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Consumers Tell Lawmakers “Don’t Void My Health Insurance Refund” as the House Prepares to Vote on Healthcare Repeal

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Your refund check might be in jeopardy if health reform opponents get their way. Included as part of the Affordable Care Act, insurers have to send out refund checks if they spend too much money on overhead and excessive profits. Reports show that across the nation consumers will receive about $1.1 billion in total refunds Continue Reading

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Health insurance refunds – your questions answered

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Recently, we posted our map listing insurance companies that may owe refunds to customers because they wasted too much money on overhead according to the new health care law.  But how do you know if you qualify for a refund?  What types of plans get what refunds?  And what if you are on public benefits?  Continue Reading

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HHS preserves September start date for new easy-to-read insurance summaries

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Late last week, the Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), the new, consumer friendly health insurance summary established by the Affordable Care Act. Consumers will see the SBC for the first time when they shop for Continue Reading

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New data confirms earlier estimates, over $1 billion in consumer insurance rebates coming soon

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Today the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan group that covers health care issues, released a new report summarizing national and state level data of estimated insurance refunds coming soon for millions of Americans. The report shows that insurers will owe an estimated $1.3 billion in rebates by August 1, 2012 because insurers failed to spend Continue Reading

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Thanks to health reform law insurers are improving value, preparing for rebates

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New rules that demand better value from health insurance companies are beginning to change business practices at some of the nation’s largest insurance companies and consumers will soon be due millions in rebates, according to data released early this month. Enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as the health reform law Continue Reading

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Healthcare law causing rates to drop in Texas

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Our routine polling tells us that health insurance costs are among the biggest concerns for Americans and when it comes to healthcare reform, lower rates are at the top of the list of priorities for families.  New rules created by the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare”, took dead aim at lowering rates and new evidence Continue Reading

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Consumers rally for healthcare rights at the Supreme Court!

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We brought 100,000 of you ‘virtually’ to the steps of the Supreme Court on March 27th as the Affordable Care Act was put on trial. Your names were printed on our giant banner in support of healthcare rights, and we unfurled it to show our leaders that consumers want reliable, affordable health care.  Watch our Continue Reading

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Rate review proving effective at holding insurance companies accountable

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Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added to the list of benefits we’re already seeing from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as the new healthcare law, announcing that premium increases in nine states have been deemed “unreasonable” after a review by independent experts. The ACA’s rate review program posts all double-digit increases online, Continue Reading

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New heathcare law rule working to lower premiums

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It’s been hard economic times for most American families the last few years. But it’s a different story for big insurance companies. The most recent example comes from Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC), which exceeded $1 billion in net income for the second straight year. HCSC is the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Texas, Continue Reading

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New numbers are in: Health reform removed lifetime dollar limits on coverage for 105 million

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In two weeks the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments to decide if the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. There’s no doubt the law has been controversial, and claims about “Obamacare” are flying again. In the two years since its enactment, though, evidence about the law’s actual effects has been building. As we’ve previously written, hundreds of Continue Reading

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