Hoodsport, WA

Enrollment Up in Washington State

The Washington State health insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, announced yesterday that in the first week of open enrollment they’ve seen a 24 percent increase in site traffic and a more than 50 percent increase in new enrollees year over year. With federal advertising dollars cut and the enrollment period itself shortened, it’s great to see… Read More

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Who can apply for Medicare?

You may know that when you turn 65 you qualify for Medicare. But there are also other circumstances that may make you eligible for coverage. You may be able to apply for Medicare coverage if you have: received Social Security Disability benefits for 24 months, End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Each… Read More

sun bathers

6 Sun Safety Tips

Summer may be drawing to a close, but it doesn’t hurt to have a quick refresher on sun safety. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer at some point in their lifetime, so let’s take the steps now for ourselves and our children to stay as protected as possible (while still… Read More

brain health

Living a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle Works!

You can keep your brain as healthy and fit as your body by engaging in social activities, being more physically active, and challenging yourself mentally. There are ways to give your brain its own workout routine that involves real-world activities. Regular exercise like taking a brisk walk in the park, gardening or yoga can nourish… Read More

Senate Health Care Bill Revealed

On Thursday, the Senate revealed the 142-page Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) -– their answer to the House’s American Health Care Act. It provides the answers stakeholders have been waiting for. Certainly, not everyone will like the answers, but it does make clear what the Republican vision for the future of health care in the… Read More

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Health Insurance Considerations for Recent College Grads

Congratulations on your graduation! One important step in setting yourself up for ongoing future success is to decide how to ensure you have adequate health insurance coverage once you are out of school. You have options to consider: Are you 26 or younger? One of the features of the Affordable Care Act (also known as… Read More

US Capitol

The Month Ahead in Health Care Reform

With Memorial Day 2017 behind us, June is fast approaching. Here’s what to watch for in the coming month: Senate health care bill drafting – In the wake of the CBO report released in late May that predicts 23 million more uninsured people within a decade if the House plan as drafted were passed, the… Read More

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Removing a Barrier to Individual Coverage Enrollment

CMS announced last week that it would take a further step to help stabilize the market by eliminating the so-called “double redirect” process (click here for more on this from GetInsured last year:  Before Direct Enrollment Improves, QHP Sales Still Easier for 2017 | Array Health). What is the Double Redirect? The current process to… Read More

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Highlights from the Blue National Summit 2017

At this week’s Blue Cross Blue Shield National Summit, where Blues plans (along with their vendors/ partners) gather to learn from each other, the theme was “Navigating Change.” One of the keynote sessions featured former Governor and former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and former Senator Tom Daschle providing their perspectives on how to navigate proposed… Read More

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US Capitol

High-Risk Pools: The Past, Present, and Future

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurers can’t raise individual premiums based on factors such as health status, gender, or previous medical claims. But some of the more recent discussions by Congressional Republicans have centered around the possibility of allowing states to request waivers for this portion of the law. To get such a waiver,… Read More

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