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Final Regulations To Stabilize Individual Health Insurance Market Issued

Final Regulations To Stabilize Individual Health Market Issued

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations to help stabilize the individual and small group markets on April 13, 2017, These final regulations take effect June 19, 2017, and do not significantly differ from the proposed regulations issued February 16, 2017. They will not directly impact large group health plans. They are intended to help stabilize the Health Insurance marketplace, and provide more flexibility for states and insurers, as well as to give individual health plan consumers more coverage options. These rules will include the following policy changes:... Read More

Change in Leadership May Signal Changes for Obamacare

Change in Leadership May Signal Changes for Obamacare

With new leadership on the horizon for our country, one thing we can be certain of is change. One of the most talked about and contested changes has been the possibility of changes for Obamacare, more formally known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Donald Trump has announced many times that he plans to repeal Obamacare and “replace it with something better.” Just last week Senate Republicans introduced a budget resolution that would allow it to be repealed with a simple Senate majority. There is increasing pressure to vote quickly... Read More

How to Choose the Right Individual Health Insurance

How to Choose the Right Individual Health Insurance

It’s time to buy your health insurance for 2017. Open enrollment for individual health insurance began November 1st and will continue through January 31, 2017. If you are new to purchasing individual health insurance, this is the time of year you must choose a plan for 2017. If you don’t choose a plan now, you will not be able to get individual health insurance again until 2018, unless you have a major “qualifying” event happen in your life, such as getting married or divorced, having a child, making an interstate... Read More

What Every Employee Must Know About Their Group Open Enrollment

What Every Employee Must Know About Their Group Open Enrollment

For the thousands of employees who receive their health insurance through their employers, it’s open enrollment time for health insurance and other benefits. These benefits are very important for employees and their families and it’s essential to have the necessary information to make the right decision regarding next year’s health coverage, as well as other benefits an employer offers. This coverage usually begins about a month or two after open enrollment and is in effect for a full year. Very often coverage will begin January 1 through December 31, though... Read More

Protect Your Right to Choose Your Healthcare–Vote No On Amendment 69

Vote No on Colorado Amendment 69

Election time is just around the corner, and this election is critical not only to our country’s future, but to Colorado’s future as well. We’re not talking about just the presidential election, but there is a proposed constitutional amendment that Coloradoans must vote on this year that could impact our state forever. This is Amendment 69, also known as ColoradoCare. It proposes that we allow the state of Colorado to take over our healthcare and make it a government entity. If Amendment 69 passes Colorado’s state budget will increase by... Read More

2017 A Big Year for Individual Health Insurance Increases

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Are you still  experiencing sticker shock from your 2016 individual health insurance premiums? Well, hold on to your hats because Individual health insurance premiums will be increasing significantly for Colorado residents in 2017. The average increase for Colorado residents who buy their own health insurance will be about 20% for next year. Not only that, but in some areas, residents may have only one carrier to choose from. Two large carriers will not be offering individual plans at all for 2017. These are the largest increases since the ACA launched... Read More

How to Know Whether to Go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room

How to Know Whether to Go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room

When you or a family member are sick or injured, deciding where to get care is the last thing you want to have to figure out. Understanding your options now will make decisions easier when you need immediate care. If you are ill or injured, your primary doctor is your best starting point. They have quick access to your health history and any underlying medical conditions. This makes them the best choice to make informed decisions about your care. Even outside of normal office hours, a phone call to your doctor’s office... Read More

How Do You Know if that Healthcare Website is safe?

How Do You Know if that Healthcare Website is safe

Who among us hasn’t used the internet to do some health or nutrition research? There are endless options for finding health information on the web. But how do you determine whether the site you’re looking at is reliable—or that the advice they offer is safe? The Internet offers endless useful information and entertainment. However, it also offers misinformation, biased accounts and information that is simply untrue.  In order to protect yourself when looking for health information, you need to evaluate each website before relying on it.   Determining the Reliability... Read More

5 Ways to Keep Healthy Employees Healthy

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Most wellness efforts stress the importance of helping your employees get into shape, eat right, exercise and stop smoking. But it’s equally important to support and encourage employees who already lead a healthy lifestyle.   You can take several steps to implement policies and promote behaviors that encourage and support already-healthy employees. Establish a Smoke-Free Workplace Establish a smoke-free environment in and around your company’s facility in order to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. Offer employees who do smoke assistance in quitting. Promote Physical Activity Promote the use of nearby... Read More

Do You Know Your Preventive Health Care Benefits?

regular wellness visits a part of a wise preventive health care plan

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7 out of 10 Americans die each year from chronic diseases, many of which are preventable. When preventive care is used and illnesses and diseases are caught early enough, individuals can avoid or better control their health problems.   What Is Preventive Health Care? Preventive care is a type of health care whose purpose is to shift the focus of health care from treating sickness to maintaining wellness and good health. Preventive care occurs before you feel sick or... Read More