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What happens when rural EMS systems need to be rescued?

Feb. 22, 2020 3:06 AM EST

UNION CITY, Pa. (AP) — The first responders’ biggest fear was realized one night in December when someone called 911 for help in rural Erie County and nobody came. The first dispatch went to Union City Fire Co. When Union City couldn’t crew its ambulance, the call rolled over to neighboring...

Georgia lawmakers look to tackle surprise medical bills

Feb. 20, 2020 9:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation that would protect some patients in Georgia from surprise medical bills that can run to tens of thousands of dollars is gaining momentum at the state Capitol. A Georgia Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require insurers in many cases to pay for care by a...

Nebraska senators advance emergency medical services bill

Feb. 20, 2020 1:17 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would prohibit Nebraska health care providers from charging patients higher, out-of-network rates for emergency services won first-round approval Thursday from state lawmakers. Senators voted 43-0 to advance the measure through the first of three required votes. Sen. Adam...

FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site in Sacramento, Calif. More than 1.5 million people in California have purchased health insurance through the taxpayer funded marketplace, Covered California, state officials announced, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. It is the first increase in enrollment after three years of decline. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Following gain, California to reopen health coverage signups

Feb. 18, 2020 4:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 1.5 million people in California have purchased health insurance through a taxpayer funded marketplace, state officials announced Tuesday, the first increase in enrollment after three years of decline. It's a 1.6% increase over last year, a jump that comes after the...

Feds: Florida doctor stole $26M to fund political ambition

Feb. 14, 2020 9:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida vascular surgeon bilked the government and health insurers of more than $26 million to possibly finance his political ambitions in his native country of Ghana, federal authorities said. Earlier this month, a federal grand jury unsealed a 58-count indictment alleging that...

Health system: Costs of doc's murder defense aren't covered

Feb. 14, 2020 1:10 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan-based health system and its insurer aren't responsible for the costs of an Ohio doctor's defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, the businesses' lawyers argued in court filings this week. Officials in the Columbus, Ohio-area Mount Carmel...

Massachusetts Senate approves mental health parity bill

Feb. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Individuals suffering from mental health issues would have access to health care on par with those suffering from physical ailments like high blood pressure or diabetes under a bill approved unanimously Thursday by the Massachusetts Senate. Supporters say the bill would help remove existing...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019, file photo, the new HealthHUB is shown inside a CVS store in Spring, Texas. CVS Health reports financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

CVS Health swings to 4Q profit, lays out leadership changes

Feb. 12, 2020 11:07 AM EST

CVS Health swung to a fourth-quarter profit and is starting the new year with a management shakeup for its largest business. The company will replace Derica Rice with Dr. Alan Lotvin as the leader of its pharmacy benefit management segment. CVS Health also named former Concerto Healthcare executive Alec...

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington, as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Seth Ducharm looks on.  Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

US says Chinese military stole masses of Americans' data

Feb. 10, 2020 10:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks...

Bill seeks parity between care for mental, physical ailments

Feb. 6, 2020 5:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled a sweeping bill Thursday aimed at making good on the state's long-held pledge to provide mental health care on a par with care for physical ailments like heart disease or a broken leg. Supporters say the bill would help remove barriers to timely care, provide...