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Uber to give drivers and couriers sickness and maternity cover | Technology | The Guardian

Uber to give drivers and couriers sickness and maternity cover | Technology | The Guardian | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Workers across Europe, including 70,000 in UK, to be offered pay protections under new insurance policy...
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Canadian life insurance companies no longer equate marijuana use to “smoking”

Canadian life insurance companies no longer equate marijuana use to “smoking” | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Life insurance companies in Canada have traditionally labeled cannabis users as being “smokers.” However, a recent change in...
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End free healthcare for tourists foreigners' medical treatments costs taxpayers $30 MILLION | Daily

End free healthcare for tourists foreigners' medical treatments costs taxpayers $30 MILLION | Daily | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard is calling to crack down on free healthcare for tourists and visitors after revelations that NSW taxpayers foot an estimated bill of $30 million per year.
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Association Plans Reignite Health Care Fraud Concerns

Association Plans Reignite Health Care Fraud Concerns | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
A rule finalized in June by the U.S.Department of Labor will make it easier for small business to join together to buy health insurance and sidestep some of...
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Physiotherapy Coverage via Canadian Health Insurance Plans

Physiotherapy Coverage via Canadian Health Insurance Plans | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
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As Medicaid work requirements gain traction, experts propose ways to reduce potential harm

As Medicaid work requirements gain traction, experts propose ways to reduce potential harm | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
New Medicaid rules in several states mean low-income people will have to work, or prove they're too unhealthy to work, to receive health coverage. Other states want permission to require the same, which could affect millions ...
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Manulife Launches Canada’s First Medical Marijuana Program with Shoppers Drug Mart

Manulife Launches Canada’s First Medical Marijuana Program with Shoppers Drug Mart | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Customers will get help navigating the different strains of medical marijuana and the different ways to take it. The Manulife Financial insurance company says it will launch the first medical marijuana program in Canada this fall in conjunction with Shoppers Drug Mart.
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Medical cannabis, CBD skincare line are next for German company

Medical cannabis, CBD skincare line are next for German company | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Along with high CBD content, products in Phytalize cosmetics contain essential fatty acids, including gamma-linolenic acid.
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Insurance 'churn' poses serious risks for diabetes patients

Insurance 'churn' poses serious risks for diabetes patients | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
"Providing access to medical services for people with chronic conditions is a problem that America has not yet fully resolved."...
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New Tax Law Does NOT Apply to 2017 Taxes - Taxes - The Finance Gourmet

You may have heard the news about the new tax bill that passed Congress and was signed into law. You may have seen news reports already talking about the effects of that tax law. However, keep in mind that anything you see relating to the new tax law is based upon what it will do NEXT YEAR. Your 2017 tax law is already in the books, and the taxes you are doing from now until tax filing day on April 17th (yep, April 17th this year) are all based on 2017 tax law which is basically the old tax law from before the Republicans took power last year. So, no matter what some politics obsessed Twitter follower or Facebook friend says, they did not save any money thanks to the new tax law on the taxes they are filing in the next month or two. Check out my Digits review for a money saving app. What The Old Tax Law Means to You Since this is NOT the new tax law being used on your 2017 taxes, you need to forget about everything you heard when the new tax law was passed. It does not apply on the taxes you are filling out right now. So, what does that mean to you? There still is a penalty for not having health insurance. And, the IRS announced that it will no longer process returns that do not have an answer for the health insurance question. There is not a bigger standard deduction. Again, this will happen for the 2018 tax year, for taxes that you will file in 2017. So, unless your situation changed, or you were really close to the line last year, you probably still need to itemize if that is what you did for last year. You can still deduct all of your state property and income taxes. One of the big issues with the new tax law is that it limits the amount of state income and property taxes you can deduct. This is supposedly only a problem in a handful of states. However, yours truly might have some issues because we have an HOA-type organization that is funded by a property tax rather than by standard fees. I’ll have to see how close I come to that $10,000 limit, but not for this year. That’s on next year’s tax returns. (Same for you.) There is no extra qualified business income deduction. Kind of a nice surprise for those of us that run our own businesses, it looks like we get an extra tax deduction. Yea! Of course, that won’t be on this year’s taxes (Boo!) so you’ll still pay through the nose as a self-employed businessperson, especially thanks to that self-employment tax. So, in the meantime, be sure to deduct everything you can to save your business income. Related posts: Tax Bracket Tax Tables 2017 Tax Filing Day 2018 Taxes Due IRS Standard Deduction 2017
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Sun Life to Add Medical-Marijuana Coverage to Group Benefits Plans

