Will losing health insurance mean more US deaths? Experts say yes

Disability advocates hold a protest outside the office of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on 22 June. Senate Republicans have released their draft healthcare bill. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images View more sharing options Shares 1,258 Mona Chalabi @MonaChalabi email Saturday 24 June 2017 12.00 BST The Republican healthcare bill announced on Thursday would cause thousands of Americans to die each year, according to physicians who study government data. Using national health surveys, doctors and academics have tested whether a lack of health insurance increases the probability of death. Most have concluded…

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An Obamacare Repeal Could Hurt You Even If You Get Insurance Through Work. Here’s How

If you get your health insurance at work, you may have brushed off the fight over Obamacare as someone else’s problem. What you may not realize, though, is that the law added new benefits and protections to employer-based health insurance that you may have come to rely on. President Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare, and both have made moves to begin unraveling significant parts of the law. The path forward is far from clear, but the GOP-controlled Congress is expected to go about dismantling portions of…

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What’s worse? Visiting the dentist or picking a health insurance plan?

About one-fourth of consumers would rather file their taxes than go through the ordeal of selecting a health insurance plan, according to a recent UnitedHealthcaresurvey. About 28 percent would rather get a teeth cleaning. But this month, many Americans will have no choice but to begin the often-reviled exercise of choosing insurance for next year — a task made particularly painful by rising prices and, in some cases, fewer choices. According to several recent surveys, yet another reason may be behind consumers’ anxiety when it comes to choosing coverage: They…

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Beware of high-pressure telemarketers hawking health insurance plans, department warns

Consumers should beware of high-pressure telemarketers selling health plans that won’t protect against tax penalties for being uninsured, the Nebraska Department of Insurance says. Telemarketers are pushing the plans now because consumers may be hearing about the upcoming Nov. 1-Jan. 31 open enrollment period for individual insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, which requires people to have health insurance or face tax penalties. The federal website HealthCare.gov is the place to sign up for health plans, not through telemarketers saying they are from the “national enrollment center” or the “national…

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