Month: August 2022

With new HQ opening in Harlem, insurance company MetroPlus Health ready to expand offerings to community

NEW YORK — Insurance company MetroPlus Health cut the ribbon on its new Harlem headquarters on Monday.

CBS2’s Jessi Mitchell got a first look at how the provider is expanding its offerings to the community.

The health plan “for New Yorkers, by New Yorkers” wants you to look at comprehensive coverage in a new light.

Dr. Glendon Henry has spent decades healing Harlem residents.

“We started here in 1985 at Metropolitan Hospital. We’ve been in Harlem forever. This will improve our footprint,” Henry said.

Beyond insurance, the new office will offer resources on preventive health care and nutrition, as well as help with immigration, legal and housing challenges.

“If you can’t move or don’t have someplace to live, health care is not what you first thought,” Henry said.

For years, the MetroPlus Health team set up a table inside a former tax office while roaming the neighborhood with its mobile

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Comedian Sandy Honig Shares Video Of Herself Confronting Health Insurance Company Over Coverage Denial While Vomiting In Their Parking Lot

“It was such a lovely surprise to get a visit from two men armed with guns and batons in my own home,” she says in the video. “It’s nice to know that even though you won’t give me the healthcare I need, you still care.”

A brief glimpse of the Jan. 19 police report Honig shared in the video contained the words “poss 5150” (a police term used to describe placing someone in an involuntary psychiatric hold) and “conducted a wellness check,” as well as the phone number for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The LAPD has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Anthem responded on Twitter by requesting an email from Honig so a representative could “look into this.” The company has not yet returned a request for comment from BuzzFeed News.

For a moment, it seemed like the public vomfest may have worked.

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Great health insurance news for people over 50

Maybe they’ll end up calling this Medicare Part E?

Americans aged 50 to 64 aren’t able to claim free, or nearly-free, health insurance courtesy of the US taxpayers. At least not yet.

But we may be edging in that direction.

The new $740 billion Inflation Reduction Actdue to be signed by President Biden this week, extends for another three years a raft of lucrative health insurance subsidies that are of particular benefit to those who are over 50 but still too young for Medicare (which kicks in at 65).

The subsidies, which were first enacted as supposedly temporary measures in the $1.9 trillion March, 2021 “American Rescue Plan Act,” will cost taxpayers an estimated $21 billion a year. Many of them are directed toward those earning between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level, in order to keep health insurance affordable. But in the form of premium tax

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Workouts For Women Over 60

Exercise And FitnessCuriously, the definition of physical fitness has developed from being targeted primarily on athletic performance to include the fashionable health-associated aspects. Flexibility workouts stretch your muscle tissue and will help your physique stay limber. Yoga and doing various stretches can make you more flexible. New Balance Rock & Tone trainers have just been released to the market and have enjoyed two months of high gross sales in the United States. It looks as if the natural transfer for an organization renowned for its running and strolling footwear to lastly offer an extra boost to toning The footwear help you get more of a exercise from everyday activities, and make strolling extra of a muscle firming and fat burning exercise. Hear, we get it. Many books you discover in the “health” class could be a little dry, even boring. They learn extra like textbooks than web page-turning thrillers. However some health …

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8 million Americans may soon get checks from health insurers: Here’s how much you could get

More than 8 million Americans could be in line for a rebate from their health insurance provider.

The rebates come from a regulation that requires insurance companies that sell group or individual policies to meet a “medical loss ratio” to spend at least 80% of premiums on healthcare costs or expenses related to patient health. Large group plans are required to spend 85% on healthcare costs. If those figures are not met, enrollees are eligible to be reimbursed the difference.

The ratio is calculated on a rolling-three-year average so this year’s rebate comes from 2019, 2020 and 2021 data.

An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed 8.2 million Americans will be issued a total of about $1 billion in rebates, ranging from $78 for large plan enrollees to $155 a person for small plan enrollees.

