Category Archive for "Medicare"

Catalist Health Partners with DirectHealth & Wal-Mart

Catalist Health is excited to announce that after months of work and training, our relationship with GoHealth and American Insurance Brokers has led to a partnership with DirectHealth & Wal-Mart to empower our Agents to Staff Wal-Mart Stores for Insurance

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Reflections on Medicare from the National Academy of Social Insurance

Here is a document that I commonly refer to that was created by the NATIONAL ACADEMY of SOCIAL INSURANCE: you will NOTE this is NOT a republican or democrat document, members of the panel are from all parts of this

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Health Reform (ACA) is Upheld by Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court issued an opinion related to health care reform. A divided Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s health-care law. The court said Congress was acting within its powers under the Constitution when it required most Americans to

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Council for Affordable Health Insurance Responds to the ACA Ruling

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2012 CAHI Deeply Disappointed by Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act November elections are the next battleground Alexandria, VA — The Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI) is deeply disappointed

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Federal Reform News from Council for Affordable Health Insurnace

Federal News Supreme Court 2012 Review of Reform Law Likely The recent ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals makes it almost certain the Supreme Court will decide the federal health care reform law’s constitutionality in its 2012 term.

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Health care reform provision at-a-glance Long-Term Care

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or health care reform law), the secretary of Health and Human Services will establish a voluntary long-term care (LTC) insurance program called Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) by January 1,

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Preventative Care Provision: Interim Rules Health Reform Update

As you may know, the health care reform law includes a provision requiring health insurers to cover preventive services with no member cost sharing. Recently-published interim final regulations clarify this provision. Non-grandfathered plans issued or renewed on or after September 23, 2010, will not include member cost sharing or copays for the following preventive care provided in-network:

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Grandfathering Allowed: Final Regulations Update

As we recently communicated with you, the federal government has issued Interim Final Regulations for the grandfathering provision. Because there are advantages to grandfathering, we will grandfather most standard and non-standard plans in our portfolio. To help you better understand what this means to you, we’ve put together this Grandfathering Fact Sheet. It explains:

£ More about grandfathering

£ What changes can be made without losing grandfathered status

£ What changes will result in losing the grandfathered status

This is an important provision for many individuals and group policyholders. You can expect more information about grandfathering, including how we will implement it. As always, please talk with your consultant if you have any questions.

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Federal Mental Health Parity Interim Final Regulations Explained

The Federal Mental Health Parity Act requires our fully-insured employers with 50-2,999 employees, as well as self-funded customers, to offer the same level of coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services as that offered for medical and surgical services through their plan.

The 154-page Federal Mental Health Parity Interim Regulations and comments, were published in February in the Federal Register. Highlights of new/updated information from the interim regulations are as follows:

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2010 Medigap Changes Frequently Asked Questions

When are these changes effective? The 2010 Medicare Supplement changes will be effective on any policy sold effective June 1, 2010. When can I start marketing the new plans? The new plans are effective June 1, 2010, so the kickoff

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