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  • Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud

    07/14/2018 4:17:43 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 4 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 7-12-2018 | Chad Terhune
    Despite receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer money, Medicaid insurers are lax in ferreting out fraud and neglect to tell states about unscrupulous medical providers, according to a federal report released Thursday. The U.S. Health and Human Services’ inspector general’s office said a third of the health plans it examined had referred fewer than 10 cases each of suspected fraud or abuse to state Medicaid officials in 2015 for further investigation. Two insurers in the program, which serves low-income Americans, didn’t identify a single case all year, the report found. Some health plans terminated providers from their networks for fraud...
  • Austin firm The Zebra - the ‘Kayak for car insurance’ doubling staff size, moving HQ to E Austin

    07/13/2018 12:20:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 10, 2018 | Omar L. Gallaga
    The Zebra, an Austin company that last year raised $40 million and has been backed by Texas billionaire Mark Cuban, has big plans for 2019. The Zebra says it expects to double its workforce from about 100 employees to 200 by the end of 2019. And next summer, it expects to move into a new 40,000-square-foot set of offices in a newly constructed five-story building at 1801 E. Sixth Street. This company’s growth has come under the leadership of Keith Melnick, who was named CEO of The Zebra last year. Melnick -- one of the founders of the popular travel-reservation...
  • MetLife intends hiring more than 150 for future Omaha office (Nebraska)

    07/12/2018 11:27:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    KIOS-FM ^ | July 11, 2018 | The Associated Press
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Insurer MetLife says it intends to hire more than 150 people for its future Omaha customer service center. The Omaha World-Herald reports that New York-based MetLife said Tuesday that it expects the center to open in downtown Omaha by the end of the year. The global financial services company provides insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. A unit of MetLife earlier this year said it would move its legal domicile to Nebraska. Insurance experts say companies can save money in Nebraska because of the state's relatively low tax rate on insurance premiums....
  • CDC to research coverage gaps for gay people of color

    06/29/2018 7:13:32 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 23 replies
    Modern Healthcae ^ | 6/28/18 | Virgil Dickson
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to research whether gay and transgender people of color could receive better access to care and experience reduced HIV infection rates if they discuss insurance coverage with their providers earlier. The agency is seeking approval from the White House's Office of Management and Budget to launch the study in Chicago, focusing on black and Hispanic males who have sex with men and transgender persons. The CDC will work with community partners to help people connect to coverage. Gay men accounted for 81% of new HIV infections among males and 65% of all...
  • New Lake Mary call center to create 260 high-wage jobs (Florida)

    06/27/2018 1:46:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Orlando Business Journal ^ | June 27, 2018 | Susan Lundine
    A national leader in health insurance plans to create 125 Central Florida jobs immediately and more than 260 over the next 12 months As Florida’s senior population continues to grow, Connecticut-based Medicare sales and marketing firm HealthPlan One, known as HPOne, will open a new call center in Lake Mary this summer, its third location in Florida. The other two are in Tampa and St. Petersburg, where the company has more than 350 workers combined. The firm also has two Arizona locations. Over the next three months, the company plans to hire 125 positions as it ramps up the new...
  • Looking for Health Insurance in NYS, Keep Getting Pointed to "The Marketplace"

    06/27/2018 10:13:34 AM PDT · by CaptainPhilFan · 29 replies
    6/27/18 | No one Special
    Hi All. Here's the situation. Hubs and I live in NY. I am not working, and he was part of a mass lay off 3 weeks ago. We need health insurance. COBRA will cost $1100+ per month and that is not doable. We looked into the much-fabled Medishare. To be a member you must profess faith and give them the name of your church. We have faith but no church. Some off-shoot, Aliera (?), isn't as strict, but kinda shady. Any other insurance company points to the Marketplace, where we will not go because, without income we'll be shoved onto...
  • Michael Caputo Discusses FBI Set-up and Perjury Trap (Radio Interview)

