Explosive growth in the individual market is forcing brokers who work with very small groups to change their business models —and often receive less commission in the process.

Analyzing data submitted by insurers to state insurance departments, the Kaiser Family Foundation determined that 15.5 million people had major medical coverage in the individual insurance market in  2014 — both inside and outside public health care exchanges. The figure is is 4.8 million or 46% above previous...

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Some New Yorkers can choose from more than a hundred health insurance products offered by more than a dozen insurers participating in the state-run health insurance exchange, depending on where they live, but they’re hard-pressed to find anything other than the HMO-style plans that dominate the landscape.  read more »
Most private health care exchanges are geared toward active employees. But Tampa, Fla.-based Brown Insurance Group has an eye on part-timers who may have lost coverage or who never had access to group plans. Eric Brown, principal, explains how his private exchange allows employers nationwide to provide coverage to such employees through an exchange-like environment. Brown Insurance also assists with Healthcare.gov enrollment.  read more »
As technology and health care become more intertwined, a visit to the doctor can be as easy as a touch of an app. UnitedHealthcare Thursday announced an expansion of telehealth coverage options for virtual physician visits.  read more »
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