Archive for March, 2011

Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital.

March 31, 2011
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Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital.

  A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation – at her own hospital. Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and...
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The Comparative Roles of Navigators and Producers In an Exchange What are the Issues?

March 29, 2011
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The Comparative Roles of Navigators and Producers In an Exchange What are the Issues?

CALL 512-963-5000 FOR ALL YOUR OPTIONS IN AND OUT OF THE EXCHANGE. The purpose of this document is to identify and discuss issues surrounding the traditional role of Producers1 in the solicitation, sale, negotiation and servicing of health insurance in the individual and small group markets as compared to the expected role of Navigators2...
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The NAIC task force set up to look at the MLR’s affect on broker commissions is going to hold a public hearing in Austin TX March 27th.

March 28, 2011
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The NAIC task force set up to look at the MLR’s affect on broker commissions is going to hold a public hearing in Austin TX March 27th.

  Professional Health Insurance Advisors (EX) Task Force 2011 Charge The Executive Committee Task Force on Professional Health Insurance Advisors shall work in an expedient manner to identify, analyze and recommend options to the Executive Committee for addressing the negative impacts on health insurance brokers/agents, insurance consumers and insurance markets, prior to and as...
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Aetna sues over $59K ultrasound bill

March 24, 2011
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Aetna sues over $59K ultrasound bill

Hartford managed care provider Aetna Inc. is suing six New Jersey doctors over medical bills it calls “unconscionable,” including $56,980 for a bedside consultation and $59,490 for an ultrasound that typically costs $74, Bloomberg News reports. The lawsuits could help determine what pricing limits insurers can impose on “out-of-network” physicians who don’t have contracts...
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Texas House committee approves health care bills

March 24, 2011
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Texas House committee approves health care bills

  A Texas House committee, defying Washington, has approved legislation opposing elements of the sweeping federal health care legislation signed by President Barack Obama last year. One of the bills, approved Tuesday, says Texans do not have to buy health insurance, as the law would require for many Americans beginning in 2014. The health...
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Republicans pushing Texas Health Insurance care opt-out bills

March 17, 2011
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Republicans pushing Texas Health Insurance care opt-out bills

  AUSTIN, Texas — Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation to oppose federal health care mandates in Texas. Asserting national-like sovereignty in some cases, the lawmakers were debating a variety of bills Thursday in a state House Committee aimed at the sweeping federal health care legislation signed by President Barack Obama last year. Many Republican...
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Texas: One in three don’t have Health Insurance

March 14, 2011
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Texas: One in three don’t have Health Insurance

  Texas, where three out of 10 adults do not have health insurance, has the highest uninsured rate, a U.S. poll indicates. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, conducted from January through December 2011, involving more than 350,000 interviews with U.S. adults from all states, indicates Mississippi and Louisiana have high rates of uninsured residents, with...
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Insured losses from Japan quake could hit $35 billion

March 13, 2011
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Insured losses from Japan quake could hit $35 billion

  The earthquake that devastated parts of northern Japan caused as much as $35 billion in insured property losses, a figure that would mark Friday’s quake as the costliest ever for the insurance industry even before the effects of the tsunami are factored in, according to a disaster-modeling company. While the actual cost of...
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Control of Texas’ health care system would revert to state under proposal from Rep. Lois Kolkhorst challenging Obamacare

March 11, 2011
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Control of Texas’ health care system would revert to state under proposal from Rep. Lois Kolkhorst challenging Obamacare

  Rep. Lois Kolkhorst has filed a bill asking that Texas join other states in wresting control of their health care systems from the federal government. In House Bill 5 by Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, Texas becomes the eighth state in which legislators are using Constitutional grounds to form interstate health care compacts that would supersede...
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Preemie birth preventive drug spikes from $10 to $1,500

March 10, 2011
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Preemie birth preventive drug spikes from $10 to $1,500

  A drug for high-risk pregnant women has cost about $10 to $20 per injection. Next week, the price shoots up to $1,500 a dose, meaning the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000. That’s because the drug, a form of progesterone given as a weekly shot, has been made...
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Budget cuts could hit retired teachers’ Texas health insurance

March 3, 2011
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Budget cuts could hit retired teachers’ Texas health insurance

  A possible spike in teacher retirements could drain the state fund that provides retiree health care within the next two-year budget, senators were told on Wednesday. As school districts have amped up their talk of layoffs in recent weeks, there is a growing sense that the number of teachers who choose to retire...
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Why Should I Buy Texas Health Insurance?

March 2, 2011
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Why Should I Buy Texas Health Insurance?

  As judges around the U.S. weigh the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — Obama’s sweeping health care reform law — it’s worth asking how Europe navigated the same questions. The problem in most state challenges to the new law is the un-American-sounding mandate, the requirement that everyone in the nation must buy...
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Obama To Governors: Opt Out of Health Law If You Can Do Better

March 2, 2011
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Obama To Governors: Opt Out of Health Law If You Can Do Better

  President Obama is moving to quell a rebellion among the ranks of the nation’s governors, who want more of a say in how billions of dollars in shared health care dollars are spent. At a working session Sunday, several governors called for turning the joint federal-state Medicaid program into a system of “block...
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