    06/18/2018 4:52:48 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    WBEN Talk Radio ^ | 06 18 2018 | yesthatjallen
    Michael Caputo: INVESTIGATING THE DEMOCRAT DECEPTION In late May 2016, a man calling himself Henry Greenberg contacted Trump advisors Michael Caputo and Roger Stone offering negative information on Hillary Clinton. Both Stone and Caputo refused Greenberg’s offer, but in his May 2, 2018 interview with the Office of Special Counsel, Caputo noted the Mueller team knew far more than he did about the Greenberg approach. This set off alarms. Following his OSC interview, Michael Caputo deployed the financial resources of the Michael Caputo Legal Fund to investigate Henry Greenberg in the United States and Russia. The results of this investigation...
  • Insurance hiring booms despite talent shortage

    06/03/2018 1:32:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Insurance Business Magazine ^ | May 10, 2018 | Lyle Adriano
    A new survey has revealed that while the insurance industry has posted record hiring numbers, insurers appear to have difficulty securing new talent.’s “2018 Insurance Industry Employment and Hiring Outlook Survey” noted that the issue is far more complicated than it seems. “Insurance employers were very clear this year. They are having a difficult time finding experienced talent not only to keep up with new job requisitions but to replace retirees and short-term millennial workers who are only staying 12-18 months,” said president and co-founder Scott Kotroba. Kotroba added that with the record employment numbers and a huge...
  • The Incalculable Cost of Insurance

    05/28/2018 1:44:52 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/18 | Dr. Sam Clovis
    I wonder if the perpetrators of this horrific set of actions ponder the price that will eventually be paid for their “insurance” policy. I doubt they care I am that guy. Yes, I am the individual who put together the Trump Campaign national advisory committee on national security and foreign policy. Yes, I am the one who recruited Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. Yes, I have given countless hours of testimony to a four-pack of investigations. And most important of all—not a single shred of evidence has presented itself that would indicate that anyone in the Trump campaign had anything...
  • Uninsured Rate Stays Flat at Nearly 30 Million

    05/22/2018 5:37:28 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 12 replies
    MedPage ^ | 5-22-2018 | Joyce Frieden
    A total of 29.3 million Americans (9.1%) were uninsured in 2017 -- not a big change from 2016, but down by 19.3 million from 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, a government survey found. Among ethnic groups, Hispanic adults made up the large percentage of the uninsured, at 27.2%, followed by black at 14.1%, non-Hispanic whites at 8.5%, and Asians at 7.6%. All four of these groups had significant drops in their uninsured populations from 2013 through 2017, the survey found. Of those adults under age 65 with private health insurance, 3.7% were covered by plans...
  • A dying mother's plea for her life.

    05/14/2018 2:48:26 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | March 13th 2018 | Wayne Drash
    All Erika Zak wants to do is play with her daughter on the playground. Take her to the zoo. Walk her to school. She's never been able to be the mother she longs to be. At 38, Erika is dying. Her battle to live began almost as soon as her daughter, Loïe, was born four years ago, when Erika was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer that had spread to her liver. The cancer was removed from her colon and, her doctors say, she responded well to treatment. But a microwave ablation surgery last year to remove two tumors...
  • A dying mother’s plea for her life

    05/13/2018 5:40:24 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    WTRV ^ | 13 May 2018
    At 38, Erika is dying. Her battle to live began almost as soon as her daughter, Loïe, was born four years ago, when Erika was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer that had spread to her liver... Weeks passed until the company reached a decision. Despite her plea, the answer was the same: Denied... “The opinion of the experienced Cleveland Clinic multidisciplinary liver transplant committee (is) that liver transplantation would prolong this young patient’s life substantially, and that there is NO other treatment alternative that could match this outcome at this point in time.”... It was their UHC rep...
  • How to Make America's Health-care System Great Again

    05/11/2018 6:22:55 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 14 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | May 11, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    Here’s a simple idea to help lower healthcare costs: Publish prices. A bipartisan group of state lawmakers in Colorado is pushing a bill to do precisely that. The Comprehensive Health Care Billing Transparency Act would allow Coloradans to see the true price of any health service they use—exams, procedures, prescriptions—before they undertake treatment. If passed, the legislation would mandate that hospitals and other facilities disclose the base fees they charge for specific services “before applying any discounts, rebates, or other charge adjustment mechanisms.” Every bill sent to a patient would need to include an itemized list, which would allow patients...
  • Federal program meant to help flood victims spends millions fighting claims

