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Vision Insurance Leads Voluntary Sales Growth

April 24th, 2015

Vision insurance sales increased 24% last year over 2013, leading workplace voluntary sales growth, a new LIMRA survey shows. LIMRA’s U.S. Workplace Sales survey also found that overall voluntary benefits sales increased 5%, which marks the fourth straight year of growth. Critical illness sales came in second after Vision, growing by 19%, followed by accident [...]

Enrollment Nearly Doubles During Second Half of Extension

Open enrollment ends on Feb. 15, meaning it's time to start thinking about a post-enrollment strategy.
April 22nd, 2015

More than 68,000 people have enrolled in health coverage during the PPACA’s extended enrollment period so far, federal officials announced on Monday. That’s nearly double the number of people who bought coverage at the beginning of April. Although the second open enrollment period officially ended on February 15, the administration offered an extension to anyone [...]

John Hancock Lowers Rates in Exchange for Data

April 21st, 2015

The life insurance giant John Hancock has partnered with wellness company The Vitality Group to offer policyholders a new way to lower their rates. By tracking data from wearable devices like Fitbit, the company claims they can offer more accurate pricing on universal and term life insurance policies. “We’ve been trying as an industry I’d [...]

NY Health Insurer Oscar Raises $145M, Valued at $1.5B

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April 20th, 2015

Oscar, the New York-based online health insurer, is scaling up with a $145 million round of funding led by Peter Thiel and Brian Singerman at Founders Fund, Tech Crunch reports. Although the company couldn’t comment on valuation, Tech Crunch estimates the Oscar’s worth at $1.5 billion. With roughly 40,000 members and an average premium of [...]

10 States with the Highest Auto Insurance Premiums

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April 16th, 2015

Ever wonder how your state stacks up when it comes to auto insurance premiums? Now you can find out. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently released its 2011/2012 Auto Insurance Database Report, which includes calculations for the average auto premiums in all 50 states and the District Columbia. The national average auto insurance [...]

Uninsured Can Still Avoid Tax Penalties in 2015

April 16th, 2015

If you’re like many Americans, you may have been in for a big surprise when you filed your taxes. But don’t worry, if you were hit with the tax penalty, you still have time to buy health insurance for 2015. Now, the federal and some state exchanges are open until April 30 for taxpayers who [...]

HHS Rejects Special Enrollment Period for Pregnant Women

April 15th, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services has shot down the Democrats’ petition to add pregnancy as a qualifying life event for a special enrollment period. Spearheaded by U.S. Senator Patty Murphy (D-Wash.), the campaign to offer pregnant women a special enrollment period was backed by 36 other Democrats. But HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, in [...]

Uninsured Rate Drops to 11.9%, Gallup Poll Finds

The Department of Health and Human Services announces $60 million will go toward supplying the exchanges with navigators to help people get approved for health coverage.
April 13th, 2015

The uninsured rate among adults fell to 11.9% for the first quarter of 2015, a new Gallup poll shows. That’s down one percentage point from last year and 5.2 points since the end of 2013, and is the lowest uninsured rate since Gallup and Healthways started tracking it in 2008. Decline Sharpest Among Lower Income [...]

California Proposes Immigrant Health Insurance Bill

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April 10th, 2015

The California state Senate has introduced a new bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive Medicaid and enroll in its health care exchange. If passed, the bill would not only extend coverage to more than 1 million people, but would make the state the first in the nation to offer these options to the [...]

Uber Fights Insurance Demands Despite Driver Ignorance

April 9th, 2015

While Uber threatens to leave certain states due to complex insurance requirements, a new study show that the vast majority of company drivers are unaware of gaps in their policy. This week, Kansas made the list of states on Uber’s bad side thanks to a new bill that could increase its insurance requirements. If the [...]