New York Governor Cuomo directs insurers to cover vaping cessation costs

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The state is making another move to overcome its portion of the country’s e-cigarette use problems. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the N.Y. Department of Financial Services is directing insurance companies in the state to cover vaping cessation costs. The governor has ordered the department to direct insurers to pay related treatment expenses. As a result of this order, insurance companies will need to pay the costs of vaping cessation treatments without requiring policyholders to contribute via deductible, co-pay or co-insurance. Insurers will be required to offer the same…

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Federal judge denies Trump’s push to block immigration visas without proof of health insurance

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Judge Michael Simon in Oregon ruled against the administration’s demand for coverage confirmation. A federal judge in Oregon has ruled against the Trump administration’s requirement for legal immigrants to show proof of health insurance in order to receive a State Department visa. The judge determined that the requirement would conflict with the Immigration and Nationality Act. According to Judge Michael Simon’s ruling, “the President’s Proclamation requiring legal immigrants to show proof of health insurance before being issued a visa by the State Department is inconsistent with the INA.” This is…

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Michigan auto insurance reform cuts injured driver fee by 55 percent

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The MCCA intends to reduce its assessment for certain drivers with no-fault reform law implementation. New Michigan auto insurance reform will reduce injured driver fee as of July of next year with the implementation of new law. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association will be cutting down assessments for some motorists. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (M.C.C.A.) intends to cut back its assessment for motorists who keep up unlimited medical coverage for injuries in car crashes. This reduction will take the assessment down from $220 to $100 per vehicle and it…

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Aging holocaust survivors file lawsuit over Nazi-era life insurance payouts

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Surviving beneficiaries have faced a decades-long battle for payments for their murdered relatives. Holocaust survivors have been battling with life insurance companies for years – and sometimes decades – to receive life insurance payouts from policies for which they were beneficiaries. Family members of people murdered by Nazis are seeking payment from the coverage they had on the victims. Holocaust survivors are running out of time in their efforts to recover insurance policies that Nazi-era companies refused to honor. According to the Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation USA, the sum total of…

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US voters want to keep private health insurance and expand Medicare

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Most Democratic voters are drawn to Medicare for All but may challenge the party in 2020. Private health insurance and other components of healthcare reform have been a central issue among Democratic presidential candidates. Those politicians have been pitching their own versions of Medicare and medical coverage which may make things somewhat more complex for the candidates in 2020 according to a new Wall Street Journal and NBC news poll. Two out of every three voters support opening Medicare coverage up to anyone who wants to buy in. This is…

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Apologizes for Accepting Industry Contributions

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara - Government Portrait from 2016

Lara released a letter last week that acknowledged that his campaign had solicited those contributions. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has said he was sorry for having both solicited campaign contributions from the insurance industry and for having accepted them. Last Tuesday, he issued a letter in which he acknowledged the activity as well as his regret for having done so despite a campaign pledge he had made not to accept contributions from insurers. The letter was issued to a number of groups, including Public Advocates, United Policyholders and Health…

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The US health care system now covers 9 out of every 10 Americans

US Health Care System

Though heavily criticized the Affordable Care Act has received, most Americans have medical coverage. The greatly criticized US health care system now covers approximately 90 percent of Americans. Still, it remains a core subject of debate among 2020 presidential candidates. Most are now attempting to present their own alternate versions of the system. In fact, many candidates are seeking to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and begin again. If we were to listen exclusively to what politicians are saying about the US health care system at the moment, it would…

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