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Dec. 6, 2018: Health insurance, drug coverage top benefits for U.S. part-time workers

Survey: Health insurance, drug coverage top benefits for U.S. part-time workers Benefits Canada
The most popular health benefits provided to part-time employees in the United States include health insurance (54 per cent), prescription drug coverage (53 per cent), dental and vision care (52 per cent) and flexible spending accounts (47 per cent), according to data from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The survey, which looked at benefits trends for part-time employees, found 78 per cent of respondents currently employ part timers, with 90 per cent of this group defining part time as working less than 30 hours a week.

Why Colorado's health insurance sign-up numbers look strong, even as the rest of the country struggles The Colorado Sun
The conventional wisdom about how health insurance enrollment across the country would go this year went something like this: B-R-U-T-A-L. Major Trump administration changes took effect that were likely to diminish people's interest in buying plans through an insurance exchange. High prices continued to bedevil consumers. And national numbers so far bear these fears out: About 350,000 fewer people have signed up for insurance through the federal portal this year compared to the same period last year.

Hartford positions itself as insurtech hub Insurance Business Magazine
The city of Hartford, CT, is shaping up to be America's center for all things insurtech, with recent developments elevating the city's status as an insurance technology hub. Hartford is home to the Hartford InsurTech Hub, which insurance technology start-ups from all around the world are invited to compete in. Winners of the program — hosted by Startupbootcamp — are invited to work for three months in the Stilts Building, with support from Upward Hartford.

Feds approve Florida plan to save $100 million on Medicaid

Sunshine State News
Despite fears that the move could cut access to health care for poor residents, Florida has won approval from the federal government for a change that will let the state reduce how much it spends on Medicaid. The change in how the state administers the safety-net program was recently approved by federal officials and has since taken effect. It allows the state to trim money it spends on people when they initially become eligible for Medicaid.

How AI and data technology are transforming the insurance industry TechGenix
The insurance industry is probably not the first area of human endeavor one thinks about when somebody mentions words like "innovation," "artificial intelligence," and "high tech." However, in reality, it is one of the first to embrace the change. And, if you think about it, it is only natural. Insurance is, by definition, an industry built around risk. Insurance companies greatly depend on their ability to predict what risk this or that person, company, or organization represents. The more information they have about them and the more accurate this information is, the more likely they are to make a correct prediction, either saving themselves money or earning extra revenue.

UC Berkeley study predicts increase in number of uninsured Californians without state action Daily Californian
Without further state action, the rate of insured Californians could decrease and leave more than four million nonelderly Californians without health insurance by 2023, according to a study published recently by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. According to the study, 10.4 percent of Californians younger than 65 were uninsured in 2016 in spite of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. The report estimated that between 150,000 and 450,000 more Californians will be uninsured in 2020, increasing to between 490,000 and 790,000 more — or 12.9 percent total — by 2023.

Medicaid work requirements: Where do they stand after the blue wave? The Conversation
The 2018 midterm elections have dealt a significant setback to President Trump's agenda in the legislative arena. However, there are still many ways for the Trump administration to keep swinging away at the Affordable Care Act. One particularly effective unilateral instrument is the regulatory process — that is, the implementation of statutory law by executive agencies.

Jeff Sopko