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Oct 6, 2016

Government to pick plans for displaced health law customers

WASHINGTON  — Worried that insurers bailing out of the health law’s markets may prompt their customers to drop out, too, the Obama administration plans to steer affected policyholders to remaining insurance companies. But those consumers could get an unwelcome surprise if their new government-recommended plan isn’t what they’re used to. The backstop was outlined in […]

Sep 14, 2016

Small businesses wait for verdict on 2017 health care costs

NEW YORK — Autumn is an anxious time for many small and medium-sized business owners as they wait to learn whether their health insurance costs will go up for 2017 — and if so, by how much? “There’s always a lump in your throat because you don’t know what you’re going to get,” says Darren […]

Aug 4, 2015

Tax filing problems could jeopardize health aid for 1.8M

WASHINGTON — About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law now have issues with their tax returns that could jeopardize their subsidies next year. Administration officials say those taxpayers will have to act quickly. “There’s still time, but people need to take action soon,” said Lori Lodes, […]

Feb 24, 2015

Survey: Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

WASHINGTON — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama’s health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the share of adults without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as […]

Mar 31, 2014

More than 812K in sign up for health insurance

BUFFALO (AP) — New York state health officials said more than 812,000 people have enrolled for health insurance statewide under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Monday marked the deadline for open enrollment through the state’s health plan marketplace, called NY State of Health. Residents can choose from plans from 16 insurers and 10 dental […]

Jan 2, 2014

Justice delays health law’s birth control mandate

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama’s new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor late Tuesday night decided to block implementation of the contraceptive coverage requirement, only hours before the law’s insurance c[...]

Oct 15, 2012

Insurance assistance for Kodak retirees

Eastman Kodak Co. retirees who are 65 and older and facing the possible loss of their company-provided health insurance can attend a free and exclusive Medicare plans seminar to learn more about their coverage options. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is offering two dozen free Medicare plan seminars for retirees in locations such as Rochester, Gates, Canandaigua, […]

Jan 20, 2012

Insurers agree to update provider directories

ALBANY — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has reached settlements with eight health insurance companies that require them to ensure the accuracy of provider directories on their websites. The attorney general’s office says the companies will remove names of doctors and other providers who no longer participate and correct listing errors […]

Jan 20, 2012

State Senate bloc pushes for small business laws

ALBANY — While New York devotes much of its effort and billions of dollars in tax breaks to attract global corporations, an influential bloc of state senators is targeting small business. The Independent Democratic Conference is proposing bills to help small business cut health insurance costs that can be 50 percent higher than in other […]

Nov 2, 2011

State expanding care for autism treatment

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a law that will require health insurance providers to offer coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Under the new law, health insurance companies will be required to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders, though coverage may be subject to deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance […]

Jun 29, 2011

US appeals court upholds health care law

CINCINNATI — In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati affirmed Wednesday that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage.

Feb 2, 2011

Court strikes blow against healthcare law

Congress exceeded its powers under the Commerce Clause by requiring individuals to purchase insurance under the new healthcare reform law, a U.S. District Court in Florida has ruled in granting summary judgment.

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