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    Health insurance costs: Premiums for family coverage at work tops $22,000 a year

    Employees foot about $6,000 of the tab, while companies pick up the rest, according to the 2021 Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey. The report, released Wednesday, found that the average annual premium rose 4% this year to $22,221. The average annual premium for a single staffer in 2021 hit $7,739, also up 4%. Workers pay about $1,300, and employers cover the remaining tab. About 155 million Americans rely on employer-sponsored coverage — and they are paying a lot more for that benefit than they were a decade ago. The average family premium has increased 47%, more than wages  

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    What you need to know about health insurance and vaccination status

    Your vaccination status won’t affect your ability to obtain health insurance through work or on state-backed exchanges.Those who still haven’t gotten the COVID-19 shot have the Affordable Care Act to thank for that protection, says Emily Langdon, a benefits attorney at law firm Fraser Stryker.”So you can’t say ‘no, because you’re not vaccinated, we won’t let you be eligible for coverage,'” she said. “Because they have to provide coverage.”Under the ACA a company with 50 or more employees must provide health insurance to its workers and their dependents.But spouses are a different story, and Langdon does have some clients who  

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    How to find the best health insurance plan for you and your family : Shots

    If you’re buying health insurance outside a job-based plan, you’re in luck this fall. After years of cutbacks and — some say sabotage — of the Affordable Care Act during the Trump administration, the Biden administration is pulling out the stops to help people find good health plans on HealthCare.gov right now — the open enrollment period starts this week. You will have more time to sign up, more free help choosing a plan, and a greater likelihood you’ll be eligible for subsidies to help keep down the costs of a health plan you buy via the ACA marketplace. Still,  

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    Why Aren’t More People Comparison Shopping for Health Plans?

    Except for emergency or urgent care, Medicare Advantage coverage may not extend outside beneficiaries’ county or state. “If you’re in Albany, you may not be able to get care in New York City,” Dr. Jacobson said. Advantage plans also often require preauthorization from the insurer for services and drugs. With traditional Medicare, “you can see any provider you want to at any time, without getting prior approval,” Dr. Jacobson said. It’s accepted nationally. But factoring in a private Medigap policy and a separate Part D plan sometimes pushes overall costs higher. Still, a recent Commonwealth Fund analysis found that traditional  

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    Harmons will require unvaccinated workers to pay more for health insurance

    SALT LAKE CITY — Unvaccinated employees at Harmons, the upscale grocery store chain in Utah, will pay more for health insurance as the company cites rising public health and safety concerns concerning COVID-19. READ: Companies may require unvaccinated workers to pay more for health insurance Effective Jan. 1, Employees at the grocery chain who do not receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be charged an insurance premium surcharge of up to $200 per month, according to Harmons officials. “I think it’s entirely appropriate, they are making it a choice to put themselves at higher risk, so by paying more, they bear  

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    Massachusetts lawmakers, advocates rally behind equitable, universal health insurance

    A Massachusetts woman, suffering from belly pain that would later require surgery, left the hospital in tears, knowing the visit had cost $3,000 due to her high deductible. Another woman slipped and fell on the same day that her health insurance lapsed. Despite a broken hip and two broken bones in her leg, she refused an ambulance ride and drove herself to the hospital, keenly aware she could not afford the help. A 55-year-old man with lapsed health insurance will not have coverage again until January. But over the weekend, he had to go to the hospital due to difficulty  

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    John Deere will continue to cover strikers’ health insurance, bonuses

    Deere & Co. will continue to provide health insurance and pay performance bonuses to striking employees. The ag and construction machine maker based in Moline, Illinois, announced in a statement Friday that the 10,100 United Auto Workers members on strike will continue to receive their benefits. They will also receive the performance bonuses they earned for exceeding target production goals before the union went on strike Oct. 14. “John Deere’s healthcare and (performance) incentives are critical aspects of John Deere’s industry-leading wages and benefits,” company spokesperson Jennifer Hartmann said in a statement. “We are taking these steps to demonstrate our  

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