10/7/2020 9:16:00 AM No Health Insurance ...it's the plight of over 10% of North Carolinians
Don't have insurance? Perhaps Kintegra can help. Kintegra Health is a community sponsored, family-centered provider of health care, health education and preventive care services without regard for the ability to pay. While anyone--those with private or company paid insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or no insurance at all--is welcome to use Kintegra's services, Kintegra is for many without insurance the way they can get desperately needed health care. Those without insurance can apply for reduced cost fees based on their income. Kintegra provides medical, dental, behavioral health counseling and other specialty services in several convenient locations across Alexander, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln Counties. Kintegra also provides pharmacy services for Kintegra patients. The Lincoln County Kintegra location is on Gamble Drive near the Health Dept. In Catawba County, Catawba Valley Family Medicine in Maiden, Hickory & Claremont are part of the Kintegra system. Kintegra Cherryville is at 112 S. Oak Street. For more locations and services available, visit https://www.kintegra.org/all-locations/.
Wayne Howard & Thomas Lark Lincoln Herald Staff Writers
The COVID-19 pandemic and related matters have replaced some of the other issues that might have been part of this year's Presidential election. Months ago, when the multitude of Democrats were vying for their party's nomination, healthcare was one of the two most discussed issues; the other was the environmental crisis and global warming.
Those issues haven't gone away, although the coronavirus and the economy have largely replaced them at the top of the list of things about which most voters are concerned and about which the candidates are talking.
Health insurance is still very much an issue in the Senatorial and Gubernatorial races. Cal Cunningham is blasting Senator Thom Tillis for accepting contributions linked to the insurance companies and in South Carolina, Democrat Jaime Harrison is accusing Senator Lindsey Graham of favoring legislation that would allow insurance companies not to cover those with pre-existing conditions among other claims. TV ads related to Tillis's campaign have claimed that creating a government-supported health insurance option, something Cunningham and Presidential candidate Joe Biden favor, would "close 24 hospitals in North Carolina" (quoted from the ads).
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper pushed for the state to expand Medicaid to include more people. The General Assembly rejected the expansion, and Cooper then vetoed their proposed state budget because of it. Cooper has used Medicaid expansion as a part of his campaign against GOP challenger Dan Forest.
The Trump administration has sought to overturn the Affordable Care Act, commonly called 'Obamacare,' and has a case pending before the US Supreme Court to do just that.
The personal finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2020's Uninsured Rates by State.
According to the report, North Carolina ranks 10th worst in the US ofr the number of uninsured residents. The report shows North Carolina's uninsured rate at 11.26%.
That's especially important considering the pandemic. One study found the average cost of a COVID-19 hospitalization without health insurance was $73,000.
RELATED ARTICLE from Chain Store Age magazine [condensed here from original]:
Walmart is entering the health insurance business.
Walmart Insurance Services, a licensed insurance brokerage, will begin selling Medicare insurance plans to consumers during this year’s annual enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.
The launch of the program comes amid intense competition in the health insurance industry as more people become eligible for Medicare benefits. According to Walmart, only one in 10 Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in a plan that saves them the most on out-of-pocket spending.
At launch, Walmart Insurance Services will provide Medicare plans (Part D, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans) offered by Humana, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Simply Health, Wellcare (Centene), Clover Health and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The retailer said more carriers may be added in the future.
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Walmart is entering the health insurance business – just in time for Medicare Open Enrollment.
The retail giant announced the launch of Walmart Insurance Services, a licensed insurance brokerage, which will help people with enrolling in insurance plans. The initiative will begin selling Medicare insurance plans to consumers during this year’s annual enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.
“We are licensed in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and we have built a team of licensed insurance agents who can help people find the right insurance plan for them,” said Lori Flees, senior VP and COO, Walmart U.S. Health & Wellness.
The launch of the program, which was first reported on https://chainstoreage.com/walmart-sell-health-insurance-policies in July, comes amid intense competition in the health insurance industry as more and more people become eligible for Medicare benefits. According to Walmart, only one in 10 Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in a plan that saves them the most on out-of-pocket spending.
At launch, Walmart Insurance Services will provide Medicare plans (Part D, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans) offered by Humana, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Simply Health, Wellcare (Centene), Clover Health and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The retailer said more carriers may be added in the future, the retailer said.
“We want customers to feel confident in selecting a Medicare plan that best fits their needs, budget and lifestyle,” David Sullivan, general manager of Walmart Insurance Services. “Helping customers select the right Medicare insurance plan to meet their needs aligns with Walmart’s mission of helping people save money and live better.”