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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Massachusetts aims to overhaul its health insurance program, MassHealth

State introduces plans to make changes to its troubled insurance program Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with other officials, has drafted new plans to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program, called MassHealth. This will be the largest overhaul that the program has seen in the past 20 years, marking a significant shift in the health insurance space and potentially ensuring that more consumers will have access to the coverage that they need. MassHealth currently provides coverage to some 1.8 million low-income people throughout the states and represents that majority of the…

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Massachusetts seeks relief from increasing health insurance costs

Several union organizations in Massachusetts are preparing to make an announcement today regarding a proposal on municipal health insurance. State legislators have been seeking a way to control the costs of insurance before they begin spiraling out of control. Governor Deval Patrick has been pushing for approval to give municipal leaders more authority to make changes to health insurance coverage. A number of municipal and school district leaders call rising insurance costs “budget busters.” They blame the costs associated with health insurance for cut backs in services and employee layoffs.…

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