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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...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

Feb. 25, 2020 11:46 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has cancelled four events in south Florida set for Wednesday because of illness. Buttigieg campaign spokesman Chris Meagher says the former mayor is sick...

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...

Maryland measure would create family leave insurance pool

Feb. 24, 2020 4:59 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland workers would be able to take 12 weeks off of work to care for a new child or an ill family member through a new state-administered insurance pool that would provide partial wage replacement, under legislation that received a hearing in a House committee Monday. The measure...

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...

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AP FACT CHECK: Donald Trump and the audacity of hype

Feb. 22, 2020 8:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their boisterous presidential debate, several Democrats sold short the health care plans of rivals or glossed over aspects of their own record. In an audacious league of his own, President Donald Trump celebrated the elimination of a tax that still exists and went deep and wide in...

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...