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Ex-Con Who Wanted to Go Back to Jail for Health Care Denied

Ex-Con Who Wanted to Go Back to Jail for Health Care Denied

Zoonar/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Ex-convict Frank Morrocco brazenly walked out of a supermarket Nov. 26 with $23 in stolen items, hoping his petty theft would land him back behind bars, where he could receive treatment for his leukemia.On Monday, Mo…

Rigby Officials Seek Refuge From Health Insurance Premium Increase

Rigby Officials Seek Refuge From Health Insurance Premium Increase

RIGBY – Some cities that left Blue Cross of Idaho for what they hoped would be cheaper insurance premiums are now wishing they had stayed put. The Post Register reports thirty-nine cities joined the Idaho Independent Intergovernmental Authority program in March, in hopes of lower annual insurance premiums. Instead of lower premiums, however, some cities […]

Romney Appears to Refine Position on Pre-existing Conditions

Romney Appears to Refine Position on Pre-existing Conditions

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Mitt Romney appears to have altered his position on the Obamacare ban on denying insurance to people with pre-existing conditions in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch editorial board.“You have to deal w…

Aetna Pays Arizona Man’s Cancer Bills, After CEO Tweets with Him

Aetna Pays Arizona Man’s Cancer Bills, After CEO Tweets with Him

Courtesy Arijit Guha(NEW YORK) — Arijit Guha, an Arizona State University graduate student, returned from a trip to India with a stomach ache and only one month later learned he had Stage IV colon cancer.As tough as his diagnosis was at the age of 30,…

Free Birth Control Day: Few Will Get Co-Pay Free Contraception

Free Birth Control Day: Few Will Get Co-Pay Free Contraception

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Wednesday is a big day for birth control.  Under President Obama’s health care reform, private insurance companies have to start providing contraception for free on Aug. 1.  That means no more co-pays for…

Health Insurance Rebates: Is Your Check in the Mail?

Health Insurance Rebates: Is Your Check in the Mail?

iStockphoto/ThinkstockNEW YORK) — A new provision of the Affordable Care Act — called the Medical Loss Ratio, or the “80/20″ provision — could mean some Americans will see a rebate from their health insurance companies Wednesday.The prov…

Democrats Celebrate Co-Pay Free Birth Control

Democrats Celebrate Co-Pay Free Birth Control

Michael Matisse/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — While Democrats on Capitol Hill were celebrating a new Obamacare contraception provision, Republicans were calling again to repeal the landmark health reform law.The new rule goes into effect Wednesday that wil…

Obama Admin. Partners with Health Insurers to Prevent Fraud

Obama Admin. Partners with Health Insurers to Prevent Fraud

Tom Williams/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is partnering with major insurers in the fight against health care fraud, announcing plans today to share billing information in an effort to identify trends and halt scams.“Lots of t…

Study: Late Stage Cervical Diagnosis Linked to Lack of Insurance

Study: Late Stage Cervical Diagnosis Linked to Lack of Insurance

Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — This year, more than 12,000 women in the U.S. will be told they have cervical cancer. Over 4,000 of them will die.     Diagnosing cervical cancer in the early stages means a better cha…

Obama Admin. Extends Health Coverage to Federal Firefighters

Obama Admin. Extends Health Coverage to Federal Firefighters

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is extending health insurance to seasonal firefighters employed by the U.S. government, following a public outcry over the lack of affordable coverage for such workers.“Starting today…

Health Care Law Supporters: Carriers on PR Offensive, Hope to Send Signal to High Court

Health Care Law Supporters: Carriers on PR Offensive, Hope to Send Signal to High Court

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule until later this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, but there’s been some interesting developments as outside interest groups prepare for wh…

Scott Brown Criticized for Keeping Daughter on His Health Insurance

Scott Brown Criticized for Keeping Daughter on His Health Insurance

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(BOSTON) — After facing her own controversy for questions about her Native-American heritage, Elizabeth Warren, the likely Democratic nominee in the Massachusetts Senate race, has accused Sen. Scott…

Transgender Woman Wins Insurance Coverage for Mammogram

Transgender Woman Wins Insurance Coverage for Mammogram

Courtesy Beth Scott(NEW YORK) — Beth Scott was told by her doctor she needed a mammogram, a cancer screening that health insurance usually covers.She had the mammogram in June 2010, paying $385 out of pocket. But when she submitted the claim to her in…

White House to Announce ‘Accommodation’ on Contraception Rule

White House to Announce ‘Accommodation’ on Contraception Rule

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers, including religious organizations, to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, President Obama will announce an attempt to …

Boehner Pledges to Undo Contraception Mandate

Boehner Pledges to Undo Contraception Mandate

ABC/ Fred Watkins(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner called the Obama administration’s move to compel nearly every employer to offer insurance that covers contraceptive services, “an unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our cou…

‘Consumer Reports’ Investigates Mini-Med US Health Plans

‘Consumer Reports’ Investigates Mini-Med US Health Plans

PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Thinkstock(YONKERS, N.Y.) — Consumer Reports is warning against so-called “mini-med” health plans that offer limited protection, usually at lower cost, but with sky-high deductibles that can leave the insured paying thousands …

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