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    John Deere will continue to cover strikers’ health insurance, bonuses

    Deere & Co. will continue to provide health insurance and pay performance bonuses to striking employees. The ag and construction machine maker based in Moline, Illinois, announced in a statement Friday that the 10,100 United Auto Workers members on strike will continue to receive their benefits. They will also receive the performance bonuses they earned for exceeding target production goals before the union went on strike Oct. 14. “John Deere’s healthcare and (performance) incentives are critical aspects of John Deere’s industry-leading wages and benefits,” company spokesperson Jennifer Hartmann said in a statement. “We are taking these steps to demonstrate our  

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    Colorado health insurance cost on individual market to rise 1%

    The monthly cost of health insurance on Colorado’s individual marketplace will rise about 1.1% next year, after the effects of the state’s backstop program for insurers. Premiums on the small group market, for employers with fewer than 100 workers, will rise about 4.4%. The numbers are averages, however, so some people could see a smaller or larger change in their monthly bill. The state estimated monthly premiums on the individual market would have been about 24% higher without reinsurance. Essentially, the federal government allows the state to create a fund that pays some of the cost of care for more-expensive  

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    Health insurance terms to know as open enrollment begins : Life Kit : NPR

    Do you ever feel like health insurance is confusing on purpose? There is so much jargon and so many acronyms. It’s tempting to just close your eyes and point at a plan, hoping that it’s in your budget and covers the stuff you’ll need it for. But putting in a bit of time to learn what these health insurance terms mean can empower you to better understand what signing on to a plan might mean for your budget and your health. Now’s the time to get in there because fall is open enrollment season. Whether you’re picking a plan for  

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    KY governor revives the kynect health insurance exchange

    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, with help from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, rolled out the reopening Friday of Kynect, the state-based health insurance exchange. Friday was the start of open enrollment for existing recipients of Medicaid, the government health plan for low-income people and those with disabilities. Open enrollment for private health plans on Kentucky’s exchange is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 15. The exchange was started by Beshear’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, under the federal Affordable Care but was shuttered in favor of the federal health exchange by his successor, former Gov. Matt Bevin. 

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    New mother dying of Covid denied lung transplant by medical insurance as it’s too expensive

    A woman who gave birth to a premature baby and remains in hospital fighting for her life against Covid has been denied a lung transplant by her health insurers. Gabriela Acuna delayed getting vaccinated due to her pregnancy, and caught the virus in August, according to her sister Paula Olmeda. Her condition rapidly deteriorated and she was admitted to hospital with failing lungs and heart. On a GoFundMe page set up by Ms Olmeda, she says her sister’s care was complicated by her pregnancy and the hospital held off using a ventilator and other treatments because of risk to the  

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