Latest Personal health insurance News

Covered California director to step down in February

Sep. 16, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of Covered California said Thursday he will step down early next year, prompting a national search for a new leader of the nation's largest state-based health insurance marketplace. Peter Lee has been Covered California's only...

Lawmakers consider teacher pay, insurance cost for families

Sep. 15, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi public school teacher with 15 years of experience providing health insurance for their family took home just under $30,000 a year in net pay in 2020, a “shocking number,” a policy adviser with the Southern Regional Education Board told state lawmakers...

The Latest: Alaska Gov: Biden’s vaccine order 'un-American'

Sep. 10, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said President Joe Biden’s effort to require millions of U.S. workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is “ill conceived, divisive, and un-American.” “At a time in which we are called to work together, forced medical...

4 ways to manage retirement health care costs

Sep. 08, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

Health care in retirement is a big-ticket item. Experts estimate that an average 65-year-old retired couple in 2021 would need about $300,000 in after-tax savings earmarked for health care costs in their post-work life, even with Medicare, according to Fidelity. The...

Vermont health program reduced hospital stays, saved money

Sep. 03, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

The first two years of a Vermont program set up to keep patients healthier while reducing costs saved money on Medicare patients and kept more people out of the hospital, an evaluation of the program has found. The report commissioned by the Centers for Medicaid and...

COVID recession pushed Social Security insolvency up a year

Aug. 31, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sharp shock of the coronavirus recession pushed Social Security a year closer to insolvency but left Medicare’s exhaustion date unchanged, the government reported Tuesday in a counterintuitive assessment that deepens the uncertainty around the nation's bedrock...

Sutter Health paying $90M in Medicare fraud settlement

Aug. 30, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A major California-based medical provider has agreed to pay a total of $90 million to settle allegations of Medicare fraud, officials said Monday. Sacramento-based Sutter Health, northern California's largest hospital system, got inflated...

Lower-cost insurance offering for NC business gets OK

Aug. 27, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Insurance companies can offer North Carolina small businesses a different kind of health coverage that limits provider options but also attempts to reduce costs in a measure heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. The legislature gave final approval...

Hospitals, needing beds, decry Medicare Advantage practices

Aug. 20, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Stressed with too little staff and too many patients in an unrelenting COVID-19 resurgence, some hospitals in Louisiana are pressing insurance companies to ease up on requirements that can slow the transfer of recuperating patients to other facilities. ...

Groups make own drugs to fight high drug prices, shortages

Aug. 10, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

Impatient with years of inaction in Washington on prescription drug costs, U.S. hospital groups, startups and nonprofits have started making their own medicines in a bid to combat stubbornly high prices and persistent shortages of drugs with little competition. The...