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Health reform law expands preventive care coverage for tens of millions in 2011

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While some features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) don’t go into effect until 2014, other provisions of the 2010 law are already well-established. That means that despite our ongoing battles to hold insurance companies accountable, we’re beginning to see evidence of many of the health law’s benefits. For example, in September we reported that the Continue Reading

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Holding health insurance companies accountable

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Keeping your health insurance costs down is one of our top priorities. Which is why we’ve been working both publicly and behind the scenes to make sure insurance companies adhere to the new national health care law that says they can’t spend more than 20 percent of your premium on their overhead, marketing or CEO Continue Reading

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Affordable Care Act is increasing coverage, study confirms

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In September, we reported on a Census survey showing that the Affordable Care Act expanded health care access to over 500 thousand young adults in 2010 alone. Although some were skeptical of the data, it strongly suggested the increased coverage was the result of a provision requiring that insurers allow young adults to stay covered by their Continue Reading

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NC, WI applications complete; HHS to rule on rebates soon

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Like Texas, Florida and several states before, insurance departments in North Carolina and Wisconsin have now finalized applications to delay an important new rule that could slow rising insurance premiums or even give you a rebate. On Wednesday, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened up a formal public comment period for these state applications  giving the Continue Reading

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Health care consumers win again in Kansas, Oklahoma

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Despite their requests to soften its implementation, health insurance companies in Kansas and Oklahoma will have to immediately comply with the Affordable Care Act’s rule that they spend at least 80% of their customers’ premiums on health care bills, not on overhead and profits. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that implementing Continue Reading

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HHS ruling a big win for Florida health insurance consumers

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In a major win for consumers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has rejected Florida’s request to delay a new rule requiring health insurance companies to spend at least 80% of their customers’ premium dollars on actual medical bills. Reacting to the ruling, Consumers Union Advocate Blake Hutson said, “Today’s announcement means that Continue Reading

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Florida rebate decision coming soon; Tampa Bay news breaks down the issue

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We’ll soon know the fate of a new rule aimed at helping Floridians who buy health insurance on their own get better value for their money. Federal regulators are set to decide whether to grant the state a waiver from meeting a new requirement in the health reform law that says insurers must spend 80% Continue Reading

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New disclosure requirement is wildly popular, not widely known

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When we think of the holiday season, the ideal image is not curling up in front of the fireplace to read through our health insurance plans. In fact, one survey showed that we dread buying insurance more than paying our taxes or going to the gym. So it may not be a surprise that in Continue Reading

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Insurance regulators support plan to undermine consumer rebates

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While millions of Americans spent last week focused on family, friends and Thanksgiving dinner, a behind-the-scenes group of state regulators voted in favor of a plan that could undermine billions in rebates due consumers from insurance companies. The closely divided vote pitted insurance industry giants against families and small businesses who buy health insurance on their own. At issue was a key component Continue Reading

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Florida shouldn’t weaken a new rule that gives consumers more value for their health insurance premiums

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Today, Consumers Union urged federal officials to reject the state of Florida’s request to dramatically water down new consumer protections provided under the health reform law. If granted, the state’s request would mean the loss of an estimated $144 million in health insurance refunds to consumers over the next three years.

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