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Insights Column 10.25.2011

“The company my husband worked for was closing”

This past August, my husband, Don, brought home bad news—the company he worked for was closing. We would have to rethink our plans for health care coverage. We had a similar conversation last year…

Insights Column 10.27.2011

Blue Shield refunds millions to customers

In a time when sky-high insurance premiums are the norm, Blue Shield customers have received some good news. The California-based nonprofit health insurer announced last Thursday that it will return $295 million to its…

Insights Column 11.03.2011

American households $1,571 better off thanks to reform

Many American families are struggling during this economic downturn. But even before the recession hit, families were having a hard time keeping up with increasing health care costs. Over the past two decades, premiums…

Insights Column 11.16.2011

Speak up at a listening session on health insurance coverage!

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is holding 10 regional listening sessions throughout the country about what benefits health plans should be required to cover as part of an “essential benefits…

Insights Column 11.18.2011

Celebrate National Caregivers Month

November is National Caregivers Month—a time to recognize and celebrate caregivers for their important role in our lives.  There are professional caregivers,  but there are also about 52 million unpaid caregivers—spouses, mothers, fathers, sons,…

Insights Column 11.22.2011

Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Rate Increases

This blog was written by Steve Larsen and originally appeared on healthcare.gov. The health care law gives us new tools to protect consumers who are looking for health insurance in the private market.  One of…

Insights Column 11.30.2011

The Struggles of Living without Health Insurance

Health insurance is simply out of reach for many Americans. While many jobs offer it, many don’t. Without an offer of coverage from their employer, workers have to navigate the individual market on their…