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new healthcare reform lawThe new healthcare law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), represents comprehensive healthcare reform legislation signed into law on March 23, 2010. It contains numerous provisions designed to protect consumers and promote low cost medical insurance, including many new taxes to pay for the cost.

In this section of the site, you can also obtain the following information specific to your state: available medical insurance options, efforts to regulate medical insurance premiums, healthcare, the individual medical insurance marketplace and the new healthcare law.

Our objective is to help Americans make sense of the new healthcare law by explaining key provisions in plain English and assisting individuals, families and the self-employed in using this information to find and secure affordable medical insurance.

California second behind Pennsylvania in Pre Existing Conditions Insurance Plan enrollment

The California Pre Existing Conditions Insurance Plan is now second behind Pennsylvania with the highest number of enrollees in the new government Pre Existing Conditions Insurance Plan. To-date, the golden state has enrolled more than 6,000 residents. The new healthcare law requires states to offer health insurance for pre existing conditions to eligible residents. Under the Pre Existing Insurance Plan, an uninsured resident of a state who is a citizen or legal resident of the United States that has a pre [...]

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How competitive is your state’s individual medical insurance marketplace?

A new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals the results of an in depth study into the competitiveness of each state’s individual health insurance marketplace. The results will likely surprise you. This report is important because a “competitive” market is considered healthy and robust with no one insurer dominating the market place. Generally speaking, a more competitive market translates to more affordable medical insurance. The greater a health insurance company’s market share, for example, the more leverage it has to [...]

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Top 10 Private Health Plans

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently published the results of their annual survey, called “NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings.” It evaluated 390 health plans in three categories: 1) Medicare, 2) Medicaid and 3) Private (commercial) Health Insurance Plans. While the rankings are predominantly focused on quality, consumers must still do their own homework to determine if a particular health plan provides affordable medical insurance. For individuals seeking enrollment in a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), this report is useful [...]

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New law to promote affordable medical insurance- Will it work?

Health insurance companies are now required to post explanations of premium increases of 10% or more and submit them for review to state and federal regulators. This mandate is required by the new healthcare law. By requiring health insurance companies to justify premium increases, there is greater price transparency and increased public pressure to keep rates lower in order to avoid bad press. The new law still has a loophole though. Even if government officials consider the premium increase unjustified, the [...]

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Medical Insurance Options – Pennsylvania

Having adequate, affordable medical insurance is essential because it helps ensure access to quality healthcare and helps pay for the high cost of medical services, supplies, surgery and hospitalization. You and your dependents may be eligible for one or more of the following alternatives in Pennsylvania: Medical insurance for young adults less than age 26 – Pennsylvania Under the new healthcare law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), effective September 2010, young adults covered their parent’s medical insurance [...]

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Regulation of Medical Insurance Premiums – Pennsylvania

The oversight of individual, self-employed and small employer medical insurance happens at the state level. Since every state has its own unique set of regulations aimed at maintaining low cost medical insurance, the laws governing health insurance contracts vary dramatically. Some states have the authority to disapprove a health insurance company’s premium increase, while others simply review rates but do not have the authority to reject an increase. The laws also differ based on the type of medical insurance policy offered [...]

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Pennsylvania State Health Ranking

Pennsylvania ranked 27nd in the nation for health status in 2010. Health is a result of our behaviors, our individual genetic predisposition to disease, the environment and the community in which we live, the clinical care we receive and the policies and practices of our health care and prevention systems. Each of us, individually, as a community, and as a society, strives to optimize these health determinants, so that all of us can have a long, disease-free and robust life [...]

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