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Fort Wayne Schools Cutting Hours Over Insurance

One of Indiana’s largest school districts is cutting the hours of 610 part-time teaching aides and cafeteria workers to save money and to avoid providing them health insurance under the federal health care overhaul, its chief financial officer said. The …

Study Shows Medical Claims Cost Increasing in Delaware

A new study says medical claims costs in Delaware will increase by almost 30 percent for individual policies under President Obama’s health care reform plan. The report released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries says medical claims costs in Delaware …

Report: Massachusetts to See Drop in Medical Claims Costs

Medical claims costs are expected to soar in many states under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Massachusetts is an exception. A new study by the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts, the Society of Actuaries, has found that …

Washington Weighs First Abortion Insurance Mandate In US

In 1970, Washington became the first – and remains the only – state in the country to legalize elective abortions by a popular vote. A generation later, and 40 years removed from the landmark United States Supreme Court Roe v. …

A University Health System Says It Will Stop Hiring Smokers in Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania Health System says it plans to stop hiring smokers and tobacco users. The policy starts in July at a system that includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Applicants must be tobacco free for six …

New York Recruiting Insurers for Health Benefit Exchange

New York has started recruiting insurance companies to provide coverage through the New York Health Benefit Exchange created under national health care reforms. The exchange says that plans must provide comprehensive health insurance coverage, follow limits on out-of-pocket expenses and …

California Insurance Chief Criticizes Anthem Rate Hike

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones called Anthem Blue Cross’ proposed rate hike for some of its small-group members is unreasonable, but the insurer says the increase reflects the rising cost of health care. Jones said that, unlike insurance regulators in …

Only 15 States Plan to Operate Own Health Insurance Exchanges

Only 15 U.S. states plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama’s reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting prospect of creating and operating the new online marketplaces in at least two-thirds of the country. On the eve …

Colorado Moving To Curb Health Insurance Costs

Colorado officials say health care reform has given them the power to curb insurance rate hikes. Those curbs helped the state block a 24 percent increase request by Cigna. According to the Denver Post Cigna wanted to raise rates for …

Benefits Extended For Fallen Arizona Officers’ Families

A recent change by Glendale, Ariz. officials will extend the city’s discounted health insurance benefits for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. Jim Brown, the city’s interim human-resources director, told The Arizona Republic that the plight …