    05/01/2018 6:02:43 AM PDT · by ptsal · 6 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 30-Apr-2018 | Jeff Glor, Megan Towey & Kristin Steve
    For the last two years, Richard and Linda Brown have been living in a shell of a home -- no insulation, drywall or flooring -- while trying to raise four kids. Their house in Louisiana was destroyed by floodwaters in 2016. At the time they didn't panic, because they had a flood insurance policy worth $168,000. To date, they've received less than half of that -- around $62,000. "We pay into this premium, and all I want is [it] just to be fair, and we weren't getting fair," Linda said. Two years later, they're living in a house that's still...
  • Disability and Life Insurance

    04/16/2018 1:05:56 AM PDT · by Washi · 26 replies
    Self ^ | 4/16/18 | washi
    I have questions concerning short and long term disability, life insurance and employment. The questions will require a lot of set-up and will contain a lot of personal information. If you don't feel like reading to the end and providing your best guest as to serious answers, please don't feel pressured to stick around. I have cancer. Back in the fall of 2016, I was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer; by that time, the initial tumor was 14cm long, and 7cm in both height and width, and other tumors had spread to my femurs, pelvic bone and spine. During...
  • Insuring pit bulls, State Farm pays out double the norm for dog attacks

    04/09/2018 4:35:00 PM PDT · by Norski · 6 replies
    Animals 24-7 ^ | April 8, 2018 | Merritt Clifton
    Policies on other breeds subsidize pit bull owners BLOOMINGTON, Illinois––State Farm, both the leading U.S. property-and-casualty insurance company and among the few that cover pit bulls, paid out a record $132 million in 2017 to settle dog attack claims. State Farm released this information in a prepared statement recognizing Dog Bite Prevention Week 2018, April 8-14. The State Farm payout appears to have been nearly twice as much as if . . .
  • Guns and Health Care

    04/07/2018 6:33:47 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 13 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | April 7, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    Liberals are staunch promoters of mandatory, single-payer health-care insurance. Yet, they are firmly opposed to the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. This is complete hypocrisy. The first line of defense of your life is not health insurance. It is the right to keep and bear arms. Nothing quite protects the health and well-being of you and your loved ones like "packing heat." It is the first line of defense in insuring the health of you and your family. Health insurance is all well and good, but it won't stop a stark-raving lunatic from harming you...
  • Insurer Chubb says will stop underwriting NRA insurance for gun owners

    02/23/2018 3:12:38 PM PST · by Patriotic1 · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/23/2018 | Reuters Staff
    Insurer Chubb Ltd on Friday said that it will stop underwriting a National Rifle Association-branded insurance policy for gun owners. Chubb gave notice three months ago of its plan to stop participating in the NRA insurance program, known as “NRA Carry Guard,”
  • The GOP’s Coming Obamacare Capitulation

    02/05/2018 10:51:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    NRO (I know, but this one might be worth it) ^ | 2/5/18 | Doug Badger, Marie Fishpaw & Michael Needham
    If conservatives don’t coalesce behind a new repeal plan soon soon, they will find themselves bystanders as their Republican colleagues link arms with Democrats. ... a concoction of two bills. The first, championed by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D., Wash.), would appropriate cost-sharing-reduction payments to insurers. The second, sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), would give insurers an additional $10 billion (and perhaps more) in federal cash.
  • 9 States Considering Individual Mandate Rules

    02/04/2018 11:17:14 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/03/17 | Max Greenwood
    Nine states are considering laws that would require their residents to purchase health insurance, the The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The proposals come less than two months after Republicans, as part of a sweeping tax code overhaul, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate requiring individuals to have health insurance.  Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a law requiring residents to buy health insurance. California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, are also considering similar proposals, according to the Journal report.  The ACA's individual mandate was implemented...