Insurance Archive

Kroger bends prescription rules to help Obamacare enrollees

Kroger has announced it will provide up to a 30-day supply of certain prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s Public Health Insurance Marketplace but do not yet have insurer-identification information.

Nationwide scores high on renters-insurance survey

Nationwide was tops in customer satisfaction among those with renters insurance, according to a J.D. Power & Associates survey.

FAQ: How Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Is Changing

United Parcel Service got attention by dropping some working spouses from its health plan and partly blaming the Affordable Care Act. But UPS’s move is only one among many changes in employer health insurance, most of them having little to do with the health law.

July storm did at least $71 million in damage

The Columbus Dispatch
They were nothing like the remnants of Hurricane Ike, which blew through Ohio five years ago, or the derecho — powerful straight-line winds that pounded the state in summer 2012.

Health insurance access varies across Ohio

A large share of medically uninsured Ohioans who might be eligible for subsidized health coverage under the Affordable Care Act would come from the local area and surrounding counties, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

New Online Markets For Small Businesses May Offer Some Workers Greater Choices

Workers at small companies rarely get a choice of health plans. That could change for some of them when online health insurance marketplaces for businesses open this fall.

State Auto posts profit as storms stay away

The Columbus Dispatch
What is typically a weak quarter for State Auto Financial turned out to be a profitable one this year.

Ohio insurance companies adding wind, hail deductibles

The growing number of severe storms related insurance claims over the past five years is prompting some Ohio companies to start asking homeowners to pay a separate deductible for wind and hail damage, state and industry insurance officials said.

WellPoint Sees Small Employers Dropping Health Coverage

As the nation prepares to roll out the next phase of Obamacare, the second biggest medical insurer said Wednesday that it expects to lose members in health insurance plans sponsored by smaller employers.

Deductibles added to Ohioans’ home insurance for wind, hail damage

The Columbus Dispatch
Be prepared when you get this year’s bill to insure your home: A growing number of Ohio homeowners will be expected to foot more of the cost to replace or fix their roof, siding or windows because of wind or hail damage.

Income -- Not Assets -- Will Determine Subsidies In Online Insurance Marketplaces

This week, I answer readers' questions about how income and other assets will affect health insurance choices and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act, and whether having access to a student health plan will make a person ineligible for subsidized coverage on the exchanges.

Big changes ahead for those who buy their own insurance

Gail Harriman’s health insurance costs rose four times in just over two years, from $550 a month to $1,171, an amount “more than my mortgage.” But when the self-employed San Francisco resident tried to switch insurers, she was rejected because of a minor health problem.

Kids and Money: Tuition is an insurable investment

You can buy peace-of-mind insurance for just about anything these days, from appliances and electronics to cruises and plane tickets.

Blue Cross subsidiary Palmetto to cut 126 jobs at Easton offices

A Blue Cross and Blue Shield subsidiary with offices in central and southern Ohio will lay off about 160 workers as a result of the loss of a contract, according to a filing with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Young Adults Value Health Insurance, Poll Finds

A strong majority of young adults, whose participation in the health law may be key to its success or failure, strongly believe health insurance is important for them and worth the money, according to a new poll.

Feds Pitch Broad Payment Options For Obamacare Customers

Federal health officials have proposed that all health plans selling insurance on the new online marketplaces must allow for easy payment options for households without bank accounts or credit cards.

NY faults 17 life insurers for shifting risks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York financial officials say 17 New York-based life insurers shifted $48 billion of claim risks to affiliates elsewhere with lower reserve and collateral requirements.

Insurance & Risk Management: Thwarting Thieves

Medical identity theft is a growing problem, especially amid the rise of electronic medical records. The issue affects both patients and providers.