Health Inc. Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals Listen · 3:52 3:52 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/570503475/570723663" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image The homepage of the Affordable Care Act exchange on Nov. 1, 2017 in Miami. The open enrollment period to sign up for a health plan on HealthCare.gov runs through Dec. 15; several states with their own health care exchanges have later deadlines. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images The homepage of the Affordable Care Act exchange on Nov. 1, 2017 in Miami. The open enrollment period to sign up for a health plan on HealthCare.gov runs through Dec. 15; several states with their own health care exchanges … [Read more...] about Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals
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Post Update: Thanks to some helpful staff of the Minnesota State Legislature, I am happy to report I now have my MNsure health care policy in place and retroactive to the beginning of 2014. I do not like to use my blog and social media platform for this purpose, but I felt I was out of options. This saga took close to five months to resolve. While I am relieved, I will not forget all I had to go through to make this simple transaction a reality. As a self-employed, small business owner, I had high hopes for the Affordable Care Act. I was giddy at the thought of lowering my premium costs, which now total $6,000 a year for an individual policy with a very high deductible. Obamacare, as it is usually called, was passed in spring 2010, but didn't go into effect until this year. I couldn't wait to sign up. If only it were that easy. We all know the story: Obamacare launched and the federal website was an immediate disaster. A few states fared better than the national … [Read more...] about MNsure Made Me Cry. My Five-Month Quest for Health Insurance
Having kids can be really expensive. My son eats like he is already a teenager and seems to grow into the next-size clothing every few months. Our babysitter charges $20 an hour. Diapers and wipes cost a lot of money. Don’t even get me started on diaper cream. Is it made of liquid gold? Once he outgrew his infant gear, it was time to buy a crib, larger car seat and stroller. It seems like every other day I’m ordering stuff from Amazon Prime. For a baby born in 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the total cost of raising a child from infancy to age 17 for a middle-income family is $233,610. This does not include the price of college. Gulp! Food, clothing, housing, transportation and baby basics are just part of the equation. Since he was born, Killian has also needed several wellness visits with his pediatrician for routine screenings and immunizations. He has also had a number of doctor’s appointments to diagnosis and combat the germs that he is fond of … [Read more...] about The importance of health insurance for children
What happenedIn response to the company posting expectation-topping fourth-quarter results, shares of Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ: HIIQ), a provider of short-term health insurance plans, rose as much as 17% in early-morning trading on Thursday. Shares have since pulled back but were still up about 10% as of 10:25 a.m. EST.So whatHere's a review of the headline numbers from the quarter:Revenue grew 35% to $69.5 million. That result far exceeded the $59.2 million in quarterly revenue that Wall Street was looking for.Net income grew 257% to $5.0 million.Non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) grew 6% to $0.37. That was better than the $0.34 that analysts were expecting.Turning to guidance, management predicts that revenue in 2018 will land between $290 million and $300 million, while earnings will come in between $2.45 to $2.55 per share. The midpoint of this guidance is far better than the $274 million in revenue and $1.92 in earnings that Wall Street was projecting.Image Source: … [Read more...] about Here’s Why Health Insurance Innovations Is Soaring Today
For Britons travelling on the continent, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – which affords travellers state provided necessary medical treatment in the host country – has long been a default item to take on holiday. They cover temporary stays in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, plus Switzerland, and over 27 million people have one, according to the Department of Health. Patients are effectively treated as a resident of the country in question, either at a reduced cost or for free by the state healthcare system, with the home nation picking up the tab. However, the future of this benefit has been thrown into doubt by the vote to leave the European Union. Nothing will happen to the EHIC when Article 50 is triggered, as it merely starts the process of leaving the European Union. One of the major factors in deciding whether the EHIC will remain available to British citizens is whether there … [Read more...] about What will happen to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) after Brexit?