Health Insurance


Tue May 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 1:21 pm

Nick and Rachel Robinson welcome their son Cash, who was born in a midwife's birthing pool.
Jessica Hooten Courtesy of Nick Robinson

The Robinson family of Dallas started out pretty excited about their new insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.

Nick Robinson had turned to Obamacare after he lost his job last summer. He had been working as a youth pastor, and the job included benefits that covered him, his two young daughters, and his wife, Rachel, a wedding photographer.

Nick says he wasn't too nervous at first, because everyone was healthy. Then, he recalls, they found out Rachel was pregnant.

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Tue May 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:57 am

This flea market in Colorado Springs and the Obamacare exchanges are versions of the same thing — marketplaces where sellers display wares and shoppers browse and buy.

Billions of dollars went into creating state marektplaces, and we know about 8 million people signed up. But it's actually still to early to declare success or failure. So, what can we say about what the public is getting for its money.

First, if you want to visualize what these marketplaces are, what the $4 billion-plus in federal grants to states paid for, think: flea market.

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Tue May 20, 2014
Health Insurance

Colorado’s Plan To Cut Ski-Town Health Premiums Gets Approval

Residents of rural and mountain resort towns may get some relief from high insurance premiums
Elise Thatcher Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has approved Colorado's plan to consolidate several rating areas to reduce health insurance premiums in rural and mountain communities.

Local officials in mountain resort areas west of Denver had been crying ‘foul’ over sky-high premiums, which were among the highest in the nation.

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Wed May 14, 2014
Shots - Health News

Obamacare Prompts Firm To Consider Dropping Its Health Plan

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 11:09 am

AmeriMark employees sort through return orders on the catalog company's processing floor.
Sarah Jane Tribble / WCPN

AmeriMark Direct founded its catalog business in Cleveland in the 1960s, and for decades, everyone assumed that health insurance came with the job.

These days, the 700-employee company doesn't assume anything.

The traditional mail-order catalog company sells a broad selection of products — from magnetic "fashion bracelets" and patio dresses to sexual health aids and religious-themed blankets.

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Mon May 5, 2014
Shots - Health News

Colorado Redraws Insurance Map To Cut Sky-High Ski-Town Rates

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 6:08 am

Telluride, Colo., where the mountains, powder and insurance rates are all high.

Relief is in sight – and it won't involve a lawsuit – for the four counties in Colorado that have the the highest Obamacare health insurance premiums in the country.

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