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Report Pinpoints Top Causes of Malpractice Claims Involving Nurses

For 20 years, nursing has been rated as the most trusted profession in national Gallup polls. Even so, nurses make mistakes from time to time. A new report by professional liability insurer Coverys offers insight on the kinds of errors …

Minnesota Lawmakers Reach Deal to Extend Reinsurance Program

Legislative leaders announced a bipartisan deal to extend Minnesota’s health care reinsurance program, beating a deadline by one day in a move to hold down premiums for residents who buy their health insurance on the individual market. The $700 million …

California Lawmakers to Consider Universal Healthcare Proposal

California lawmakers will start debating whether to create the nation’s first universal health care system in a key measure of whether the proposal will muster the support it needs to pass this year — and be sent to voters who …

New Insurance Laws for 2022 Sponsored by California Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the California Department of Insurance released a list of laws taking effect this year that were sponsored by Lara. New California laws related to insurance include the creation of new health coverage options for …

California Insurance Commissioner Lays Out Priorities for CPCU Crowd

Access to affordable healthcare for all, ensuring greater diversity in the insurance industry, and finding more creative solutions to deal with climate change risk were the priorities laid out by California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Thursday. Lara was discussing …

Washington Commissioner Fines Aetna for Discriminating Against Transgender Women

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler this month fined Aetna Life Insurance Co. $25,000 for discriminating against policyholders who sought gender-affirming medical treatment. In June 2019, a Washington consumer filed a complaint with Kreidler’s office that Aetna, a health insurer, denied …

Examining liability gaps for allied healthcare businesses

This post is part of a series sponsored by The Hanover Insurance Group. General and professional liability coverage is a key component of insurance protection for allied healthcare businesses. However, healthcare organizations may be unaware of common liability coverage gaps …

Utah Pharmacy Sued Over Alleged Prescription Violations

Fedral prosecutors in Utah have sued a pharmacy after claiming employees allegedly filled hundreds of opioid prescriptions for members of the same family in the small city of Morgan. The state U.S. attorney’s office filed a civil enforcement action against …

Judge Sides With Transgender Alaska Librarian in Employee Benefits Case

An Alaska healthcare plan that has excluded coverage of gender-confirming surgery for transgender employees is discriminatory, a federal judge ruled. The decision came in a 2018 case filed against the state by Jennifer Fletcher, a legislative librarian who said she …

South Africans Overpaying Healthcare with Limited Competition to Blame: Watchdog

South Africans are paying too much for private healthcare, the country’s antitrust watchdog said on Thursday, adding patients are sometimes prescribed treatments they don’t need by an industry with limited competition. Presenting its findings of a four-year investigation into the …