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Supreme Court’s Next Obamacare Test to Happen a Week After Election

The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear its blockbuster clash over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 10, a week after an election in which Democrats are seeking to make health care a central focus. The …

Hawaii Survey Says Doctors Struggling Under New Payment Plan

A survey of Hawaii primary health care providers reveals struggles to stay in business following changes to compensation by the state’s largest insurer. More than 80% of providers surveyed believe the Hawaii Medical Service Association payment system is putting physicians …

COVID-19 Emergency Regulations for Health Carriers Approved in Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review has approved emergency regulations for all health carriers regulated by the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA). The following new regulations, issued by Governor Larry Hogan to control the spread …

Biden’s Reanimated Campaign Drives $48 Billion Gain for Health Insurers

Health insurers added about $48 billion in market value and led U.S. stock market gains on Wednesday after Joe Biden’s once-faltering Democratic presidential campaign was reanimated on Super Tuesday. The country’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., increased its market …

New York Insurers Required to Waive Cost-Sharing for Coronavirus Testing

The New York State Department of Financial Services is requiring New York health insurers to waive cost sharing associated with testing for novel coronavirus, including emergency room, urgent care and office visits. New Yorkers receiving Medicaid coverage will also not …

New Hampshire Woman Pleads Guilty to Demanding Money for Fake Illnesses

A New Hampshire woman has pleaded guilty to sending 12 letters demanding nearly $400,000 in compensation from restaurants and food companies after producing fake medical records saying she became seriously ill after eating their food. Forty-nine-year-old Jacqueline Masse, of Hampton, …

5 Montana Hospitals Settle Lawsuit over Employee Insurance

Five Montana hospitals are settling a lawsuit that claimed they made a deal with an insurer to inflate employee health coverage prices in return for $26 million. The hospitals, which deny wrongdoing, agreed to pay $6.9 million to employees to …

EU-Based Britons Fuel Growth in Healthcare Insurance as Post-Brexit Fears Grow

Some Britons living in the Europe Union are worried about losing access to free healthcare after Brexit, opening up a potentially lucrative new market for European health insurers. “I am indebted to France for my life,” said Beryl Roberts from …

Vermont Town Sues Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors for Damages

A Vermont town has filed suit seeking damages against opioid manufacturers and related companies. The town of Bennington is being represented by attorneys from two firms that have been involved in similar suits filed in other states. The Bennington Banner …

At $20K a Year, Health Insurance Costs Undermine Job-Based Health Insurance

The cost of family health coverage in the U.S. now tops $20,000, an annual survey of employers found, a record high that has pushed an increasing number of American workers into plans that cover less or cost more, or force …