HHS’s proposed rule targets “junk” health insurance plans.

HHS's proposed rule targets "junk" health insurance plans.

Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty Images Junk health plans are under fire from the Department of Health and Human Services, which pledged this week to protect consumers from such plans, as well as bail out medical bills and overages that lead to medical debt. According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, patients with pre-existing conditions … Read more

California should end this health insurance tactic that delays urgent treatment

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In summary Many Californians who need urgent health services are often delayed due to an insurance protocol known as prior authorization. A bill in the Legislature could reform prior authorization rules so that it no longer serves as a barrier to essential treatment. Guest comment written by Ocean McIntyre Ocean McIntyre is a space science … Read more

Federal health insurance website HealthCare.gov lags behind help with voter registration, Democrats accuse – Technical.ly

Federal health insurance website HealthCare.gov lags behind help with voter registration, Democrats accuse - Technical.ly

A group of US Senate Democrats is lobbying the Biden administration to make it easier for the millions of Americans who sign up for health insurance each year through a federal website to register to vote. The lawmakers, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrote in a letter to US Department of Health and Human … Read more

No company willing to sign up: NFL Players Association president reveals two big reasons life insurance isn’t happening

No company willing to sign up: NFL Players Association president reveals two big reasons life insurance isn't happening

In a recent statement, NFL Players Association president JC Tretter shed light on the vexing issue of lifetime health insurance for players. Tretter revealed two major hurdles that have hindered the implementation of this much-discussed benefit. Addressing the concerns of both players and fans, Tretter highlighted the need for a solution to ensure players’ post-career … Read more

Hospital insurance contract in doubt due to possible conflict of interest | Benito Link

Hospital insurance contract in doubt due to possible conflict of interest |  Benito Link

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include comments from Shelton Insurance owner Andrew Shelton. The San Benito Health District Board meeting on June 22 The meeting was a chaotic confrontation involving members of the public, board members and nurses from Hazel Hawkins Hospital. Nine community members, along with nurses and doctors, were often … Read more

Pritzker signs bills altering Illinois health insurance market by establishing rate revision, a state market

Oh, I signed!  says State Senator Laura Fine, D-Glenview, as she realizes that her bill giving the Department of Insurance new oversight authority was approved by Gov. JB Pritzker on June 27, 2023. (Andrew Adams/Capitol Illinois News)

Oh, I signed! says State Senator Laura Fine, D-Glenview, as she realizes that her bill giving the Department of Insurance new oversight authority was approved by Gov. JB Pritzker on June 27, 2023. (Andrew Adams/Capitol Illinois News) SPRINGFIELD Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law legislation Tuesday that will dramatically change the health insurance market in … Read more

The popularity of the obesity drug Wegovy has prompted US employers to rethink insurance coverage

A selection of injector pens for the weight loss drug Wegovy are shown in this photo illustration in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 31, 2023. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska/Illustration

June 27 (Reuters) – Shawnte struggled with her weight for years before being prescribed Novo Nordisks’ anti-diabetic drug Ozempic for weight loss in 2020, helping the former New York music industry pro lose more of 50 kilos in two years. But last year, the 46-year-old, who asked to be identified only by her first name … Read more

Wisconsin Democrats introduce bill expanding private insurance coverage for postpartum mothers and newborns

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Legislation introduced by Wisconsin Democrats would expand private health care benefits for new mothers and babies. But its future is uncertain before the Republican-controlled state legislature. The bill was introduced a week after Republican lawmakers on the Joint Finance Committee voted against a $34.5 million provision in Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget that would … Read more

A fluke in health insurance discounts? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

A fluke in health insurance discounts?  It's not as crazy as it sounds

Americans will receive $1.1 billion in rebates from health insurance companies this year thanks to a provision I wrote into the ACA. Former Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), in a tweet on May 17, 2023 Former Democratic Senator Al Franken tweeted recently that Americans will receive $1.1 billion in rebates from health insurance companies this year … Read more