1. Wyoming lawmakers, meanwhile, are set to consider whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program to offer health insurance coverage to thousands of adults. That expansion is a fundamental element of the federal health care law, but Wyoming has resisted it for the past several years. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming and WINHealth are the two companies offering private health insurance in the state under the Affordable Care Act. Stephen Goldstone, WINHealth president and CEO, said Friday he doesn’t have exact figures yet but his company has added thousands of new members since registration opened Nov. 15. The company had about 9,000 people in Wyoming signed up for coverage going into the current enrollment period. Goldstone said he won’t know until later this month how many of his existing members re-enrolled. However, he said the process has been much smoother this year than it was last year, the program’s first year, when problems plagued the federal government’s Internet registration site. “The horror stories that we all saw last year are not happening again this year,” Goldstone said.
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Health insurance costs up in parts of Illinois – Yahoo News

But costs rose in Springfield and Belleville, according to an analysis of average rates for popular insurance plans conducted for The Associated Press. Health care costs are increasing, but competition for insurance plan customers means populous Chicago http://alexsimring.wordpress.com/ is bucking the trend, said Marc Pierce of Stonegate Advisors, a Chicago-based independent consulting company that conducted the analysis for AP. In Decatur, John and Alicia Phillips decided to stick with the same Blue Cross Blue Shield policy even though their monthly premiums will increase slightly to $249 a month after their tax credit. Their deductibles will increase, too, from $1,000 per person to $1,500 per person, which will raise their out-of-pocket costs when they use health care in 2015. John Phillips, 43, owns an auto repair shop. His wife is a day-care teacher. “I looked at some other plans,” Phillips said. “I stuck with the company I knew had paid the bills before without argument.” In the eastern Illinois community of Paris, 59-year-old Starla Redmon wants to shop around.
Health insurance costs up in parts of Illinois – Yahoo News

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