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- Meet the New Harry and Louise
2016/01/25. Jacobin Magazine. Vox’s attack on Bernie Sanders is sold as a policy critique. It’s actually a dishonest exercise in managing the Democratic Party base.
- Many Flexible Health Plans Come With A Costly Trap
2015/12/03. NPR. An increasing number of the preferred provider plans, or PPOs, offered under the federal health law have no ceiling at all for out-of-network costs.
- MN commissioners to health insurers: Discrimination against transgender customers is illegal
2015/11/30. The Column. The commissioners of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued a joint bulletin to health insurance providers on Monday.
- New York Health Co-Op’s Collapse Hits Physicians
2015/11/27. The Wall Street Journal. The demise of Health Republic, the largest of the nonprofit cooperatives created under the Affordable Care Act and the only co-op in New York state, left more than 215,000 enrollees scrambling to find new insurance.
- Kentucky, a beacon for health care law, is now a lab for its retreat
2015/11/27. Lexington Herald-Leader. Kentucky may become a laboratory for the kind of rollback the law’s opponents have so far only dreamed of.
- Blue Cross cancellation sends consumers scrambling
2015/11/27. Chicago Tribune. The PPO plan that Blue Cross is dropping has thousands of Blue Cross customers facing the prospect that they may not be able to see their doctors or go to their hospitals next year.
- Our View: ACLU of Maine lawsuit looks to end a health care inequity
2015/11/25. Portland Press Herald. Restrictions on MaineCare abortion funding keep poor women from getting the services they need.
- N.J. Assembly panel OKs bill addressing out-of-network health care costs
2015/11/23. North Jersey. After six months and several changes at the request of a range of interest groups, a bill intended to protect consumers from exorbitant out-of-network health care costs cleared an Assembly committee.
- Nicklaus: UnitedHealth's problems are its fault, not Obamacare's
2015/11/22. STLtoday. When the nation’s largest health insurer threatens to pull out of the Obamacare exchanges, there’s clearly a failure somewhere.
- Wayne County retirees face big health care bills
2015/11/22. Detroit Free Press. Some Wayne County retirees injured on the job prepare for life without county-provided health care coverage, a reality forced by the county’s efforts to cut costs in the face of its financial emergency.
- Colorado mulls universal health care proposal
2015/11/22. Coloradoan. A new plan for government-run health care that covers everyone is coming from a surprising corner: Colorado, a politically moderate swing state where Republicans and Democrats often share control of state government.
- UnitedHealth may dump Obamacare plans, putting California expansion in doubt
2015/11/19. LA Times. Industry giant UnitedHealth has warned it may quit selling Obamacare coverage across the country, raising questions about an expansion in California.
- After appeal rejection, HAP Midwest Health Plan may sell denied areas of Medicaid membership
2015/11/19. Healthcare Payer News. The State of Michigan on Tuesday denied a request by Henry Ford Health System’s health plan to allow it to keep two regions, including Detroit, to its approved contract for the state’s Medicaid program.
- Consumers say insurance company's plan to save money costs them pain
2015/11/18. WSB-TV Channel 2. An insurance company’s plan to save money could cost consumers pain.
- Citizens in west central Minnesota speak out on rising health insurance costs
2015/11/17. West Central Tribune. Legislators heard the pain that rising health care insurance premiums are causing those who are buying individual policies this year.
- Drug access denied: Ohio man fights health care bureaucracy over needed medication
2015/11/17. Cleveland. For the past two months, Caliguire has been locked in a battle with a pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts Inc., over his request to continue using Foradil.
- Hospital network and health plan consolidation expected to continue in Florida
2015/11/16. South Florida Business Journal. The outlook for the health care industry in Florida is one of growth, but that growth does not necessarily mean more hospital networks or health care insurance plans opening their doors.
- Oregon kidney patients caught in insurer-clinic clash
2015/11/13. OregonLive. Oregon health insurers are battling with providers of expensive kidney disease treatment, and advocates say patients are getting caught in the middle.
- Blueprint for closing the coverage gap
2015/11/12. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s High-Quality Healthcare Access Task Force is launching a nine-month study to look at the hurdles that stand between Georgians and the health care their families require.
- Florida still ranks third for those without health insurance
2015/11/11. Miami New Times. A new study from WalletHub shows that in 2014, 16.57 percent of Floridians were uninsured. For Florida, that translates to 695,899 individuals.
- Colorado to vote on single-payer state health-care system
2015/11/10. The Denver Post. Colorado voters will decide next year whether this state should be the first to pay for comprehensive health care for residents.
- Hawaii has third lowest rate of uninsured, Wallethub finds
2015/11/10. Pacific Business News. A new analysis by Wallethub places Hawaii as No. 3 in the nation for the population most covered by health insurance.
- Consumer alert: Fighting back when your health insurance does you wrong
2015/11/06. Fox 9. A Minnesota insurance company repeatedly denied coverage for a possible cure. His case is an important lesson for anyone facing a health crisis.
- Get ready to see your Illinois health insurance premiums increase in 2016
2015/11/04. Insurance News Net. The majority of Illinoisans who bought health insurance plans through the federal marketplace should expect to see their premiums increase in 2016, according to new data released by the Department of Insurance.
