State fines OneShare Health, bans it from selling insurance in Washington state

Feb. 2—The state Insurance Commissioner’s Office has fined OneShare Health $150,000 and is prohibiting the company from selling insurance in the state of Washington.

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Additionally, OneShare dropped a federal lawsuit against Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

“People who are looking for health insurance should closely examine any offerings and contact our consumer advocates if they have questions about products that market themselves as health care sharing ministries,” Kreidler said in a statement.

OneShare Health fails to meet the legal definition of a health care sharing ministry. It enrolled more than 7,000 members in Washington who paid a total of $12 million in monthly premiums that OneShare called “contributions.” Six members have complained to Kreidler’s office about unpaid claims.

A legitimate health care sharing ministry is a nonprofit organization whose members have a common set of ethical or religious beliefs and share medical expenses consistent with those beliefs. Health care

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It comes as no surprise that the Biden administration has taken ambitious early action to expand the federal government’s jurisdiction over access to health care. After all, President Biden was vice president and an influential advisor in the Obama administration, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enlarged the federal government’s role in determining health care access and costs, and greatly constricted options for patients.



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Indeed, no one should be surprised by his latest series of executive orders that direct federal agencies to reexamine – and likely revoke – a number of Trump administration rules that had returned some autonomy to patients and state governments. And it’s no surprise that Biden also mandated a reopening of the ObamaCare insurance exchanges from Feb. 15 through May 15, presumably so the administration can shift more individuals from private to public coverage. What’s unlikely – but would be of

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Published: 2/4/2021 5:08:30 PM

Uninsured New Hampshire residents can buy health insurance through the federal marketplace during a special enrollment period starting in two weeks as the Biden administration rejuvenates the Affordable Care Act after years of cutbacks.

Biden’s recent executive order will reopen enrollment on the federal ACA exchanges at HealthCare.gov from Feb. 15 to May 15. The regular enrollment period for coverage this year, which had been shortened by former President Trump as part of his opposition to what is often called Obamacare, ended Dec. 15, 2020.

“With this opportunity, N.H. residents who are uninsured will be able to sign up for coverage without waiting until the next regular open enrollment period at the end of the year,” New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Chris Nicolopoulos said. “However, since the window is short, they should not delay.”

Those qualifying for financial assistance can receive support when signing up through HealthCare.gov.

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BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 2, 2021–

DirectPath, the company that guides employees to make better health care decisions, today unveiled new research, The 2021 Benefits Broker: Year-round Strategies to Keep Employer Costs Down During a Pandemic. The report, which includes results from an annual survey of more than 100 health insurance brokers, highlights the important role price transparency services have played in helping employers contain benefit costs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, the survey shows that 83 percent of brokers currently provide some sort of health care transparency and clinical advocacy services to help employers contain costs and 23 percent of respondents report they will be adding new advocacy and transparency-focused product and service offerings to meet this growing demand.

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