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Report: Workers Spending More for Health Insurance

Employees contributed an average of $1,415 toward premiums for single coverage and $5,218 for family coverage in 2017, according to a report released recently by the Commonwealth Fund. The employee premium contributions were 6.8 percent higher for single health coverage and 5.3 percent higher for

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High-Deductible Health Plans

What You Need to Know Purchasing health insurance on your own or choosing the right plan from your employer can be complicated. Regardless of whether you are young or a “senior,” married or single, have a family of five exuberant kids or three

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ACA Open Enrollment Now Underway

Open enrollment runs Nov. 1- Dec. 15 for the federal health insurance exchange (, where individual plans are offered under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2019. There were 524,000 North Carolinians enrolled for 2018 through the exchange, the fourth highest in the country.

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CMS issues final list of Essential Community Providers for plan year 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published a final list of Essential Community Providers for plan year 2019, available on the CMS website under “Application Resources.” Health insurers use the annual list to identify providers meeting ECP requirements for Qualified Health Plans participating

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CMS announces state grants to implement insurance market reforms

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced funding for states to plan and implement certain health insurance market reforms under the Affordable Care Act. The agency’s Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight expects to award a total of about $8.1 million in

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Administration issues proposed rule on association health plans

The US Department of Labor has released a proposed rule that would allow employers, including sole proprietors, to form association health plans based on geography or industry. DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration would monitor the plans, which could not charge individuals higher premiums

Read more enrollment closer to 8.7 million; 519,803 in NC

More than 8.7 million people selected a 2018 health plan (519,803 in North Carolina), or were automatically re-enrolled in a plan, during open enrollment at, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported last week. The report updates the agency’s previous estimate,

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