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Important change to Obamacare in the Covid-19 Stimulus Bill.

Important change to Obamacare in the Covid-19 Stimulus Bill The new Covid-19 Relief bill will eliminate income caps  to qualify for a tax subsidy on the Marketplace (Exchange).  This means premiums for ACA compliant plans for many people will drop significantly. The Wall Street Journal points out that currently the ACA only allows for tax […]
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Hierarchy of Benefits: Types of Employee Benefits and Perks

Hierarchy of Benefits: Types of Employee Benefits and Perks Ranked by Employees Since employer sponsored healthcare first began in the 40’s, employee benefits have come a long way to reflect evolving employee needs.  In fact, the old adage there’s more to a job than just a paycheck has never been more true for today’s generation, […]
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Why consider a new benefits broker?

It’s always a good time for a second opinion on your benefit programs and it’s not as time-consuming as you think. Are you in the middle of open enrollment?  Or wrapping up open enrollment?  Even in the busiest of times, surveys show a second opinion on your benefits might be worth your time.  When asked, […]
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March 5-2018 – On Air Healthcare Reform Discussion, WGN 720 Radio & Mr. Health Insurance, Mark Gurda

Mark Gurda, President of Castle Group Health and author of the popular health blog, Mrhealthinsurance.com, talks about the latest health care news and complicated process of fixing the US healthcare system, as it continues to change rapidly.  Listen to Gurda in the full WGN720 Radio commentary on The Chicago Way with John Kass and Jeff Carlin.
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February 19, 2018 Expert doesn’t expect Illinois public sector health insurance costs to change until there’s near fiscal catastrophe

Expert doesn’t expect Illinois public sector health insurance costs to change until there’s near fiscal catastrophe Mark Gurda, President of Castle Group Health and author of the popular health blog, Mrhealthinsurance.com, comments on Illinois’ state employee’s health care costs and specifically how state finances are continue to deteriorate because of group health expenses for state employees.  Read more […]
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October 16, 2017 Insurance expert says media misreported where healthcare subsidies were getting cut from

Insurance expert says media misreported where healthcare subsidies were getting cut from Mark Gurda, President of Castle Group Health and author of the popular health blog, Mrhealthinsurance.com, comments on healthcare reform and specifically about how the media misrepresented President Trump’s executive orders on the health insurance subsidies and where they were getting cut from.  Read more in the […]
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October 16, 2017 – On Air Healthcare Reform Discussion, WGN 720 Radio & Mr. Health Insurance, Mark Gurda

President Trump to cut the health insurance subsidies Mark Gurda, President of Castle Group Health and author of the popular health blog, Mrhealthinsurance.com, talks about the latest healthcare news, specifically President Trump’s executive orders to cut the health insurance subsidies and how the cuts will affect more people in the health insurance market.  Listen to Gurda in […]
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September 25, 2017 Illinois health insurance rates to increase double digits again next year

Illinois health insurance rates to increase double digits again next year Mark Gurda, President of Castle Group Health and author of the popular health blog, Mrhealthinsurance.com comments on the “substantial increase” predicted for 2018 insurance premiums in the Illinois health insurance market.  In this article, Gurda speaks frankly about the failing Affordable Care Act and it’s […]
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September 14, 2017 Measuring the true cost of health insurance for 2018

Measuring the true cost of health insurance for 2018 Mark Gurda, President of Castle Group Health and author of the popular health blog, Mrhealthinsurance.com, challenges last month’s article in Crain’s on expected health care costs for 2018, citing “the article sets a bar of unrealistic expectations and hopes. ”  To read Gurda’s full opinion, Measuring the true […]
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