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Louisiana Nonprofits: Health Insurance Misinformation a Problem

Nonprofit groups preparing to help people in Louisiana sign up for insurance under the federal health care law say they have had to battle misinformation and misconceptions about the program as they prepared for the Nov. 15 opening of the …

Under Pressure, Louisiana Lowers Health Insurance Costs for State Workers

Under pressure from lawmakers and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration announced it will lessen the impact of upcoming changes for the state worker health insurance program. Increases in out-of-pocket costs and deductibles that had been planned for retirees effective March …

Arkansas Hospital Survey: More Patients Have Insurance

A survey of Arkansas hospitals found the number of patients without insurance was down during the first half of 2014 and the state’s expansion of the Medicaid program under the “private option” is said to be the reason. The Arkansas …

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 …