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La. woman accused of defrauding NFL fund for ex-players

Jan. 20, 2022 19:34 PM EST

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A woman who had a son with former NFL defensive lineman Norman Hand was arrested Thursday on allegations of defrauding a healthcare fund for retired players and their dependents out of about $60,000. A Louisiana State Police investigation alleges that Toni...

State to help train insurance brokers for underserved cities

Jan. 19, 2022 15:57 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut’s health care exchange announced plans Wednesday to launch a training program for licensed independent insurance brokers in the state’s three largest cities. James Michel, the chief executive of Access Health CT, said once...

What the No Surprises Act means for your medical bills

Jan. 19, 2022 07:34 AM EST

More Americans worry about unexpected medical bills than any other expense, according to polls by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2018 and 2020. Unfortunately, those bills aren’t rare: 18% of emergency visits and 16% of in-network hospital stays had at least one out-of-network...

Insurers, employers start helping more with chronic disease

Jan. 14, 2022 10:19 AM EST

Vanessa Akinniyi was stuck in denial about diabetes until a care manager from her health insurer coaxed her out. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident didn’t want to start insulin. All the medicines she tried made her sick. But Florida Blue care manager Miriam Bercier...

As omicron surges, HealthCare.gov sign-up deadline arrives

Jan. 13, 2022 19:50 PM EST

People looking for health insurance in the grip of the omicron surge have through Saturday to sign up for taxpayer-subsidized private coverage under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. President Joe Biden's administration is on track is to deliver robust enrollment numbers, but those...

California sues 'sharing ministry' health insurance plan

Jan. 12, 2022 18:59 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Wednesday sued what the state's attorney general called a sham health insurance company operating as a “health care sharing ministry” — one the state claims illegally denied members benefits while retaining as much as 84% of their payments. ...

New Mexico lawmakers, governor seek $1B spending increase

Jan. 06, 2022 20:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor and leading state legislators on Thursday proposed a $1 billion increase in general fund spending for the coming fiscal year — a roughly 14% boost aimed at shoring up access to health care, improving public education and providing new investments in...

Higher health insurance surtax among New Mexico's new laws

Dec. 31, 2021 09:41 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With the arrival of the new year, new laws are taking effect in New Mexico that aim to bolster access to health insurance and eliminate many court fines against juveniles that are viewed as counterproductive. One bill approved by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham...

Partisan sparring follows rejection of Georgia Medicaid plan

Dec. 24, 2021 13:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Biden administration's decision to revoke approval of Georgia's plan to require Medicaid recipients to meet a work requirement was jeered by top Republicans in the state but welcomed by Democrats as an opportunity for a bigger expansion of the health care program. ...

New Mexico governor signs legislation on medical malpractice

Dec. 23, 2021 14:19 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed emergency legislation to tweak New Mexico's new law on medical malpractice to head off a possible loss of insurance coverage for some health care providers. Lujan Grisham's office said she signed the legislation...