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Maine close to barring waiting periods for kids' dental care

Feb. 27, 2020 1:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has approved a law change that would stop insurance companies from imposing waiting periods before they cover tooth decay treatment in children. The Senate approved Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn's proposal on Tuesday. She said the waiting periods put children at...

Colorado health care provider ends community alliance talks

Feb. 26, 2020 4:59 PM EST

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's largest health care provider ended negotiations to enter a community health care alliance in southwest Colorado. Centura Health has effectively dropped out of negotiations to collaborate with Southwest Health Alliance to negotiate rates with insurers and provide plans...

FILE- In this Jan. 22, 2018, file photo a shopper scans an Amazon Go app on a cellphone while entering an Amazon Go store in Seattle. You expect your car insurance rates to increase after you buy a new vehicle, cause a crash or add a young driver to your policy. But some insurers jack up prices based on seemingly unrelated data — like your magazine subscriptions or what groceries you buy.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

How auto insurers use your nondriving habits to raise prices

Feb. 26, 2020 3:36 PM EST

You expect your car insurance rates to increase after you buy a new vehicle, cause a crash or add a young driver to your policy. But some insurers jack up prices based on seemingly unrelated data — like your magazine subscriptions or what groceries you buy. Even if you have a clean driving record and have...

Georgia bill aims for transparency in health care pricing

Feb. 25, 2020 2:43 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill advancing at the state Capitol in Georgia would allow patients to compare prices for a medical procedure, get an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs and assess the quality of doctors. The state Senate voted 51-1 Tuesday in favor of the “Georgia Right to Shop Act, ”...

Some doctors worried by Indiana 'surprise' billing proposal

Feb. 25, 2020 1:55 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some Indiana doctors are raising fears about possible loss of emergency services under a plan to limit “surprise” medical bills that can plague patients who have been unknowingly treated by providers from outside their insurance networks. The proposed state law is a top...

Lawmakers working on tick-borne disease testing bill

Feb. 25, 2020 10:43 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers in New Hampshire are working on a bill that would require more insurance coverage for people who get tick-borne disease testing. Rep. Megan Murray, a first-term Democrat from Amherst, said her constituents have told her that doctors often prioritize testing for Lyme disease...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, Chairman of the Finance Committee, speaks to the media while gathered with other Senate leaders during the first day of the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Hufstetler sponsored a bill that would protect some patients from receiving unexpected medical bills. The legislation, which passed unanimously, would require insurers in many cases to pay for care by a doctor or at a hospital that is not within their network of medical providers. It also would limit patient liability for any costs. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Georgia Senate passes bill to limit surprise medical bills

Feb. 24, 2020 1:24 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s state Senate passed legislation Monday that would protect some patients from receiving unexpected medical bills. The legislation, passed unanimously, would require insurers in many cases to pay for care by a doctor or at a hospital that is not within their network of medical...

In this Jan. 11, 2020, photo first responder Brandon Smitley looks at a GPS map on his phone trying to find the correct address for a welfare check in Uniontown, Pa.. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

What happens when rural EMS systems need to be rescued?

Feb. 24, 2020 10:36 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...

Lawsuit: 52 people faked Uber accidents for insurance money

Feb. 20, 2020 9:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina residents deliberately caused hit-and-run accidents while in Uber rides as part of an insurance scam, a car insurance company says in a lawsuit. The lawsuit from James River Insurance says 52 people were involved in an insurance scheme that cost the company more...

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...