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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Alibaba and Tencent’s insurer rolls out blockchain health insurance technology

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The new infrastructure tech is already being used with 100 hospitals in China. ZhongAn, a massive insurer in China, recently started using blockchain health insurance technology in a partnership with 100 hospitals. The insurance company is a massive one, providing infrastructure to 10 local providers. The importance of this technology in the Chinese and global insurance sectors The insurance industry, the health care industry and technology are deeply intertwined among each other. They are now dependent on each other as well. Now, Alibaba and Tencent’s insurer has entered into one…

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95 percent of US healthcare groups opposed Trump’s new health insurance rules

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Nearly every group that submitted formal comments officially panned the strategy the president proposed. Over 95 percent of the US healthcare groups that submitted formal comments regarding President Trump’s strategy to dismantle the Affordable Care Act were opposed to his efforts. They either criticized the new health insurance rule strategy or flat-out opposed it. The health insurance industry isn’t impressed with the president’s efforts to cut apart Obamacare. A new L.A. Times review of the thousands of comments formally submitted by US healthcare groups to federal agencies showed heavy criticism…

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Could health food insurance support preventative medicine and natural treatments?

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Doctors and healthcare providers are increasingly pursuing food-based interventions. Health food insurance could one day be on its way to American plans. Just as health plans currently cover some prevention, prescriptions, procedures and doctor visits, they may one day cover certain foods. The idea is that food-based interventions can effectively prevent or treat certain conditions. The food-based intervention trend is rapidly expanding across the United States. In this way, doctors are recommending that patients prevent conditions by eating right. Similarly, some conditions can be treated more effectively when a patient…

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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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Toothbrush startup acquires dental insurance company for total tooth care

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Quip has announced its intentions to purchase Afora, taking the next step in its unique business model. Electric toothbrush startup, Quip, is acquiring Afora, a dental insurance company. Quip first started selling its toothbrushes online back in 2015. It has, since that time, built a substantial consumer network. The toothbrush company offers subscriptions for direct-to-consumer personal care products. As popular as its toothbrushes have become, Quip is lining up to become more than a toothbrush brand. Instead, it is expanding to be able to become a dental insurance company, too.…

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Florida health insurance program drops nearly 2k dependents without authentication

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Governor Rick Scott has required that state employees provide more documentation to qualify for coverage. A $950,000 investigation into the Florida health insurance program has caused 1,825 dependents to lose their coverage. The audit required state employees to submit birth certificates in order to verify a child’s eligibility. Moreover marriages required an IRS tax return transcript for authentication. Nearly two thousand people have been taken off the state-employee health insurance program as a result. As workers failed to provide the necessary child birth certificates and tax documents, their dependents were…

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Royal baby boy delivery expenses lower than those of average US woman

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Prince William and Kate Middleton’s healthy son was born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced the birth of the youngest royal baby boy. The newborn was delivered in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital just like his brother George and sister Charlotte. Despite the baby’s royal status, his birth likely cost less than what is charged to the average mom in the U.S. The cost of 24 hours in a deluxe room for a non-cesarean…

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Idaho kids health insurance system may have been overpaid

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The federal government claims it paid $3.1 million too much, thought the state disagrees. A federal agency claims it overpaid the Idaho kids health insurance program by $3.1 million from 2010 through 2013. This, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services audit. Idaho completely disagrees and says that all the payments it received were fully justified. The kids health insurance audit suggested that there was an overpayment and that it was Idaho’s fault. The report indicated the state should be…

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