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Covid19 and health insurance: 3 major myths busted

The chaos around buying a health insurance cover against the corona virus illness has settled after the insurance regulator came out with a specific protection policy for covid 19. However, there are still a few doubts on buying of renewing the existing health insurance policy by people who are either at present under the attack of the virus or those who got the virus and have recovered now. We spoke to the two eminent players in the insurance industry to get the answers for the three most commonly asked questions on buying health insurance, impact on premium rates, change in policy term at the time of renewing the policy by those who were covid positive earlier.

Rakesh Jain, Executive Director and CEO, Reliance General Insurance and V Suryanarayanan, Managing Director of Chola MS General Insurance answered the questions to bust the myths. Here is what they said:

Myth 1: Buying

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Health & Motor Insurance: From applying to receiving policy document, process to go entirely online

 buying health insurance, motor insurance policies, Electronic Policies, policy document, free-look, irdai,Since all the documents are transacted online and maintained, it also improves transparency between the insurer and insured.

Buying of health insurance and motor insurance policies is going to be entirely online. From filling up the application form to receiving the policy documents, the process will become entirely digital in the time to come. The IRDAI has issued a circular to all General and Health Insurers, for the issuance of Electronic Policies and dispensing with physical documents and wet signature on the proposal form in respect of health insurance policies.

As per the circular, the IRDAI states that in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, the Authority had received representations from the insurance companies for an exemption to all individual and retail health insurance policies issued by general and health insurance companies from the requirement to issue physical policy document and hard copy of proposal form.

Consequently, the IRDAI has granted

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My Year Without Health Insurance

Walking into a cancer center in search of a diagnosis can be frightening, but it gets a little less so each time I do it. I know where the good parking spots are, what departments have snacks, and which doctors tell you the whole truth. I’m highly accomplished at cancer. But last summer, for the first time ever, I walked into my cancer center without an essential tool: health insurance.

Unlike so many people in the United States, my husband and I had a choice after we joined the 26.1 million Americans who had no health insurance in 2019. I say “choice,” though all our options were bad.

We are middle-income, with an adjusted gross that fluctuates between $80,000 and $120,000. But because we are self-employed, that income gets chiseled away aggressively by health insurance. Until May 2019, the two of us were paying $25,000 a year for a “gold”

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Shopping for health insurance? That plan you’re buying might fall short

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Open enrollment for health insurance is around the corner. That means if you’re shopping on your own for medical coverage, be on guard.

New research from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that some insurance agents engaged in potentially deceptive sales practices when marketing health care coverage.

From November 2019 through January 2020, representatives from the Congressional watchdog posed as customers shopping for insurance. The GAO’s representatives said they had pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, and said they sought coverage for those illnesses.

Of the 31 interactions the representatives had with insurance agents, there were eight cases in which the insurance professionals engaged in “potentially deceptive marketing practices” – including claiming the pre-existing condition was covered when the health plan documents indicated otherwise.

In one case, a sales representative told the GAO multiple times that the plan would cover diabetes

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The 7 Best Health Insurance for Unemployed of 2020

How Do I Get Health Insurance if I Lose My Job?

There are many ways to get health insurance if you lose your job. The first is COBRA, which allows you to keep your same insurance plan but can be expensive. Becoming unemployed also qualifies you for a special enrollment period, which means you can purchase any new insurance policy for up to 60 days after you lose your job. In some states, short-term health coverage is an affordable option that can keep you insured for up to a year while you look for new work.


What Is COBRA Insurance and Is It Worth It?

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, commonly known as COBRA, is a federally mandated program through which you can retain your employer’s policy for up to 18 months. If you do elect COBRA coverage, be prepared to pay significantly higher monthly premiums; you’ll be required

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‘Busy’ enrollment period projected for service helping people on health insurance exchange

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For a fifth year, those with West Virginia Navigator are preparing to offer help to West Virginians enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for health insurance plans on the marketplace, created in the Affordable Care Act, starting later this fall.

The enrollment period for the coverage year that begins Jan. 1, 2021 for people who don’t have other health insurance options like employer, Medicare, Medicaid or Veterans Affairs plans opens Nov. 1 and continues through Dec. 15 via healthcare.gov.

Typically, Jeremy Smith, program director for West Virginia Navigator, said navigators assist some of the same people seeking coverage on the marketplace exchange each year.

2020 will likely change that.

“With COVID-19 hitting over the past year, we know that thousands of people in West Virginia have lost their employer-based insurance,” Smith said.

“We know that there’s this whole new group of people that need health insurance

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Riverside seeks to vacate arbitrator’s health insurance ruling | Education

The Riverside School District could be forced to pay certain uncovered medical expenses for teachers if a judge affirms an arbitrator’s ruling that held it responsible for rate changes that occurred after two insurance companies merged.

The potentially precedent-setting case centers on a dispute over whether the merger of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield equates to a change in carriers that resulted in a decrease in benefits for union members, which would violate the most recent contract.

The dispute arose in 2017, after a retired teacher complained her out-of-pocket expense for mental health treatment increased because the amount Highmark paid the physician — known as the “allowable rate” — was less than what Blue Cross of NEPA had paid. The contract calls for employees to pay 20% of that fee, which resulted in her cost increasing from $51.80 to $100.48 per visit.

While the

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Why Should Indians Buy A Health Insurance Policy Amid Coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic has rattled the world’s heath industry and India is no exception. With only 14% to 16% of Indians having health insurance and the Indian federal government spending on health at roughly 1.13% of the GDP as of 2019, the case for opting for health insurance as a must-have financial service is impregnable.

A population of 1.38 billion people requires tailor-made efforts to fill significant gaps that exist in the healthcare facilities available to Indian citizens. 

The Government’s National Health Protection Mission, called Ayushman Bharat Prime Minister’s Jan Arogya Yojana, is aimed at providing insurance to the underserved.

Another popular project of the government is the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana for insurance to the workers in the unorganized sector which too attempts to cover the twin challenges of affordability and accessibility.

While the two government programmes are works in progress, the citizens out of the purview of

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Employees who overpay for health insurance tend to under-save for retirement: TIAA

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Employers have an opportunity to help employees avoid making common mistakes in health insurance and retirement savings choices, thereby improving employee well-being and maximizing their long-term financial stability, according to a new study by TIAA Institute.

The TIAA analysis correlated two studies — one on mistakes employees make when choosing health insurance plans and another on retirement savings mistakes — to see if employees who make mistakes in one domain also make mistakes in the other.

Understanding correlations in mistakes across domains can help employers create targeted interventions during open enrollment and educate employees about shifting spending in one area to a better option in another area to their benefit, the study said.

Employee health plan decision-making

The study of a large university’s administrative data over four years found a large majority of those studied selected one of the two more expensive health insurance plans offered, even when

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Guide to Small Business Health Insurance

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  • Small business owners should focus on coverage, the number of employees, employee premiums and shopping when looking for an insurance provider.
  • Offering health insurance to employees can help to attract and retain top talent and provide tax benefits for your business.
  • There are several ways to find insurance, including contacting providers directly and using a broker.
  • This article is for small business owners who want to learn more about small business health insurance and how to get it for their own business.

Navigating small business health insurance can be one of the hardest parts of running your small business, as there are many options and rules to figure out, and if your small business doesn’t have a full human resources department, you’re left to work it out on your own. Use this guide to help you learn about how small business health insurance

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