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As an Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ E.R. Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back - The New York Times

As an Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ E.R. Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back - The New York Times | Health Insurance | Scoop.it

Patients are are being denied and affected by Anthem's objective to minimize the use of the emergency department-it is one of the most expensive areas to obtain medical care.

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Dominant hospitals dictate price and contract terms

Dominant hospitals dictate price and contract terms | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Hospitals with significant market power can dictate how much they will get paid—about 12.5% higher prices for monopoly hospitals than those in a market with four or more competitors—and the form of their contracts with insurers.
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Former CEO Of Obamacare: End To Individual Mandate Won't Be So Bad

Former CEO Of Obamacare: End To Individual Mandate Won't Be So Bad | Health Insurance | Scoop.it

Repealing the Affordable Care Act was unsuccessful, but the individual mandate ends next year. Will that have an impact on insurance companies and Americans in the long run?

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Fee slashed for Washington insurers | The Spokesman-Review

Fee slashed for Washington insurers | The Spokesman-Review | Health Insurance | Scoop.it

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced Thursday it will cut the monthly carrier fee from $7.46 per patient to $3.46 for all 2019 health plans purchased on Washington Healthplanfinder.

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Group Medical Insurance Auburn, WA, Group Benefits, Maddock Assoc

Group Medical Insurance Auburn, WA, Group Benefits, Maddock Assoc | Health Insurance | Scoop.it

Maddock & Associates helps you find more time to focus on your business. We'll educate employees about their benefits, assist them with claims, process enrollments/changes, and keep you up to date with the latest reporting and compliance notification requirements.

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Group Medical Insurance Auburn, WA, Group Benefits, Maddock Assoc

Group Medical Insurance Auburn, WA, Group Benefits, Maddock Assoc | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Maddock Associates, brokers for group medical insurance in Auburn, WA, group benefits for WA state businesses and individual plans for residents of WA State
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The professional team at Maddock & Associates takes care of your group health insurance and employee benefits programs so that you can focus on your business.
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Health Benefits, Health Insurance Quotes Washington state

Health Benefits, Health Insurance Quotes Washington state | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Maddock & Associates offers health insurance quotes that will give your business the best health benefits and a peace of mind.
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Look no further than Maddock for your employee health benefits in Washington State.  Working with all the leading insurance carriers, we’ll ensure you select the right plan for your employees’ needs.

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Group Medical Insurance, Plans, Renton, Kent, Tacoma, Washington State

No one knows the group medical insurance market like Maddock & Associates. Our agency serves Renton, Kent, Tacoma and all of Washington State.
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Need a comprehensive market evaluation? Let Maddock & Associates map out the best Group Medical Insurance plan for you.

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Simple Employee Benefits Process

Maddock & Associates employee benefits consulting for business includes new enrollments, claims & COBRA compliance at no charge, Auburn, Kent, Renton, Fife.
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Maddock Insurance adds simplicity to your employee benefits process. We educate your employees on their benefits and offer ongoing claims assistance.

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House G.O.P. Again Votes to Repeal Health Care Law

House G.O.P. Again Votes to Repeal Health Care Law | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
The latest House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was the first one in the new Congress, and gave new Republican members a chance to take a stand.
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There has been a new bill passed by The House to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The next step for the measure is to go through the Senate. Republicans have many different ideas on how the health law could be changed! Learn more about what this new bill means and how it is being handled in this latest article from the New York Times.

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Obamacare Exchanges Still Behind

Obamacare Exchanges Still Behind | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Obamacare exchanges are more competitive in their second year, but they still fall far behind the private insurance market before the health-care law took them over, according to an analysis from the
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Obamacare exchanges are proving to still be behind the private insurance markets. Check out this article from the Daily Caller that explains why the Obamacare exchanges are so far behind:

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Group Health Agent Renton, Federal Way, Washington State Broker

Maddock & Associates is an independent agency helping businesses find group health insurance coverage in Renton, Federal Way & throughout Washington State.
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We have the tools and expertise to make any employee satisfied with your benefit solutions. Healthy employees will have access to excellent health care, tax savings, and education.

