Is Your Health Insurance Company Tracking Your Diet and Exercise Habits?

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Vitality Health is using big data and the Internet of Things to learn more about customer lifestyles. A health insurance company is considering using similar tracking concepts to the auto coverage industry. Vitality Health believes that its policyholders will be willing to exchange their healthy lifestyle data for incentives. The idea is to reward those with healthier lifestyles with discounts, thereby encouraging healthier habits. The health insurance company is hoping to change the way people are viewing wellness. They are aiming to offer discounts to individuals who live healthier lifestyles.…

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Men taking Truvada often rejected for disability insurance policy

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Instances men turned down for coverage based on HIV prevention use are increasingly common. Americans taking the prescription drug Truvada are finding it harder to purchase a disability insurance policy. Truvada is an HIV prevention drug meant to help protect a user from becoming infected. The Affordable Care Act bans health insurance companies from discriminating based on sexual orientation. That said, the states themselves each have their own regulations for what is allowed to determine eligibility for certain specific types of coverage such as life, long-term care, or a disability…

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Health insurance trends may be driving opioid epidemic

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A recent Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Study measured this effect. Health insurance trends toward greater popularity of coverage may be pushing along the opioid epidemic. The reason, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study, the reason is that the majority of private insurers as well as Medicare and Medicaid aren’t doing enough to stop it. The study examined coverage policies from major health insurance companies in 2017. The researchers looked into what the policies offered in terms of coverage for treating chronic lower…

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Doctors seek alternatives to having to accept health insurance

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A growing trend is sending doctors to use monthly membership fees instead of payments from insurers. A growing number of doctors are refusing to accept health insurance in favor of other systems such as monthly membership fees. This has been a response to challenges that they have faced with insurers as well as struggles they’ve seen among their patients. Doctors feel held back by a system encouraging them to consistently see high patient numbers. Struggles with claims processes and rising costs have also frustrated their patients. Doctors feel as though…

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Mayo Clinic downsizing leads to heath insurance unit sale

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Corporate downsizing has led the highly reputed organization to take a new direction with its coverage. The Mayo Clinic has sold its health insurance unit in western Wisconsin. Patients covered by those policies will be offered a new option for their coverage. The policyholders were not without warning as the Mayo Clinic has been discussing it for years. The Mayo Clinic sold its health insurance unit to WEA Trust, a public employee insurer. The academic medical center decided within the last couple of years that it would put its health…

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Veterans health insurance may be dropped by 600,000 in 2017

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More than half a million vets could find themselves without coverage, say researchers. New research from the (left-leaning) Urban Institute has said 600,000 veterans health insurance policies may cease next year. The reason, said the report, is that in 19 states, Medicaid is not expanding enough to cover the vets. Even with the Medicaid expansion that has already occurred, there continue to be hundreds of thousands of uninsured. The Urban Institute has cautioned that unless the 19 states that have continued to withhold the expansion broaden their programs, there will…

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