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Retired with health insurance benefits? Read this.

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The White House announced today that it’s moving up the start date to June 1st for the new retiree reinsurance program in the health reform bill. The program is designed specifically for Americans in early retirement – those between the ages of 55 and 64 who are eligible to maintain health insurance through their former employer but are not quite old enough for Medicare, which kicks in at age 65.

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Ten things you didn’t know about health care reform

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There’s more than meets the evening news soundbyte in the health care reform law. Here are ten things you might not know are in the law, but are certain to have an impact on consumers.

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Really, Viagra for sex-offenders?

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Senate opponents are pulling out silly tricks and amendments this week to delay vote on health reform benefits that Americans need

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Refuting the anti-reform myths

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Heard health reform will destroy Medicare or bust our budget? Think we should ‘slow down?’ Get the facts about these and other myths that the opposition is using to scare Americans away from real change.

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How insurance rate increases really work–and why they are so high!

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Insurers blame their shockingly high premium increases on rising medical costs, but they aren’t telling us the whole story. Insurance companies engage in some ruthless practices that “justify” rate increases far larger than medical inflation.

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Health insurance didn’t start out this way

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Health insurance hasn’t proven to be the best market for head to head competition. Rather than improving price and service, companies began to increase profits by picking the healthy and shedding the sick.

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Getting a divorce just to get health care

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Today, loving families struggling to pay big medical bills sometimes have to consider divorce as the only means to cover a sick child or spouse.

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Insurance execs sit on bags of money, while policyholders feel the pinch

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States can’t even keep health insurance rates down when the insurance company is sitting on piles and piles of surplus cash (and investments).

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In case you were wondering, we’ve been at this a year now

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Those who say we should scrap the health reform bill and start over have yet to say what would happen differently the next time. It took a year to get to this point–with efforts to reach compromises large and small dating back to this time last year.

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In the alternative, fund high risk pools?

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Rather than try and insure everyone, perhaps we should just try and insure the sick people. The problem is, states have been trying that idea for years and it’s time we learn from failure.

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