Gallup Poll Finds Modest Drop in Uninsured Rate

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WASHINGTON – The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The […]

Despite Website Improvements, Millions of Blacks Not Covered

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WASHINGTON – As the Obama administration makes strides to improve the functionality of HealthCare.gov, the flagship website for the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers continue to block federal funds that would help millions of poor Blacks get health insurance coverage. A progress report on the improved performance of HealthCare.gov cited hundreds of software bugs that […]

AP Sources: Obama to allow sale of Canceled Plans

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WASHINGTON – Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. The decision was designed to ease the impact on millions of consumers who have received cancellation notices in recent […]

Sacramento Area Leaders & Organizations Sponsor Health Enrollment Day

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SACRAMENTO – Forget plagued websites, Covered California is given area residents a chance to sign up for affordable health insurance in person. Enrollment Day in Sacramento will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Individuals and families can find out more information and apply on-site at four different locations in four […]

Consumers Warned of Misleading Insurance Websites

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NATIONWIDE – Insurance regulators and an industry trade group warn that this month’s rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law opened the door for bad actors at the same time that it gives brokers and agents a business opportunity. New Hampshire’s insurance commissioner sent a cease-and-desist letter last week to an Arizona […]

Insurance Providers Assist Californians With Gaining Access To Affordable Health Care

Amber Lidskin, an insurance agent who work for Kuhtz Diehl Insurance and Financial Services, has been holding mini-seminars around Sacramento to educate people about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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SACRAMENTO — One of the most regrettable things insurance agent Amber Lidskin has had to do will soon become a thing of the past and she’s happy about it. When Ms. Lidskin — an agent for Kuhtz Diel Insurance and Financial Services — would sit down with potential clients to discuss health care insurance packages, […]

Poll: Many Calif. Voters in Dark on ‘Obamacare’

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LOS ANGELES — A new Field Poll says many Californians are only vaguely familiar with details of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, even though enrollment starts in October. The survey released Tuesday finds that about one in four state voters knows little or nothing about the Affordable Care Act. Another 60 percent say they […]

Study: Health Law to Significantly Raise Claims Costs

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WASHINGTON – A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. What does that mean for you? It could increase premiums for at least some Americans. If you are uninsured, or you buy your policy directly […]

New Lingo For Consumers: Health Overhaul Glossary

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law has spawned its own jargon. With the law finally about to take full effect, consumers might want to get familiar with some of the terms: Affordable Care Act – The most common formal name for the health care law. Its full title is the Patient Protection […]

Free Book: Affordable Health Insurance For Dummies

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NATIONWIDE – A new book, Individual Health Insurance For Dummies, produced by eHealthInsurance in cooperation with For Dummies®, has been released to help individuals and families to better understand how to obtain affordable health insurance. The book is available for free in print or ebook formats. Consumers may request their copy online by visiting www.AffordableHealthInsurance.org […]