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HSA coverage reaches 10 million nationwide

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Ten million people now use health savings account insurance plans, an increase of 25 percent since last year, according to an annual report from America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group. The largest purchaser of the plans was the large-group market, which rose by 33 percent, followed by the small group coverage, which grew… Continue Reading HSA coverage reaches 10 million nationwide

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Small businesses will be able to pool together to buy insurance under the new federal health-care legislation passed earlier this month. By no later than 2014, states will have to set up small-business health options programs, or SHOP exchanges, where small businesses will be able to pool together to buy insurance at presumably lower premiums… Continue Reading Buying pool could help small firms with insurance

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Humana will cut its work force by 5 percent, or 1,400 people, during 2010, the result of lower enrollment rates at the insurance company. The company plans to reduce the impact of 2,500 job cuts by adding 1,100 jobs in medical-cost containment, pharmacy management and specialty products – the company’s growth areas. Humana said the… Continue Reading Humana to cut 1,400 jobs

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More insurance bang for their buck

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If insurance plans cost more, small businesses want more Small businesses say they are being shortchanged by their health insurance companies. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report shows businesses expect more from their insurance companies — They want more information, more technology and more health and wellness. Premiums continue to rise — particularly in the small group… Continue Reading More insurance bang for their buck

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Really no other options

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Long-term care insurance has problems, but still best choice available for most Insurance might not be the perfect solution to long-term care for the elderly, but it is currently the only solution available. Long-term care insurance is supposed to pay for treatment in a nursing home, assisted living facility or for a home health nurse… Continue Reading Really no other options

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For the ninth consecutive year, the Colorado health insurance market experienced a double-digit rate increase. The  annual Lockton Benefit Group survey shows that premiums statewide will increase 11.8 percent next year. “This survey is significant in that it demonstrates that the rate of increase in the cost of coverage in Colorado greatly exceeds the national… Continue Reading Insurance premiums again see double-digit increase

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Insurer changes course on large infants

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DENVER (AP) – A Colorado insurance company is changing its attitude about fat babies. Rocky Mountain Health Plans said Monday it will no longer consider obesity a “pre-existing condition” barring coverage for hefty infants. The change comes after the insurer turned down a Grand Junction 4-month-old who weighs about 17 pounds. The insurer deemed Alex… Continue Reading Insurer changes course on large infants

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Physician price gouging?

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Study claims that doctors are dramatically raising prices for out-of-network care The health insurance industry has fired another salvo in the health care reform battle, releasing a study that claims doctors are overcharging patients — sometimes by as much as 4,000 percent. America’s Health Insurance Plans claims that doctors who choose not to participate in health networks… Continue Reading Physician price gouging?

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Some insurance companies still wary of new cancer treatment Westley Fong wasn’t supposed to live to see Christmas this year. His oncologist told him there was nothing more he could do for a tumor behind Fong’s eye. His stage four cancer, in remission since 2003, had returned and spread to his lower back. But Fong… Continue Reading Cyberknife effective, but not available to everyone

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One hundred years ago, insurance probably was one of the last things business owners thought about. But technology, litigation and the Internet have permanently changed the cultural and business landscape of America, not to mention the world. And insurance has evolved. “Insurance mimics society — it’s ever-changing, based on the way people do business,” said… Continue Reading Business and personal insurance: Don’t leave home without it

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