Latest Health care costs News

Court tosses $300,000 hospital bill for promised $1,300 tab

May. 19, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman who expected to pay about $1,300 for spinal fusion surgery but was billed more than $300,000 by a suburban Denver hospital that included charges it never disclosed she might be liable for. This week’s ruling...

Family suing widow of late US lawmaker for medical expenses

May. 18, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Family members of the late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota say his widow, Jennifer Carnahan, who is running to replace her husband in Congress, hasn't come through on a promise to pay them back medical expenses related to his cancer treatments. Carnahan calls...

Arkansas sues drug companies over high insulin prices

May. 11, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Wednesday sued several drug manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers over the cost of insulin for diabetes, accusing the companies of conspiring to inflate the price of the medication. The lawsuit filed in state court accuses manufacturers...

COVID coverage for all dries up even as hospital costs rise

May. 06, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the U.S. came close to providing health care for all during the coronavirus pandemic — but for just one condition, COVID-19. Now, things are reverting to the way they were as federal money for COVID care of the uninsured dries up, creating a...

COVID coverage for all dries up even as hospital costs rise

May. 05, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the U.S. came close to providing health care for all during the coronavirus pandemic — but for just one condition, COVID-19. Now, things are reverting to the way they were as federal money for COVID care of the uninsured dries up, creating a...

Michigan Legislature approves crime victim fund expansion

May. 04, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eligibility for a Michigan fund that reimburses crime victims and their survivors for health care costs and funeral expenses would be expanded under a bill passed Wednesday by the Legislature. Michigan has the lowest application rate nationally for accessing...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 03, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

Indianapolis Business Journal. April 29, 2022. Editorial: Being tax-friendly just isn’t enough for Indiana to compete As we reported on page 1A of the April 29 issue, Eli Lilly and Co. CEO David Ricks sparked conversation last week when he said during a talk at a...

Change at the top for Biogen after Alzheimer's drug flops

May. 03, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

Biogen will replace its CEO and largely abandon marketing of its controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm less than a year after the medication's launch triggered a backlash from experts, doctors and insurers. CEO Michel Vounatsos will continue to lead the Biogen until a successor is...

Q&A: Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe on how to help Ukraine

Apr. 29, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

Thomas Tighe says helping Ukrainians can generally be done by using existing aid strategies. It’s just a matter of scale and adapting to circumstances on the ground. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Tighe and the nonprofit humanitarian medical organization Direct Relief,...

Pharmacist gets 10 years for $180M health care fraud scheme

Apr. 26, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Mississippi pharmacist has been sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison for a $180 million health insurance fraud scheme involving unnecessary prescriptions for expensive pain creams and other medications. Mitchell...