Sun Life to Add Medical-Marijuana Coverage to Group Benefits Plans | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance company to add medical marijuana to its group benefits plans for Canadian companies, a pivotal move in the insurance industry that will help ease the financial burden for medical-marijuana users, and a sign of the growing acceptance of cannabis in the Canadian workplace. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance company to add medical marijuana to its group benefits plans for Canadian companies, a pivotal move in the insurance industry that will help ease the financial burden for medical-marijuana users, and a sign of the growing acceptance of cannabis in the Canadian workplace. “We as a society are starting to see an interesting evolution over time,” said Joan Weir, director, health and disability policy at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. “The number of medical prescriptions that are being issued is growing at a substantial rate for medical cannabis and in turn that means a lot of plan members are now using it … so insurers are also watching this more closely.” – Read the entire article at The Globe and Mail.
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Health Insurance for Retirees Under 65

In-depth discussion about retirement in the US under the age of 65 and important healthcare considerations.

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How to use AI in the insurance value chain: claims management

How to use AI in the insurance value chain: claims management | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Accenture’s Silke Genuit explores the benefits of AI in insurance claims management.
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Cigna's CEO explains the problem with America's healthcare system

Cigna's CEO explains the problem with America's healthcare system | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
The CEO of health insurer Cigna, David Cordani, says the problem with America's healthcare system is that most of the money being spent is on intervention...
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Great point about spending more money on prevention instead of expensive treatments AFTER getting sick.

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Employer-sponsored health insurance isn't going away. That's a good thing

Employer-sponsored health insurance isn't going away. That's a good thing | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
After years of an employer-sponsored health care system in the United States, the country is ready to transition to an employer-driven health care system.
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Is Blockchain The Answer To A Better Healthcare Industry?

Is Blockchain The Answer To A Better Healthcare Industry? | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
The traditional systems that are being used in healthcare today are woefully lacking in the security that could be available. Blockchain technology holds a great deal of promise for the healthcare industry, and it is time for all providers and researchers to explore the potential.
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Health Insurance Tricks Which Can Save You Money

Health Insurance Tricks Which Can Save You Money | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
You may already know this that health care costs keep on increasing day by day. It is because of costly prescriptions along with pricey hospital visits. There are some ways that you can cut the health expenses.
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Short-term Health Plans: How Will the Expansion Impact Consumers?

Short-term Health Plans: How Will the Expansion Impact Consumers? | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Does expanding short-term health insurance increase consumer choice? Or does it put people in danger of not having adequate coverage if disaster strikes?
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House passes bills to expand HSAs, delay health insurance tax | FierceHealthcare

House passes bills to expand HSAs, delay health insurance tax | FierceHealthcare | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
The House passed two bills this week that would expand the use of HSAs and delay the health insurance tax for two years, an issue insurers have frequently fought against.
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Why Workplace Flexibility is the Key to Employee Retention

Why Workplace Flexibility is the Key to Employee Retention | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
In today's world, work-life balance matters more than compensation — and that’s why having a flexible workplace has officially topped the charts of employee benefits. Read the research by Hubspot.
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Alibaba-Founded Insurtech Firm Promotes Blockchain Use in Healthcare Industry

Alibaba-Founded Insurtech Firm Promotes Blockchain Use in Healthcare Industry | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
China’s ZhongAn Tech is planning to use blockchain technology to cut risk and costs in healthcare insurance, local news outlet the South China Morning Post reported May 29.ZhongAn, the technology incubator for ZhongAn Online Property & Casualty Insurance, was founded in 2013 by Jack Ma, the chairman...
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Healthy Food, Transportation to the Doctor are New Frontiers for Health Insurance Providers

Healthy Food, Transportation to the Doctor are New Frontiers for Health Insurance Providers | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
There’s more to good health than good genes and healthy habits.Health is influenced by many factors—or social determinants—defined by the conditions...
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Where do premium dollars go? Mainly to drugs and doctors | FierceHealthcare

Where do premium dollars go? Mainly to drugs and doctors | FierceHealthcare | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
New research by AHIP indicates prescription drugs and doctor services costs make up almost half of premium spending, an amount that even surprised researchers.
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Why it is important for you to focus on your employees’ benefits

How to keep our employees happy? The answer to this is not simple, but it is all about understanding the needs and expectations of the employees.
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