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N.Y. Extends Health Insurance Enrollment Period for Domestic Violence Victims

New York is requiring health insurers providing individual coverage through the state health exchange to allow victims of domestic violence or abandonment to enroll at any time. The Department of Financial Services says those enrollments should be available starting Friday …

Delaware Prohibits Limiting Transgender Health Care Coverage

Insurance companies in Delaware will be prohibited from limiting health care coverage for transgender individuals. The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, reports that Delaware has become the 15th state in the country to prohibit private insurers from denying, canceling, terminating …

New Hampshire, Maine Monitoring Struggling Health Insurance Co-Op

New Hampshire insurance regulators are working with their counterparts in Maine to monitor a financially struggling health insurance cooperative that serves both states. Community Health Options, based in Lewiston, Maine, was the only cooperative in the country to make money …

Massachusetts Regulators Examine Zenefits

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance said this month that it has opened an investigation into Zenefits, a human resources software startup. Founded in 2013, the San Francisco-based Zenefits offers software to small- and mid-sized businesses to help automate their HR …

Maine’s Nonprofit Health Insurer Sets Aside $43M to Cover Potential Losses

The lone health insurance cooperative to make money in 2014 on the Affordable Care Act’s public insurance exchanges saw big losses in 2015 and is now setting aside $43 million to cover possible big losses this year. Officials with the …

Federal Audit Finds More Vermont Health Connect Startup Woes

A new federal audit of the first six months of operations of Vermont Health Connect details how the system failed to meet several federal requirements designed to ensure that people who sought health insurance through the system were qualified to …

By a Big Margin, Oklahoma House Passes Insurance Mandate for Autism Coverage

Legislation that would require health insurers to cover autism treatment for children has been overwhelmingly approved by the Oklahoma House. By a vote of 76-20, House members passed House Bill 2962 following an emotional debate between the parents of autistic children …

Oklahoma National Guard Airman with Cancer Expects to Lose Insurance

In early 2014, as his Oklahoma Air National Guard unit ramped up for a Middle East deployment, Senior Airman Jesse Daniels noticed he wasn’t feeling well. He got tired after just a few minutes on his feet. He couldn’t walk …

Surprise Fees Often Follow Medical Emergencies

Recovering from a medical procedure is always a challenge, but getting hit with unexpected insurance fees can add financial hardship to the process. As health insurance plans become increasingly complicated, more patients are facing unexpected fees when they step outside …

Self-Employed Who Are Ineligible for ACA Subsidies Worry About Costs

George Banyas is self-employed, having run a successful optometry business in Richland, Pennsylvania, for the past 15 years. He and his wife have two children, both in their early 20s and attending college. While his business has afforded his family …