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Insurers Report That More Small Businesses Are Offering Health Benefits

December 30th, 2010 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
The Los Angeles Times reports: "Major insurers around the country are reporting that a growing number of small businesses are signing up to give their workers health benefits. ... An important selling point has been a tax credit that the nation's new healthcare law provides to companies with fewer than 25 employees and moderate-to-low pay scales to help offset the cost of providing benefits."

Calif. Insurers Opt To Resume Kids’ Policies; Meanwhile, Other Plans Cut Mental Health Benefits In Response To Health Law

December 23rd, 2010 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
Some California insurers have decided to resume offering children's individual health insurance policies — a step that reverses decisions made last fall to exit this market. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that, as a result of requirements in the new health law, some health plans are opting to cut mental health benefits.

First Edition: December 23, 2010

December 23rd, 2010 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including stories that look back and examine the role of the health overhaul in creating the 2010 political climate, as well as reports that look forward to what changes are in store for 2011.

New Regs: Health Insurers Will Be Required To Justify Large Rate Increases

December 22nd, 2010 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
Proposed regulations were issued yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services that would require health insurers to justify proposed double-digit premium increases.

First Edition: December 22, 2010

December 22nd, 2010 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including a number of reports regarding a new proposed rule by the Department of Health and Human Services that will require insurers to justify large premium hikes.