Maryland's two providers on the insurance exchange for individual plans in Maryland have proposed significant rate reductions. That's after lawmakers and Gov. Larry Hogan approved a reinsurance plan that also has received federal approval. It was aimed at rescuing the health insurance exchange that faced steep price increases.
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, Alan Leafman, center, president of Health Insurance Express, Inc., helps Raquel Bernal, right, and her husband John Bernal, both of Apache Junction, Ariz., navigate the nation's health care insurance system online at the Health Insurance Express store in Mesa, Ariz. Enough insurers are planning to sell coverage through the Affordable Care Act in 2018 to keep the market place working, if only barely, in most parts of the country. However competition in many markets has dwindled to one insurer, or none in some cases, and another round of steep price hikes is expected to squeeze consumers who don't receive big income-based tax credits to help pay their bill.
The Vermont senator told a CNN town hall that health care should be a "human right" and that the U.S. "shamefully" was the only major country on Earth "not to guarantee health care to all people." He argued that the only "cost-effective" way to give all Americans health insurance would be with a "Medicare-for-all single-payer program." CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer then pointed to statistics showing half of Americans get their health insurance through their employers and that a recent Gallup poll showed that 70 percent of those who get their insurance from their employers like it. "Will these people be able to keep their health insurance plans, their private plans through their employers, if there's a'Medicare-for-all' program that you endorse?" Blitzer asked. "No," Sanders responded mid-question as he shook his head.
The government has begun a nationwide probe into foreign residents exploiting the public health insurance system and abusing loopholes in the scheme, according to sources familiar with the matter. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is checking with municipalities to investigate cases involving foreigners who have inappropriately acquired residential status to make themselves eligible for public health insurance and skirt paying costly medical fees, the sources said. The ministry will compile the findings of the survey in the autumn and discuss steps to prevent a repeat of such abuse of the current insurance system, which was not designed to take into account a time when foreigners would be receiving medical services in the country. Japan had about 2.56 million foreign residents at the end of 2017, up for the fifth consecutive year since 2013, according to the Justice Ministry. Of the total, Chinese nationals accounted for most, at 29 percent, followed by South Koreans at 18 percent, then Vietnamese and Filipinos, both at 10 percent.