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Stories with subject: Access to health care
  • Providence to extend transition-related health coverage 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 6:02 am

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The city of Providence is extending transition-related health coverage for employees and retirees who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.

  • California considers health coverage for immigrant kids 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 8:19 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to extend health coverage to children who are in the country illegally and seek federal authorization to sell private insurance to immigrants without documentation.

  • Michigan health insurers propose higher premiums in 2016 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 12:07 am

    LANSING, Michigan - Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network, which sell medical insurance to more than half of Michigan residents who buy their own coverage under the federal health care law, are seeking 2016 premium increases that average about 10 percent, the state insurance department announced Monday.

  • Many health insurers go big with initial 2016 rate requests story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 10:55 pm

    Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.

  • NY Assembly votes for universal health coverage 
    Updated: May-27-15 7:51 pm

    ALBANY, New York - The New York Assembly voted 89-47 on Wednesday for legislation to establish publicly funded universal health coverage in a so-called single payer system.

  • Florida Senate offers health care coverage compromise 
    Updated: May-26-15 5:04 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Republican leaders in the Florida Senate offered up a revamped health care proposal Tuesday in an effort to end a budget stalemate that threatens to shut down state government, but the proposal was immediately rejected by Gov. Rick Scott and House GOP leaders.

  • Aspen-area poor having trouble with accessing health care 
    Updated: May-24-15 4:38 pm

    ASPEN, Colorado - About 4,500 county residents in the Aspen area live at or below the federal poverty level, and Pitkin County health officials are trying to find options to help the area's low-income families receive the care they need because many doctors are not accepting public health insurance.

  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue 
    Updated: May-23-15 8:36 am

    WASHINGTON - A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.

  • Effort to expand police mental health coverage progresses 
    Updated: May-22-15 6:50 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - A long-running effort to extend workers' compensation benefits to police officers who receive mental health injuries on the job cleared a key hurdle Friday after years of defeat in the General Assembly.

  • Gov. Kasich rescinds union rights for Ohio care workers 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:16 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican Gov. John Kasich on Friday rescinded a pair of directives issued by his predecessor that allowed independent home health care and child care workers under contract with the state to unionize, arguing the key union benefit of health insurance coverage is now widely available elsewhere.

  • CEO of Parsons clinic, wife charged with insurance fraud 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:06 am

    PARSONS, Tennessee - Authorities say the CEO of a Parsons clinic and his wife have been charged with insurance fraud related to a state health care coverage program for children.

  • Study: 23 pct of US adults with health coverage underinsured 
    Updated: May-20-15 5:55 pm

    Nearly a quarter of U.S. adults who were insured all last year lacked adequate protection from big medical bills based on their income, according to Commonwealth Fund research.

  • Tennessee editorial roundup 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:13 pm

    Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:

  • Board approves adding deductibles to employee health plans 
    Updated: May-19-15 6:21 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin's insurance board voted Tuesday to add deductibles and increase out-of-pocket payments in state employees' health care plans in a move designed to save an estimated $85 million over the next two years.

  • Man's claim that insurer to blame for crash costs rejected 
    Updated: May-19-15 4:17 pm

    OMAHA, Nebraska - A lower court was right to dismiss a man's claim that his auto insurance company should pay his costs in a wrongful death case for a crash he caused because the insurer didn't push him to have more coverage, the Nebraska Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

  • Florida agencies give dire warnings if government shuts down 
    Updated: May-18-15 10:10 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - State officials warned on Monday that if Florida legislators fail to reach a deal on a new state budget, everything from child abuse investigations to money for teachers could be halted in coming weeks.

  • 3 questions to help sort student health coverage choices 
    Updated: May-13-15 7:26 pm

    A key question remains for many students who've finally settled on a college destination: How will they or their parents handle health care coverage?

  • AP Interview: Pelosi predicts GOP ruin on health care case story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 7:26 pm

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi predicted Wednesday that Republicans will "rue the day" if the Supreme Court buys their arguments and invalidates tax subsidies for millions of people under President Barack Obama's health care law.

  • INSIDE WASHINGTON: No fallout for congressional health plan story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 1:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - If the Supreme Court rules the way most Republicans want in the latest health overhaul case, GOP lawmakers who now have insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's law might have some explaining to do.

  • House OKs debt option for extensive NC Beach Plan claims 
    Updated: May-12-15 5:42 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Tax-free bonds could be issued in North Carolina to help pay for catastrophic insurance claims caused by hurricanes in a bill given initial approval by the state House.

  • Feds close insurance loopholes on preventive care story has photos
    Updated: May-11-15 6:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - From contraception to colonoscopies, the Obama administration Monday closed a series of insurance loopholes on coverage of preventive care.

  • High court case will affect insurance for 20,000 in Wyoming 
    Updated: May-11-15 5:23 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The U.S. Supreme Court plans to rule soon on a legal challenge to the federal Affordable Care Act that could imperil health insurance coverage for millions of people around the country, including more than 20,000 residents of Wyoming.

  • Reports faults access to mental health care in Massachusetts 
    Updated: May-06-15 8:26 pm

    BOSTON - Despite increases in the number of Massachusetts residents covered by health insurance, barriers to mental health care remain - including low insurance reimbursement rates and clinicians who increasingly rely on clients paying out of pocket.

  • $3.5 million in federal funds given to 6 La. health centers 
    Updated: May-06-15 10:46 am

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Six Louisiana health centers have been awarded $3.5 million in federal funds.

  • Survey: More than 96 percent in state have health insurance 
    Updated: May-05-15 7:28 pm

    BOSTON - Massachusetts continues to the lead the nation in health care with more than 96 percent of residents reporting coverage despite lingering cost barriers.