- US boosts privacy protection on health insurance website Updated: Oct-09-15 11:22 am
WASHINGTON - Responding to criticism from civil liberties advocates, the Obama administration said Friday it has strengthened consumer privacy protections on the government's health insurance website as a new sign-up season nears.
- Watchdog agency critical of employee supplemental insurance Updated: Oct-07-15 3:59 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Supplemental insurance policies that North Carolina state agencies offer workers lack oversight, complicate decision-making and result in wasteful employee and taxpayer spending, the General Assembly's government watchdog team told lawmakers Wednesday.
- Medical board plans to revoke license of addiction doctor Updated: Oct-07-15 1:35 pm
BUTTE, Montana - The medical director of the state's chemical dependency treatment center is on paid administrative leave and faces indefinite suspension of his medical license over concerns that he may have been using some type of intoxicant.
- Customer-friendly upgrades for gov't health insurance site Updated: Oct-07-15 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON - The government's health insurance website is getting long-awaited upgrades that should help consumers find out whether their doctors and medications are covered, and get a better estimate of costs.
- Lafayette Board votes to maintain employee insurance costs Updated: Oct-02-15 12:34 pm
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - Lafayette Parish School System employees and retirees won't face any changes to their health insurance premiums or deductibles next year.
- Again? Health care debate expands for 2016 Updated: Oct-02-15 12:06 pm
WASHINGTON - America's health care debate has been called an unhealthy political obsession. But if the 2016 presidential hopefuls have any say, it's about to get bigger.
- Insurers face health overhaul losses for 2014 Updated: Oct-01-15 9:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Health insurers will lose about $2.5 billion because patients covered through President Barack Obama's health law last year were sicker than expected, according to government figures released late Thursday.
- Clarification: Mystery Ambulance Rides story Updated: Oct-01-15 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON - A Sept. 29 Associated Press story on irregularities in Medicare reimbursements to ambulance companies was accompanied by two AP photos of an ambulance operated by Cypress Creek EMS of Texas. However, The Associated Press has no evidence or indication that Cypress Creek EMS is implicated in the investigation of possible Medicare fraud.
- 4 ways companies may adjust to looming employee benefits tax Updated: Sep-30-15 5:53 pm
The taxman is coming to employer-sponsored health insurance, and his visit may trigger changes to your benefits.
- Bill OK'd to let drivers show police insurance on phone Updated: Sep-30-15 5:04 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Drivers pulled over by the police in Michigan will be able to show proof of their auto insurance on a phone or another mobile device instead of having to provide a hard copy under legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.
- Florida doctor convicted of Medicare fraud in federal court Updated: Sep-30-15 3:11 am
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Federal authorities say a central Florida doctor has been convicted of defrauding Medicare by intentionally misdiagnosing patients.
- Officials: Psychiatric hospital could lose federal funds Updated: Sep-28-15 12:28 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital could lose millions of federal dollars for failing to ensure the safety of a patient who was tied down and sedated when another patient attacked him with a shoe and fist, causing serious injuries.
- Multiple factors cause high prescription drug prices in US Updated: Sep-25-15 3:27 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Sticker-shocked patients increasingly wonder why prices for prescription drugs continue to rise in the U.S.
- Clinton plan to reduce drug costs gets shrugs from industry Updated: Sep-22-15 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's plan to rein in prescription drug prices by reshaping how drugmakers do business is being met by skepticism within the industry.
- Senate panel to examine homeowner insurance hikes Updated: Sep-20-15 10:09 am
BOSTON - A state Senate panel is examining recent hikes in homeowner insurance rates in Massachusetts.
- Feds join whistleblower suit on Stone County Hospital bills Updated: Sep-18-15 7:24 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The federal government is joining a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that owners of a Wiggins hospital unjustly bilked more than $12 million from Medicare.
- Novel plan to curb drug costs seeks candidates' attention Updated: Sep-18-15 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON - Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs. Limits on what patients pay. Requiring drug companies to disclose how much they actually spend on research.
- Man claims bias over use of HIV-blocking drug Updated: Sep-16-15 5:51 pm
BOSTON - As a gay man, the Boston attorney thought he was doing the responsible thing when he asked his doctor to prescribe Truvada, a drug hailed as a way to halt the spread of AIDS. But when he tried to get long-term care insurance, Mutual of Omaha turned him down, saying it does not offer coverage to anyone who takes the drug.
- FEMA extends deadline to review Sandy flood claims Updated: Sep-16-15 9:47 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for homeowners to challenge their Superstorm Sandy flood damage claims.
- Fire insurance premiums to drop in Holiday Village area Updated: Sep-15-15 6:38 am
ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana - The cost of fire insurance will drop for homeowners in Rapides Parish Fire District 4, the Holiday Village area.
- New health care model saving money, report says Updated: Sep-10-15 11:02 am
MIAMI - A new model of health care run by doctors and hospitals is growing and saving money in the taxpayer-funded Medicare program, according to a new report from the federal government. However, experts say most patients still don't understand how an Accountable Care Organization works.