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Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ plan reignites health care clash

Nov. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in this week’s Democratic presidential debate....

Same as it ever was: worker health benefit costs rise again

Nov. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EST

In the ever-shifting world of company-provided health insurance, here’s a constant: It keeps getting more expensive. Workers may learn that their doctor will no longer be covered or they might have to pay a higher deductible before most coverage begins. Meanwhile, the employer paying most of the insurance...

Warren pushes back on critics of her health care plan

Nov. 16, 2019 10:20 PM EST

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to first build on existing health care programs...

Idaho university won’t accept Medicaid as health insurance

Nov. 14, 2019 11:57 AM EST

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho university has stopped accepting Medicaid as health insurance coverage, forcing full-time students to buy a university-backed plan. Health plans at Brigham Young University-Idaho can be purchased for at least $81 a month for single students and up to $678 a month for a...

Indiana medical coverage lags surrounding states

Nov. 8, 2019 1:14 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana had a higher percentage of people lacking medical insurance than any neighboring state in 2018. The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday that 8.3% of the state's residents were uninsured last year, while only 5.4% were not covered in Michigan and 5.6% in Kentucky. Director of...

Tennessee Medicaid officials want more postpartum coverage

Nov. 7, 2019 8:12 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials with Tennessee's Medicaid program want to expand postpartum health insurance for low-income women. The Tennessean reports TennCare Deputy Director Stephen Smith announced at a Wednesday state budget hearing that the program hopes to expand the program current two-month...

Lawsuit filed over California dialysis clinic law on costs

Nov. 4, 2019 6:34 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal lawsuit has been filed over a California law aimed at preventing increased billing costs at dialysis clinics but that plaintiffs contend will drive up patients' medical bills. The lawsuit filed Friday in Santa Ana, California, by two nonprofits, including the American...

At transgender medicine program, patients find compassion

Nov. 4, 2019 12:47 PM EST

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — When Allison Niedzwiecki was looking for hormone replacement therapy in 2015, she knew of only two medical providers in Connecticut who offered the service. "There are providers who hear the word "transgender" and don't think they know what to do or how to get involved,"...

State must talk to Medicaid recipients before coverage drop

Nov. 2, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio residents who will face work requirements to continue receiving Medicaid health care coverage won't lose their benefits until after they have spoken to a caseworker, according to a proposed state plan. And if case workers determine eligibility should be terminated, a review will...

Expanded health coverage debated in race for insurance post

Nov. 2, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he's got more work to do as he seeks a fourth term, but Democratic challenger Robert Amos says Chaney is ignoring the most important work he should be doing — advocating for more health insurance for lower-income Mississippians. The state's chief insurance...