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Mass. Health Insurers Offer Online Tools to Compare Medical Procedure Prices

Massachusetts health insurers have recently begun providing online cost-estimator tools that allow consumers to compare prices of medical procedures by various health care providers, as required by a transparency provision in the state’s 2012 healthcare cost containment law. In addition, …

Best Report: Spain’s Insurance Market Remains Profitable

As Spain’s economy shows signs of improvement, there are indications that the decline in the country’s non-life insurance market has slowed in 2014, aided by growth in the health insurance sector, according to a new A.M. Best special report. This …

Kansas City Medical Center to Stop Refusing Health Insurance for Crash Injuries

Truman Medical Center in Kansas City has agreed to stop rejecting health insurance for some patients injured in auto accidents in order to collect more money from other sources, according to court records. The agreement, which still must be approved …

Vermont Health Connect Website Temporarily Shut Down

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the state is temporarily shutting down the Vermont Health Connect website so it can be fixed before the start of the next enrollment period in November. Shumlin and other state officials said at a Tuesday …

Alcoa, Others, Moving Some Retirees to Exchanges for Health Insurance

Alcoa Inc. is sending its white-collar retirees to a private exchange to shop for health insurance as the aluminum maker joins the growing ranks of large companies looking for ways to control benefit costs. The move by Pittsburgh, Penn.-based Alcoa …

Health Care Spending in Massachusetts Rising Faster Than Inflation

A new report says health care spending in Massachusetts continues to grow faster than the rate of inflation. The report is from the Center for Health Information and Analysis, created under Massachusetts state law in 2012 to monitor health care …

Audit Planned of Troubled Vermont Health Connect

The Vermont state auditor’s office will be doing an audit of the actions taken to fix the state’s troubled online health insurance marketplace. Auditor Doug Hoffer sent a letter to state officials last week. The state announced earlier this month …

400,000 Mass. Residents Must Reapply for Health Coverage

Massachusetts is launching a major effort to reach out to almost 400,000 residents who must reapply for health insurance because they were enrolled in temporary plans after the state’s health care marketplace website crashed last year. State officials fear that …

Massachusetts Will Keep State-Based Health Website

Massachusetts officials overseeing the state’s hobbled health care exchange decided last Friday to stick with new software designed to upgrade the website rather than switching over to the federal government’s health insurance market. For the past several months the state …

Poll: Only Kansas Sees Big Jump in Those Without Health Insurance

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas is the only state in the nation to see a significant increase in its uninsured rate for health coverage this year, while states that adopted parts of the Affordable Care Act have seen the …