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Half of Obamacare users wouldn’t return to the exchanges this year: survey

Half of Obamacare users wouldn’t return to the exchanges this year: survey | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
Disenchanted by high prices and technology woes, more than half of the households that used an Obamacare exchange last year said they would not use the portal again in the upcoming sign-up period, according to a survey released Monday.
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According to a survey done by Bankrate.com, many households who used an Obamacare exchange last year were very unhappy with the results. Many say that they will not use the portal again for the upcoming enrollment because of high prices and technical difficulties on the website. Take a look at this article that discusses the findings of the survey:

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NAHU Washington Update - 05/11/2018

NAHU Washington Update - 05/11/2018 | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
President Trump's "America First" initiative is aiming to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encouraging market competition by wanting to reduce and lower pharmaceutical costs and allowing federal programs to negotiate prices.
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Trans residents sue over Wisconsin's denial of treatment coverage

Trans residents sue over Wisconsin's denial of treatment coverage | Health Insurance | Scoop.it

Two transgender Medicaid recipients filed a lawsuit stating Wisconsin is one of 10 states that deny Medicaid coverage of treatments for gender transition. Nineteen states explicitly cover, and the rest have no explicit policy either way.

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Trump proposal could mean healthy people save on insurance while others get priced out

As the Trump administration wants to proceed with short-term health insurance, it could result to healthier people with cheaper options, while others with ACA plans may experience more costly premium plans.
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1.7 million people could be impacted by Medicaid work requirements in 10 states

1.7 million people could be impacted by Medicaid work requirements in 10 states | Health Insurance | Scoop.it

Approximately 1.7 million Medicaid beneficiaries could be affected by work requirement proposals in 10 states that require at least 20 hours per week of work or community engagement. 

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House GOP discussing repeal of ObamaCare employer mandate

House GOP discussing repeal of ObamaCare employer mandate | Health Insurance | Scoop.it

House Republicans are looking to make progress in repealing or delaying the employer mandate to provide health insurance. How will repealing the employer mandate effect your own company health insurance?

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U.S. telehealth industry eyes Medicare for its next big check

U.S. telehealth industry eyes Medicare for its next big check | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
After years of lobbying in Washington, U.S. telehealth providers have the first hints that the dam could break on public funding for an industry they say could save taxpayers billions.
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Benefits Consulting Tacoma, Auburn, Kent, Renton, Fife, WA

Maddock & Associates employee benefits consulting for business includes enrollments, claims, COBRA compliance at no charge, Tacoma, Auburn, Kent, Renton, WA
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Maddock believes simplicity is key. Learn more about how everything is neat and simple when partnering with Maddock.

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Group Benefits

Group medical insurance is available in Washington State for businesses with one or more employees. We shop the market to find the best possible plan for you.
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Group medical insurance is available in Washington State for businesses with one or more employees. As your insurance broker, we will shop the market to find the best possible plan for you.

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Health Insurance for Small Business, Company Benefits, Washington

Maddock & Associates has a plan when it comes to health insurance for small business. We understand the need for your company benefits to fit you perfectly.
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The Maddock Insurance employee methodology helps you stay on top of the benefit needs of your business. Find out how our analysis gives you the tools you need to keep your team happy, healthy and confident.

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Peace of Mind for Your Employees

Maddock & Associates offers health insurance quotes that will give your business the best health benefits and a peace of mind.
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Peace of mind is important to your employees. Maddock & Associates does its due diligence to help you meet your team's needs.

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Maddock & Associates Understands Employee Benefits

Maddock & Associates is an independent agency helping businesses find group health insurance coverage in Renton, Federal Way & throughout Washington State.
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We know that happy employees are productive employees. That's why Maddock & Associates offers you maximum benefits like wellness programs and biometric screenings that give you more for your money.

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Health-insurance brokers to play bigger role in enrollment

Health-insurance brokers to play bigger role in enrollment | Health Insurance | Scoop.it
In an effort to boost the number of people enrolling in insurance plans through Washington Healthplanfinder, health-care officials are reaching out to get help from brokers to work with trained in-person assisters.
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With the 2015 enrollment coming up soon, Washington's goal is to have more residents sign up.  Brokers are going to play a big part in this year's enrollment which will hopefully raise the numbers. Check out this article from the Seattle Times that explains the role of brokers in the upcoming enrollment:

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