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A fraud case against Trump? Not a slam dunk, experts say

Jan. 19, 2022 18:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Donald Trump punctuated his reality TV spiels and presidential speeches with claims that his business and his many gold-plated properties were “huge,” “amazing,” the biggest and the best. Now the New York attorney general’s office says it has...

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...

Optum again a big revenue driver for UnitedHealth in 2021

Jan. 19, 2022 10:27 AM EST

UnitedHealth Group's fourth-quarter profit soared as the nation's largest health insurance provider branched deeper into offering care as well as covering the bills. The health care giant said Wednesday that operating earnings from its Optum division grew nearly 10% to $3.4 billion...

New initiative will combat healthcare fraud in West Virginia

Jan. 19, 2022 09:58 AM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have launched a new initiative to combat health care fraud in West Virginia, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said. State and federal agencies gathered at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wheeling on Tuesday for the first meeting of the Mountaineer...

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...

Interim UConn president, UConn Health CEO leaving next month

Jan. 14, 2022 11:42 AM EST

STORRS (AP) — The interim president of the University of Connecticut and the CEO of UConn Health announced Friday he is stepping down next month to accept a new position at the health insurer Humana Inc. Dr. Andrew Agwunobi has led UConn since July 2021 and UConn Health since 2014....

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 14, 2022 11:28 AM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Experts say Viagra isn’t a known...

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...

NC woman pleads guilty to healthcare fraud conspiracy

Jan. 14, 2022 08:21 AM EST

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring with the owner of a pharmacy and others to bill fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers, a federal prosecutor says. Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of...

New Hampshire committee takes up competing vaccine bills

Jan. 13, 2022 13:43 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Vaccination against COVID-19 would be either outlawed or encouraged under competing bills heard by a Senate committee Thursday. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing on a bill that would prohibit K-12 schools or day care centers...