Tag Archives: Health Insurance/Health Plans

Beware of health insurance surveys offering gifts for personal information

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has issued a cease-and-desist order against Helen Kyung Lee and Joany Inc., also known as Impact Health Inc., for forging consumers’ signatures on insurance documents, which violates the Oregon insurance code. The department, through its Division of Financial Regulation, is pursuing fines and seeking to revoke the […]
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State warns of health insurance ‘survey’ scams 

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has issued a cease-and-desist order against Helen Kyung Lee and Joany Inc., also known as Impact Health Inc., for forging consumers’ signatures on insurance documents, which violates the Oregon insurance code. Source: State warns of health insurance ‘survey’ scams – KTVZ

Robo-calls are at ‘epidemic levels’ this health open-enrollment season

Almost all of them are illegal under FTC rules. Some are even fraudulent. “Anna” will not stop calling. She really, really wants to sell you health insurance. What a lot of consumers really, really want is to smack Anna upside her robo-calling head. With health insurance open-enrollment season underway, automated phone calls offering Affordable Care […]
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Healthcare.gov Breach Included Social Security Numbers and, Reportedly, Children’s Info

New details have surfaced about a data breach first reported on October 19 involving a healthcare.gov portal, which is currently said to affect as many as 75,000 consumers. In a letter to affected parties this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated the sensitive data exposed may have included Social Security numbers […]
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Hackers stole income, immigration and tax data in Healthcare.gov breach, government confirms

Hackers siphoned off thousands of Healthcare.gov applications by breaking into the accounts of brokers and agents tasked with helping customers sign up for healthcare plans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said in a post buried on its website that the hackers obtained “inappropriate access” to a number of broker and agent accounts, which […]
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Trump administration issues rules letting some employers deny contraceptive coverage

Exemptions for religious or moral objections to birth control appeal to social conservatives but have prompted lawsuits. The Trump administration issued a pair of federal rules on Wednesday that allow some employers to deny insurance coverage of birth control on religious or moral grounds, plowing ahead despite a legal and ideological tempest. The rules notch […]
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A first for Obamacare open enrollment — some stability for patients

After years of regulatory uncertainty which led to double-digit price hikes on exchange plans, health insurers are starting to turn a profit on the ACA exchanges. There are more carriers getting back into the market and offering new plan options. Nancy Sobin knows her way around paperwork. She started her own business three years ago, […]
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Patients Could Face Tough Health Insurance Choices During Open Enrollment

Open enrollment starts Thursday, and health insurance agents are urging patients to check their policies and whether they qualify for health insurance discounts because costs and coverage could change. With the window for people to buy their own health insurance opening Thursday, insurance agents are urging patients to review their insurance plans for potential changes […]
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For Oregonians, rate hikes ease but still sting: 2019 Insurance Guide

The chaos of the fledgling Affordable Care Act era has given way to something closer to stability. Insurers are seeking the smallest rate increases in three years for 2019. And premium prices will actually decline in the small group market for several carriers. Source: For Oregonians, rate hikes ease but still sting: 2019 Insurance Guide […]
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Amid efforts to combat opioid crisis, Trump is still pushing to cut insurance protections for addicted Americans

The Trump administration is working to roll back health insurance coverage that public health experts say is critical to millions of Americans suffering from addiction to opioids. A year after President Trump called for a public health emergency to control the opioid crisis, the administration is working to roll back health insurance coverage that public […]
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