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Affordable Health Insurance

Many families and individuals across the nation are in search of finding affordable health insurance. However, as the cost of the medical insurance keeps rising medical coverage is less affordable year by year. This section covers news and research about where the health insurance is affordable and what the government or private companies are doing with health care reform.

CMS Criticized For Lack Of Audits Of Private Medicare Advantage Plans

Democrats from the House Ways and Means Health and Oversight subcommittees on Tuesday during a joint hearing said that CMS officials must ensure that private Medicare Advantage plans provide promised benefits and that the agency should seek to recover over payments to the plans, CQ Health Beat reports.

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Insurers To Increase Reimbursement To Adirondacks Community Health Centers

Insurers CDPHP and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield agreed to raise reimbursement rates to health centers in the Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a not-for-profit system of community health centers that provides care for 60,000 residents in the Adirondacks region of upstate New York, the Albany Times Union reports.

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What Seniors Can Do If Medicare Denies Insurance Coverage Of Their Medicines

Medicare prescription drug coverage has given many seniors peace of mind that they will have access to the medicines they need. But occasionally, because of individual plan rules, the medicine that's prescribed by the doctor isn't always covered. Seniors who encounter this situation have options, but they need to know what they can do about it.

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Health Plans Expect Premium Increase Of 7.4%

Health plans are expecting premium rate increases in 2008 of 7.4%, 0.8 percentage points lower than last year's expectation of 8.2%. This is the fourth consecutive decline in the rate of premium growth.

Sherlock Company conducted this survey in September of 2007. The survey contained 76 responses, comprising 20.7% of health plans serving commercial members nationwide.

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Health Insurers Are Addressing Problems With Medicare Advantage Plans

Health insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage plans that were found by CMS audits to have violated Medicare marketing standards on Tuesday said that they were working to fix the problems and that they would provide better services to beneficiaries, the New York Times reports. The comments came as concerns were expressed by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair Pete Stark (D-Calif.) over marketing of MA plans and insurers' handling of claims and appeals.

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