Vox: How Trump gave insurance companies free rein to sell bad health plans

Vox: How Trump gave insurance companies free rein to sell bad health plans. “Amid a raging pandemic and skyrocketing unemployment, those subpar plans are making a comeback. The US uninsured rate has begun ticking up again recently, and it’s poised to soar this year. As millions of Americans cope with the coronavirus crisis and lose their jobs and employer-sponsored health insurance, experts expect that many may undertake the same journey that Lawley did — and end up victims of misleading marketing, weak health insurance, and the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda.”

Health Insurers to Investors: We’re Good. Health Insurers to Lawmakers: Please Help. (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Health Insurers to Investors: We’re Good. Health Insurers to Lawmakers: Please Help.. “Executives at Cigna, the health insurance giant, have signaled to investors that the coronavirus pandemic isn’t hurting the company’s business and might actually be a boon. But that hasn’t stopped the trade group that represents Cigna and other health insurers in Washington from asking lawmakers for aid.”

Politico: White House still scrambling to cover virus treatment for the uninsured

Politico: White House still scrambling to cover virus treatment for the uninsured. “The White House pledged over two weeks ago to cover coronavirus treatment for uninsured Americans — but the administration still doesn’t have a plan for how to do it. Trump officials are still grappling with key questions about how exactly to implement the treatment fund, including how to determine if a patient qualifies for the new federal dollars, an administration source said. Adding to the challenge, they’re still figuring out how to divvy up funding that hospitals and physicians say is desperately needed.”

ProPublica: The $11 Million Dollar Medicare Tool That Gives Seniors the Wrong Insurance Information

ProPublica: The $11 Million Dollar Medicare Tool That Gives Seniors the Wrong Insurance Information. “The Trump administration redesigned the online Medicare Cost Finder for seniors to compare complex health insurance options. But consumer advocates have identified instances when the tool has malfunctioned and given inaccurate plan and price data.”

Variety: Patreon May Start Providing Loans to Creators, Among Other New Services

Variety: Patreon May Start Providing Loans to Creators, Among Other New Services. “Patreon, the subscription-based fan platform, is eyeing a range of new services to support creators — including potentially providing loans at some point, CEO Jack Conte said. Conte, speaking at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology Summit in L.A., said Patreon is considering ways to provide capital funding and other financial services to artists, as well as services like health insurance and HR support.”

Associations Now: American Academy Of Actuaries Launches Online Voter Guides

Associations Now: American Academy Of Actuaries Launches Online Voter Guides. “Not only does Memorial Day signal the start of summer, it also marks the moment when political campaigns for fall elections kick into high gear. This year, the American Academy of Actuaries is serving voters by launching its 2018: Making Issues Count, a website that provides a nonpartisan analysis of key issues. The website will be updated through Election Day on November 6…. The new website features election guides grouped in six different categories where actuaries have expertise—and on which voters can base their consideration of candidate positions. Issue areas covered include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, health insurance coverage, long-term care, lifetime income and retirement risk, and climate risk.”

Crains New York: This new tool could help you save on health care

Crains New York: This new tool could help you save on health care. “The colorful site, which Crain’s previewed ahead of its Sept. 12 launch, offers options for calculating costs based on a single procedure or a full episode of care. It pairs its features with instructional videos so users know what they are looking at. Perhaps the most useful feature is the ability to compare costs by provider for some common procedures, including those associated with obstetrical care and orthopedics. However, users will have to go elsewhere for quality ratings.”

New York: NY State of Health Launches Online Tool Giving Consumers Access to Valuable Health Plan Information

New York: NY State of Health Launches Online Tool Giving Consumers Access to Valuable Health Plan Information. “The New York State Department of Health, in collaboration with NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced the launch of the NYS Provider & Health Plan Look-Up, an online tool that consumers can use to research provider networks and health plans. With this tool, consumers shopping for health insurance can search for their preferred health care providers, including doctors and hospitals, to see which health plans have those providers in their network. … The NYS Provider & Health Plan Look-Up will initially include information on the health care providers that participate with plans offered on the NY State of Health Marketplace, including Qualified Health Plans, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care.”

Twitch to Livestream an Event From the White House Today

Twitch is livestreaming an esports event from the White House today. “Twitch announced that they will be hosting a gaming event live from the White House on December 12th. The ‘White House Competitive Gaming Event’ is meant to raise awareness about health insurance. The event will last from from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST.”