The amount of the rebates can vary widely according on location and insurer. This

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Colorado’s state employee health insurance plan aims for reform

If you are in Colorado and you need treatment for, say, cancer, there are dozens of hospitals and clinics that can provide it for you. But those places are not equal.

Some charge dramatically more than others — sometimes twice as much — for the same service. Some have significantly higher quality ratings, as scored by independent firms.

This variability helps explain a quietly significant change in the health insurance plan covering some state employees that took effect last month — a change that shows how the Polis administration is pushing forward with its health care reform policies in ways that don’t always draw headlines.

For years, Gov. Jared Polis has been touting the potential benefits of a health insurance model for employers called a purchasing alliance and championing legislation that gives such arrangements a boost. In a purchasing alliance, employers seek to gain greater control over how much they

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State approves health insurance premium rate hikes

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Many people will soon be dealing with big increases in their health insurance premiums.

The state approved rate hikes this week and in some cases people could see double digit increases.

University at Buffalo School of Management associate professor Charles Lindsey said these increases impact more than just healthcare.

“The National Bureau of Economic Research reported they’ve studied this and for every 10% increase in insurance premiums they find a 1.6% increase in the likelihood of someone being unemployed,” Lindsey said.

He said it also affects hours worked and that 2/3 of the increase comes out of an employee’s salary and 1/3 comes out of benefits.

Policy holders in Western New York are looking at a 12% increase for Highmark and more than 6% for Independent Health.

Lev Ginsburg from The Business Council said this is a result of inflation and even the pandemic.

“There are

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Vitamin Supplements

Healthy VitaminsIn recent instances many people have been turning to natural or organic stuff for personal care, hair included. What most people don’t actually understand is that our hair, skin and nails use the same vitamins for nourishment and well being.

Zinc is one such mineral that is an important ingredient for skin health status and calcium is another, which is an important ingredient for bone development and tonicity of muscle tissues. They should be included in a wholesome dog eating regimen. Eggs are a natural and healthy food product. Other than meat, eggs are a pure, economical and convenient meals source for protein. These nutrients include a mixture of proteins, consisting of essential amino acids, carbohydrates, fiber, fats, nutritional vitamins, minerals and many water. There are two different types of fat. Animal fat, which known as saturated fats and vegetable fat, which is known as polyunsaturated fat.

Remember to understand …

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Health Care Services Corp. To Buy Trustmark Health Benefits, Adding To Five-State Blue Cross Portfolio

Health Care Service Corporation, the parent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans in five states, is buying Trustmark Health Benefits, an administrator and designer of employer health benefits, for an undisclosed amount.

The agreement between Health Care Service and Trustco Holdings to buy its wholly owned subsidiary, Trustmark Health Benefits, comes during a period of renewed merger and acquisition activity among health insurers to expand their businesses. In particular, Trustmark Health Benefits, is a “third-party administrator” that will add to Health Care Service’s “capabilities to serve self-funded employers,” the companies said Thursday in announcing the deal.

“The acquisition will provide HCSC with additional capabilities to serve a broader set

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Oscar Health pauses insurer, provider of tech service deals

Oscar Health will not pursue additional full-service +Oscar agreements for the next 18 months after facing challenges implementing its deal with Health First Health Plans, CEO and co-founder Mario Schlosser said Thursday.

The insurtech had sought to secure up to two deals a year for its +Oscar information technology services, which aim to help other insurers and providers transition to risk-based payment models, manage medical spending and engage patients.

Oscar Health announced the Health First Health Plans partnership last year to provide the not-for-profit insurer’s Medicare Advantage and individual policyholders access to Oscar’s member engagement, provider and broker services. The technology deal was set to go live at the start of this year, but has run into “post-launch challenges due to the complexity of integrations at this scale,” Schlosser said during the second-quarter earnings call. He did not provide details.

“We’re in the middle of work supporting integration there, and

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