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Aug 24, 2011

Survey: Employers consider ending health coverage

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly one of every 10 midsized or big employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers once federal insurance exchanges start in 2014, according to a new survey from a large benefits consultant. Towers Watson also found in a survey completed last month that an additional 20 percent of the companies are […]

Aug 14, 2011

Marianne D. Fishler: Life insurance isn’t for you, it’s for survivors

The questions around life insurance — Do I need it? How much? What kind (term, universal, whole life, variable, fixed)? — keep many people awake at night. And once purchased, how do you know you made the right decision? You were probably advised to make the purchase by a person who sells insurance, right? And […]

Aug 12, 2011

Appeals court strikes health insurance requirement

ATLANTA — A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties. The divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the so-called individual mandate, which is considered the centerpiece of […]

Aug 12, 2011

Maryland gets $27M federal grant for health exchange

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland has received a $27 million federal grant to fund the state’s health benefit exchange. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday. The exchange will be an online marketplace where Marylanders can compare rates, benefits and quality among health insurance plans to […]

Aug 1, 2011

Insurers must cover birth control with no copays

WASHINGTON — Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores. The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women’s preventive care under President Barack Obama’s health […]

May 31, 2011

Government cuts rates for hard-to-insure patients

WASHINGTON — The federal government is cutting premiums by up to 40 percent in nearly two dozen states and implementing other changes to make it easier for people with pre-existing medical conditions to get health insurance. The move Tuesday comes as enrollment in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan continues to badly lag expectations, often because […]

May 23, 2011

Panel seeks input in federal health-care challenge

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court is seeking more information from the state, Liberty University and the federal government before it can rule on two Virginia-based lawsuits challenging the federal health care overhaul. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals directed the parties to submit briefs by May 31 regarding […]

May 23, 2011

Former CareFirst CEO William Jews will receive entire $18M severance

Former CareFirst Inc. CEO William L. Jews will receive his entire $18 million severance package after the state’s highest court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from the Maryland Insurance Administration. The Court of Appeals’ decision ends a legal battle that began nearly three years ago when Ralph S. Tyler, then the state’s insurance […]

May 18, 2011

Govt urges appeals court to uphold health care law

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday that health care reforms should be upheld in the courts because the costs of the uninsured are a burden on interstate commerce. In arguments filed in a federal appeals court in Atlanta, the government said the new law provided a comprehensive solution to the problem by requiring most […]

May 17, 2011

Plan would cut $25M from Montgomery county schools

ROCKVILLE — The president of the Montgomery County Council says all nine members have signed off on cuts to employee benefits and to public schools. Under the plan, the council would cut $25 million from the $1.4 billion it contributed to the public school systems this year. The plan would also give the council more […]

Apr 11, 2011

Budget deal cuts don’t diminish health care CO-OP leader’s plans

News that a third of the money proposed to help create health care cooperatives was cut as part of the effort to prevent a federal government shutdown has not diminished the hopes of those looking to create the first such organization in Maryland. Included in the spending cuts agreed to Friday night was a $2.2 […]

Apr 10, 2011

Health insurance game-changer?

The founders of the Evergreen Project believe they have a revolutionary idea that can bring low-cost, high-quality health insurance to Maryland’s uninsured and under-insured. Now they just need to find a way to make it a viable business. Named for the Baltimore coffee shop where the idea was hatched, the Evergreen Project would be a […]

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