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Alabama enrollment at 84 percent of goal

Associated Press — More than 55,000 Alabama residents have enrolled in private health insurance since Oct. 1 according to the latest federal report. In September, the federal government estimated Alabama would enroll 65,600 between Oct. 1, 2013 and Feb. 1, 2014.

March 12, 2014

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More than 500 could die annually in Alabama without Medicaid expansion

AL.com — A study by a major health journal estimates 215 to 525 people in Alabama will die each year due to the state’s decision against expanding Medicaid.

February 10, 2014

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Rejection of Medicaid expansion hurts Alabama’s working poor, hospitals

The Wall Street Journal — About 190,000 of Alabama’s uninsured residents fall into the coverage gap, with income too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to qualify for subsidies to help purchase insurance through the marketplace. Hospitals will also suffer, as payments they previously received for providing care to the uninsured are cut.

February 9, 2014

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Alabama city could save $1 million by sending workers to HealthCare.gov for insurance

The Selma times-Journal —The city of Selma is projected to spend $1.46 million for group health insurance through BCBS of Alabama in 2014. A BCBS representative says the company could shave the bill to about $460,000 by giving workers an allowance to purchase individual coverage from BCBS through the health insurance marketplace. Most city officials […]

February 3, 2014

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BCBSAL lists ‘Obamacare’ taxes on bills

NPR — Alabama’s largest insurer is detailing taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act on its bills for people purchasing individual health insurance. BCBSAL says the amount includes a premium tax, a HealthCare.gov user fee, and other amounts directly attributable to the health reform law.

December 23, 2013

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BCBSAL will not extend non-compliant insurance policies

WSFA.com — Alabama’s largest insurer will not extend policies that don’t cover the essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act. Non-compliant policies were to be phased out at the end of 2013; however, the Obama administration recently announced states could allow a one-year extension of the plans.

November 30, 2013

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Alabama premiums close to average on new health insurance marketplace

Associated Press — The average cost of the least expensive, “bronze” plans in Alabama is $247 a month, compared to a national average of $249. For “silver” plans, the least expensive plans average $303 in Alabama versus $310 nationwide.

September 25, 2013

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Low rates, few choices on Alabama health insurance marketplace

Montgomery Advertiser —Alabama residents who shop on the new marketplace will find rates lower than those in many other states. However, they will have an average of only seven options from which to choose.

September 25, 2013

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Two insurers to offer individual health insurance in Alabama marketplace

Birmingham Business Journal  — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, which dominates the individual insurance market in the state, and Humana will sell health insurance for individuals and families through the federal marketplace in Alabama. United Healthcare will join the other two insurers in selling small-group policies.

September 24, 2013

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Three companies participating in Alabama health insurance marketplace

Birmingham Business Journal — Two companies will sell health insurance to individuals and families through the federal marketplace in Alabama: Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Alabama and Humana. For small businesses, BCBS of Alabama and United Healthcare are offering policies. Currently, BCBS of Alabama controls 88 percent of the state’s health insurance market.

September 24, 2013

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