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Optum again a big revenue driver for UnitedHealth in 2021

Jan. 19, 2022 10:27 AM EST

UnitedHealth Group's fourth-quarter profit soared as the nation's largest health insurance provider branched deeper into offering care as well as covering the bills. The health care giant said Wednesday that operating earnings from its Optum division grew nearly 10% to $3.4 billion...

New initiative will combat healthcare fraud in West Virginia

Jan. 19, 2022 09:58 AM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Officials have launched a new initiative to combat health care fraud in West Virginia, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said. State and federal agencies gathered at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wheeling on Tuesday for the first meeting of the Mountaineer...

What the No Surprises Act means for your medical bills

Jan. 19, 2022 07:34 AM EST

More Americans worry about unexpected medical bills than any other expense, according to polls by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2018 and 2020. Unfortunately, those bills aren’t rare: 18% of emergency visits and 16% of in-network hospital stays had at least one out-of-network...

Interim UConn president, UConn Health CEO leaving next month

Jan. 14, 2022 11:42 AM EST

STORRS (AP) — The interim president of the University of Connecticut and the CEO of UConn Health announced Friday he is stepping down next month to accept a new position at the health insurer Humana Inc. Dr. Andrew Agwunobi has led UConn since July 2021 and UConn Health since 2014....

Insurers, employers start helping more with chronic disease

Jan. 14, 2022 10:19 AM EST

Vanessa Akinniyi was stuck in denial about diabetes until a care manager from her health insurer coaxed her out. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident didn’t want to start insulin. All the medicines she tried made her sick. But Florida Blue care manager Miriam Bercier...

NC woman pleads guilty to healthcare fraud conspiracy

Jan. 14, 2022 08:21 AM EST

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring with the owner of a pharmacy and others to bill fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers, a federal prosecutor says. Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of...

New Hampshire committee takes up competing vaccine bills

Jan. 13, 2022 13:43 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Vaccination against COVID-19 would be either outlawed or encouraged under competing bills heard by a Senate committee Thursday. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing on a bill that would prohibit K-12 schools or day care centers...

California sues 'sharing ministry' health insurance plan

Jan. 12, 2022 18:59 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Wednesday sued what the state's attorney general called a sham health insurance company operating as a “health care sharing ministry” — one the state claims illegally denied members benefits while retaining as much as 84% of their payments. ...

Home COVID tests to be covered by insurers starting Saturday

Jan. 10, 2022 21:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising...

California Democrats revive universal health care bill

Jan. 06, 2022 20:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What could be the nation's first universal health care system found new life on Thursday after California Democrats proposed steep tax hikes to pay for it, prompting strong opposition from insurers, doctors and Republicans at the start of an election year. ...