Floridians
If you’re a Regence health insurance member in Washington State, and you’ve had some problems dealing with your health insurer, you are definitely not alone. Tens of thousands of Regence health insurance members have been banging their heads against the wall in dealing with the company, and the State of Washington is stepping in. Washington . . . → Read More: Washington State Insurance Commissioner Order Regence To Clean Up Its Health Insurance Act
Ominous news from Indiana today. Five health insurers, including two health insurance giants, have announced that they will stop selling individual health insurance policies in Indiana. In response, the Indiana Department of Insurance is asking the Obama Administration for a delay from a key portion of the Affordable Care Act (or healthcare reform) which requires . . . → Read More: Five Health Insurers to Stop Selling Individual Health Insurance in Indiana