Insurance

'Obamacare' Sign-Ups Surge to 20 Million, Days Before Open Enrollment Closes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 20 million people have signed up for health insurance this year through the Affordable Care Act... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 20 million people have signed up for health insurance this year through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, a record-breaking figure. President Joe Biden will likely proclaim those results regularly on the campaign trail for months to... Read More

What to Know About Renters Insurance and What It Does and Doesn't Cover

NEW YORK (AP) — When the unexpected happens — whether fire, hail, or human error — renters insurance can provide much-needed... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — When the unexpected happens — whether fire, hail, or human error — renters insurance can provide much-needed stability. But many choose not to purchase coverage, including in places most frequently and hardest hit by natural disasters, new research... Read More

2023-08-21 17:21:08
by Dan McCue
Hospitality Community Under Threat Due to Soaring Liability Insurance Rates

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Three years after the coronavirus pandemic temporarily shuttered bars and restaurants across the state of South Carolina,... Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Three years after the coronavirus pandemic temporarily shuttered bars and restaurants across the state of South Carolina, soaring liquor liability insurance rates threaten to close them permanently, according to the members of a local grassroots business organization.... Read More

2023-07-25 17:38:34
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Administration Proposes New Regulations for Mental Health Insurance Providers

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration renewed controversy with insurers Tuesday by proposing a regulation that would require health insurance plans... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration renewed controversy with insurers Tuesday by proposing a regulation that would require health insurance plans to prove they are covering mental health costs at the same level as any other health care. Insurers say it... Read More

Biden Launches New Push to Limit Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday rolled out a new set of initiatives to reduce health care costs:... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday rolled out a new set of initiatives to reduce health care costs: a crackdown on scam insurance plans, new guidance to prevent surprise medical bills and an effort to reduce medical debt... Read More

2023-04-26 14:45:13
by Kate Michael
Medicaid Work Requirements Making Headway at the State Level

WASHINGTON — Every so often the idea of imposing work requirements in Medicaid comes through Congress. Well, the concept is... Read More

WASHINGTON — Every so often the idea of imposing work requirements in Medicaid comes through Congress. Well, the concept is making headway again, and this time at the state level.  Currently, Arkansas is the only state to have implemented work... Read More

Cosmetic to Critical: Blue States Help Trans Health Coverage

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For most of her life in New Mexico, Christina Wood felt like she had to hide... Read More

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For most of her life in New Mexico, Christina Wood felt like she had to hide her identity as a transgender woman. So six years ago she moved to Oregon, where she had readier access to... Read More

2023-04-19 21:10:57
by Tom Ramstack
House Panel Demands Stronger Cybersecurity in Wake of Health Records Breach

WASHINGTON — A month after cyberthieves looted a local health insurance database making off with the sensitive personal records of... Read More

WASHINGTON — A month after cyberthieves looted a local health insurance database making off with the sensitive personal records of members of Congress and thousands of others, a member of a congressional panel looking into the incident on Wednesday declared... Read More

States Confront Medical Debt That's Bankrupting Millions

DENVER (AP) — Cindy Powers was driven into bankruptcy by 19 life-saving abdominal operations. Medical debt started stacking up for... Read More

DENVER (AP) — Cindy Powers was driven into bankruptcy by 19 life-saving abdominal operations. Medical debt started stacking up for Lindsey Vance after she crashed her skateboard and had to get nine stitches in her chin. And for Misty Castaneda,... Read More

2023-03-13 17:11:28
by Tom Ramstack
Court Sides With Insurers in Denying Restaurants Coverage for Pandemic

WASHINGTON — A restaurant group lost out last week at a Washington, D.C., court in their attempt to recover lost... Read More

WASHINGTON — A restaurant group lost out last week at a Washington, D.C., court in their attempt to recover lost profits from the COVID-19 pandemic under their insurance policies. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said... Read More

2023-01-31 20:36:26
by Dan McCue
CMS Seeking to Claw Back Improper Medicare Advantage Payments

WASHINGTON — The federal government will begin auditing Medicare Advantage insurers under a new rule finalized Monday, the heightened scrutiny... Read More

WASHINGTON — The federal government will begin auditing Medicare Advantage insurers under a new rule finalized Monday, the heightened scrutiny expected to return as much as $4.7 billion to Medicare’s trust fund over the next 10 years. Watchdog groups had... Read More

Exercise Caution With Zero-Premium Medicare Advantage Plans

Health insurers will flood the Medicare Advantage market again this fall with enticing offers for plans that have no monthly... Read More

Health insurers will flood the Medicare Advantage market again this fall with enticing offers for plans that have no monthly price tag. The number of so-called zero-premium plans has been growing for years, and they can appeal to retirees who... Read More

UnitedHealth Closes Roughly $8B Deal for Change Healthcare

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth Group said Monday that it completed its acquisition of Change Healthcare, closing the roughly $8... Read More

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth Group said Monday that it completed its acquisition of Change Healthcare, closing the roughly $8 billion deal a couple weeks after a judge rejected a challenge from federal regulators. UnitedHealth is merging the technology company... Read More

2022-09-12 20:50:37
by Tom Ramstack
Maryland Court to Decide if Pandemic Requires Insurers to Cover Businesses

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's high court is expected to rule soon on whether insurers for corporations whose businesses suffered because... Read More

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's high court is expected to rule soon on whether insurers for corporations whose businesses suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic must cover the lost income. On Friday, the Maryland Court of Appeals heard arguments from fashion... Read More

Catholic Hospitals' Growth Impacts Reproductive Health Care

PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Even as numerous Republican-governed states push for sweeping bans on abortion, there is a coinciding surge... Read More

PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Even as numerous Republican-governed states push for sweeping bans on abortion, there is a coinciding surge of concern in some Democratic-led states that options for reproductive health care are dwindling due to expansion of Catholic hospital... Read More

FEMA Report: Flood Insurance Hikes Will Drive 1M From Market

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When questioned by members of Congress, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said its new update to... Read More

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When questioned by members of Congress, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said its new update to the nation's flood insurance program will prompt more people to sign up for coverage, even though many will pay more... Read More

2022-07-13 21:56:07
by Natalie McCormick
USDA Seeks to Reduce Risks to ‘Double Cropping’ Farmers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to reduce the economic risks associated with so-called double cropping,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to reduce the economic risks associated with so-called double cropping, or raising two crops on the same land in one year.  Working with its Risk Management Agency, the USDA is... Read More

2021-10-01 19:48:33
by Dan McCue
Federal Ban on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills Coming January 1

WASHINGTON -- A ban on so-called “surprise” medical bills --  unexpected, exorbitant health care bills for out-of-network care that arrive... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A ban on so-called “surprise” medical bills --  unexpected, exorbitant health care bills for out-of-network care that arrive on insured patients' doorsteps, oftentimes when they are still at their most vulnerable - is on pace to go into... Read More

2021-08-23 20:53:05
by Dan McCue
Poll: NJ Voters Want a Fiscally Responsible Congress to Tackle True Health Care Concerns

Voters in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, a traditional swing or battleground district nestled against the southeast portion of New... Read More

Voters in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, a traditional swing or battleground district nestled against the southeast portion of New York State, are united in many key respects when it comes to spending and health care reforms, a recent survey... Read More

2021-07-21 20:35:30
by Alexa Hornbeck
How COVID-19 is Changing Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The National Council on Compensation Insurance will now allow the COVID-19 pandemic to be treated as a catastrophic event in... Read More

The National Council on Compensation Insurance will now allow the COVID-19 pandemic to be treated as a catastrophic event in workers’ compensation loss cost and rate filings. “We had specifically listed some perils that we were charging for. We had... Read More

2021-02-11 15:05:23
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Uphold ACA

WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court it believes the Affordable Care Act should be upheld,... Read More

WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court it believes the Affordable Care Act should be upheld, reversing the position taken by the Trump Administration. The justices heard oral arguments in November in multiple cases involving a... Read More

As Patients Embrace Telemedicine, Health Insurers Must Act

Virtual care is the fix for a lot of what’s broken with healthcare in America today. As patients embrace the... Read More

Virtual care is the fix for a lot of what’s broken with healthcare in America today. As patients embrace the conveniences of telehealth, medical professionals are recognizing that the pandemic model is here to stay. It’s time for the insurance... Read More

2020-11-05 22:10:36
by Sean Trambley
New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option, a new study shows that it could be significantly more expensive than previously estimated. The study, released by Lanhee J.... Read More

With No Legal Guardrails for Patients, Ambulances Drive Surprise Medical Billing

School librarian Amanda Brasfield bent over to grab her lunch from a small refrigerator and felt her heart begin to... Read More

School librarian Amanda Brasfield bent over to grab her lunch from a small refrigerator and felt her heart begin to race. Even after lying on her office floor and closing her eyes, her heart kept pounding and fluttering in her... Read More

Opposition to Obamacare Becomes Political Liability for GOP Incumbents

In the 2014 elections, Republicans rode a wave of anti-Affordable Care Act sentiment to pick up nine Senate seats, the... Read More

In the 2014 elections, Republicans rode a wave of anti-Affordable Care Act sentiment to pick up nine Senate seats, the largest gain for either party since 1980. Newly elected Republicans such as Cory Gardner in Colorado and Steve Daines in... Read More

2020-06-26 13:19:50
by Dan McCue
Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court Thursday night, arguing the entire Affordable Care... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court Thursday night, arguing the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down by the Justices. Overturning the Affordable Care Act would take away health coverage for about... Read More

2020-05-05 14:56:41
by Tom Ramstack
Restaurants Sue Insurance Companies for Business Losses from Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Restaurants are filing a surge of lawsuits against insurance companies as they seek coverage for business interruptions during... Read More

WASHINGTON - Restaurants are filing a surge of lawsuits against insurance companies as they seek coverage for business interruptions during the coronavirus shutdown. The insurance companies say their business interruption policies grant them exemptions for viruses that cause no physical... Read More

2020-04-27 17:07:10
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can Collect $12 Billion From Congress for ACA Losses

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress acted unlawfully when it reneged on a commitment to shield... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress acted unlawfully when it reneged on a commitment to shield Affordable Care Act insurers from financial losses in the early years of its implementation. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices... Read More

2018-10-19 17:47:40
by TWN Staff
In the Wake of Hurricane Michael, Crist, Williams Move to Help Homeowners and Businesses Better Protect Property From Storm Damage

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, a fast-moving storm that recently devastated the Florida Panhandle, Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and ... Read More

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, a fast-moving storm that recently devastated the Florida Panhandle, Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Roger Williams (R-TX) have come together to address the high cost of... Read More

2018-10-19 17:38:38
by TWN Staff
Political Reformer Anthony Brindisi Focuses on Education, Healthcare in Bid to Unseat Incumbent Claudia Tenney

Unlike many first time Democratic candidates running for federal office this year, Anthony Brindisi is no stranger to working across ... Read More

Unlike many first time Democratic candidates running for federal office this year, Anthony Brindisi is no stranger to working across the aisle to get things done. While many of his peers have yet to hold office at any level... Read More

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