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Blog Post
11/10/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
There's a reason people throw partiies on the day they get their Medicare card. People over the age of 50 who have struggled to pay for individual insurance that costs more than the mortgage--or had to go without health insurance--can only feel blessed relief about the red, white and blue card in their wallets. Even Tea Partiers who say they...
News Story
10/29/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Florida is asking the federal government to delay a requirement that health insurers use at least 80 cents of every dollar in premium money to pay for medical treatment, a move that could deny customers more than $170 million in rebates.  If federal officials give the state a waiver granting a three-year delay, ...
News Story
10/28/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The medical loss ratio may not be the first thing that comes to voters’ minds when they think of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans campaign operatives are trying to change that. While the health reform law has provided plenty of fodder for the GOP — think “death panels” and the individual mandate — new...
Blog Post
10/21/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
In a remarkable act of either stupidity or brinksmanship, the Obama Administration challenged the US Supreme Court to either keep the federal individual mandate to buy health insurance or throw it out with some of the most important consumer protections in the federal health care overhaul.  The Justice Department argues in a brief to...
News Story
10/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
California insurers will have to cover behavioral treatments for autism   Getty Images Gov. Jerry Brown signed a number of bills over the weekend, including a requirement that insurers cover behavioral therapies for people with autism. He also signed measures aimed at curbing bullying and under-age drinking. Health insurers...
Blog Post
9/29/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Montana's Gov. Brian Schweitzer said this week he will ask the White House to let Montana set up its own universal health care program. It would be similar to what Montana's northern neighbor, Saskatchewan, has. Canadian-style universal health care? In a place where the governor issues vetoes with a branding iron? Most of us are more...
News Story
9/6/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Publicly, consumer and patient advocates continue to cheer wildly for last year’s health care law. Behind the scenes, however, some worry that they are losing a few key battles to the insurance and business communities. They point to a long-sought provision in the law that entitles patients to an external review if an insurer...
News Story
9/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Under a new federal rule, firms must post details on their websites of increases exceeding 10%. WASHINGTON -- Health insurers will have to start publicly justifying big rate hikes, according to a new requirement of the federal healthcare law that is meant to put pressure on insurance companies to hold down skyrocketing premiums. The new rule,...
News Story
8/30/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Appeals court sides with patient, giving hope to others Health insurance providers can expect new litigation - and pressure from existing litigants - after a federal appellate court decision on Friday said they are responsible for covering mental health treatment on par with care for physical conditions. Multiple lawsuits and a piece of state...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
California's insurance companies have their costly lobbyists in high gear, trying to gut or kill real controls over what insurance companies can charge, Kansas' governor won't accept federal grants to plan, much less enact, key federal reforms. Texas' governor thinks Medicaid and Medicare are wrong and may not even be...