Cancer insurance coverage is not consistent for keeping hair during chemo

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Patients no longer need to lose their hair from chemotherapy, but insurers don’t always pay for it. New treatments are now available to stop hair loss as a chemotherapy side effect, but many cancer insurance policies are not covering it. Oncologists feel that, especially for women, this is an important technique to ensure people get well. “Several patients have told me it’s one of the worst side effects of their treatment. It can affect them really badly psychosocially. Some patients have even refused lifesaving chemotherapy because they don’t want to…

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State health care study ranks insurance coverage across the country

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A new data analysis has revealed the best and worst performing states for U.S. health insurance. Vermont currently boasts the best state health care system, whereas Louisiana’s is the very worst, according to a new study conducted by WalletHub.com. CDC data shows that 88.1 percent of Americans have access to regular medical care. That said, despite the availability of state health care for most Americans, the quality and cost of those services varies greatly across the country. Depending on the individual state, there is a significant difference in the population’s…

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New York single payer health care gets Cynthia Nixon’s Nod

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The state governor candidate has endorsed it as a component of her challenge against Gov. Cuomo. Candidate for New York Governor, Cynthia Nixon, has added her endorsement to a state-wide single payer health care system. This strategy is meant to build her challenge against Governor Andrew Cuomo (D). Nixon released a video in which she described the health care system and why she believes in it. “Health care should be a human right, not a privilege for those who can afford it,” said Nixon in her video discussing single payer…

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Charges laid in massive health insurance scam worth $1M in fraud

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A Florida man has been charged with impersonating a New Jersey doctor to make falsified claims. A Florida man is now facing charges in a massive health insurance scam. To swindle his insurance company out of about a million dollars, he allegedly assumed the identity of a doctor in New Jersey. The man proceeded to file a number of fraudulent claims against his medical plan. By using the New Jersey doctor’s identity, the man allegedly submitted over $1 million in fake insurance claims. The health insurance scam involved services that…

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Thousands in Arkansas fear lost health insurance benefits under new rules

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Medicaid changes in Republican led states are often aligning with Trump’s efforts to dismantle Obamacare. One state at a time, health insurance benefits are changing for those reliant on Medicaid and whose governors are Republican. As the GOP works to take Obamacare apart, many states now have stricter Medicaid regulations. Arkansas has become the first state to push the new health insurance benefits rule. It will require state residents to have to provide proof of their employment or volunteer status in order to keep their Medicaid coverage. As the law…

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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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Individual mandate repeal causes health insurance gap in many states

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Several states are now scrambling to come up with a way to make coverage more affordable. After the individual mandate penalties were removed for failing to purchase coverage, a health insurance gap has formed in many states across the country. This has left some states struggling to make their health care affordable. As people drop their coverage health care in the states will become increasingly expensive. The only state in the country that required coverage after last year’s dismantling of the Affordable Care Act was Massachusetts. Increasingly unfavorable markets caused…

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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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Ohio health insurance companies release recommendations to fight opioid abuse crisis

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Eight of the largest insurers in the state issued fifteen recommendations to combat the epidemic. Eight of Ohio’s largest health insurance companies have issued a list of 15 recommendations to fight the opioid abuse crisis. The misuse of these serious drugs has reached epidemic proportions within Ohio and many other states. The insurance companies have attempted to find areas where reasonable action is possible in combating the opioid abuse crisis. Among the recommendations are efforts to identify pregnant addicts to make certain they obtain the treatment they need. That said,…

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Walgreens insurance denial places it at risk of lawsuit over death, court says

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The pharmacy insists that it was not obligated to contact the doctor of a woman who then died. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the family of a woman who died has the right to sue Walgreens. This court case will question whether or not a pharmacy is obligated to assist a patient in being certain his or her insurance will provide prescription coverage. The case involves a Massachusetts woman who had epilepsy and required a drug to control her seizures. Yarushka Rivera’s epilepsy required her to take…

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