- Physicians Cite Health Insurance Companies as Barrier to Patient Care
2015/11/04. AJMC. Physicians broadly mistrust healthcare insurers and believe they interfere with physicians’ ability to provide high-quality patient care.
- Why Blue Shield and Anthem Blue Cross may owe you money
2015/11/03. Sacramento Business Journal. The state managed-care regulator has fined Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross a total of $600,000 for inaccurate provider directories.
- Officials launch bus tour to promote California health insurance exchange
2015/11/01. LA Times. The head of California’s health insurance exchange toured Los Angeles by bus Sunday, seeking to publicize the Affordable Care Act’s potential benefits among Southern Californians.
- Elder Care: Long-term care insurance claim denial and appeal
2015/10/30. The Sentinel. This is the third in a series of articles to explain how some of our clients have experienced claim rejections from long-term care insurers for care in a licensed Personal Care Home.
- Health Care Companies in Merger Frenzy
2015/10/29. The New York Times. Health care companies of all kinds — drug makers, hospital groups and insurers — have been frantically circling to be sure they are not left out of the latest frenzy of deal making.
- Insurers competing for Maine’s Affordable Care Act customers
2015/10/20. Portland Press Herald. With open enrollment starting Nov. 1, they offer different price and provider options to attract 75,000 or more Mainers.
- Health Insurers Push for Mergers, Playing Down Antitrust Concerns
2015/09/22. The New York Times. The chief executives of two of the nation’s largest health insurance companies told skeptical senators that consumers would benefit if the federal government approved their plans to acquire two other big insurers.
- Massachusetts Man Sues After Being Denied Long-Term Care Insurance Due to Truvada Use
2015/09/17. Frontiers Media. An unnamed Massachusetts resident is suing an Omaha insurance company after he was denied long-term care insurance because he is taking Truvada as PrEP.
- Hawaii employers share a heavy burden of rising health care costs, study shows
2015/09/15. Pacific Business News. Hawaii’s insurance premiums are on the rise, and it’s due to a combination of circumstance and new federal regulations, according to a new report by the Hawaii Health Information Corp.
- University of Missouri ends funding for graduate student health insurance, blames feds
2015/08/17. STLtoday. The University of Missouri, citing changes in federal policy, says it’s no longer allowed to provide subsidies to its graduate students to pay for health insurance.
- Report: ACA plans have a third fewer providers than employer-based plans
2015/07/15. The Washington Post. Consumers who bought insurance on the health exchanges last year had access to one-third fewer doctors and hospitals, on average, than people with traditional employer-provided coverage.
- Thousands Of Immigrants In New Jersey Denied Medicaid After Court Decision
2015/04/03. ThinkProgress. The highest court in New Jersey recently backed the state’s decision to cut Medicaid benefits for low-income immigrants who didn’t meet the five-year residency requirement to the chagrin of immigrants’ rights advocates.
- My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
2014/11/24. The Daily Beast. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Malcolm MacDougall’s insurance company delayed and denied cancer treatments despite MacDougall paying his premiums.
- More Insured, but the Choices Are Narrowing
2014/05/12. The New York Times. No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.
- Health care's Appalachian spring
2014/04/24. USA TODAY. ObamaCare comes to an old battlefield in the war on poverty.
- Hawaii's trailblazing healthcare underscores disparity
2014/04/05. LA Times. Hawaii’s success owes much to the state’s trailblazing health system and its long history of near-universal health insurance.
- WellPoint to settle class action suit for $90 million
2012/06/15. Reuters. Health insurer WellPoint Inc has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a class-action lawsuit against its Anthem unit over accusations the company did not fairly compensate former members.
- Health reform and medical bankruptcy in Massachusetts
2011/04/26. Journalist’s Resource. Massachusetts’ statewide healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 mandated coverage for the previously uninsured and, among other goals, sought to reduce the risk of personal medical bankruptcy.
- Assembly committee takes closer look at going out of network
2010/10/18. NJBIZ. A bill to regulate the use of out-of-network health care providers — identified as a factor driving up health care premiums — came up for discussion Monday before an Assembly committee in Trenton.
- A lesson in health insurance for college students
2010/08/20. USA TODAY. Without adequate health insurance, an accident or serious illness could saddle you with thousands of dollars in medical bills and force you to drop out of school.
- Health insurer accused of overcharging millions
2009/01/13. TODAY. One of the nation’s largest health insurers has agreed to pay $50 million in a settlement announced today after being accused of overcharging millions of Americans for health care.
- A handshake that made healthcare history
2008/12/28. The Boston Globe. Partners HealthCare was born in 1993, but its powerhouse potential didn’t fully hit home until 2000. That’s when the emerging giant cut a quiet deal with Blue Cross to ratchet up insurance costs across the state.
- Ritter, others discuss health reform at symposium
2007/07/26. Denver Business Journal. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter reaffirmed his support for providing coverage for Colorado’s uninsured in front of roughly 200 health care professionals around the country at the annual Dorsey Hughes Symposium.