New Louisiana Law Requires Insurers to Cover Smoking Cessation Treatments

Lousiana Health Insurance News

Louisiana has taken a bold step in promoting public health with a groundbreaking new law. According to this report, the aforementioned law mandates health insurance coverage for six months of smoking cessation treatment. Historically, the state has been lagging behind in terms of providing tobacco cessation treatments and removing barriers to accessing treatments. In its 2023 State of Tobacco Control report, the American Lung Association scored Louisiana an “F” in funding for tobacco prevention and cessation and a “D” in access to cessation services. What this law means for Louisianan…

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Virginia considers mandatory health insurance for PANS/PANDAS

Health insurance - Mandatory in Virginia

The “devastating” childhood illness can cost affected families hundreds of thousands for treatment. A bill in Virginia is being studied by the state Health Insurance Reform Commission for the coverage of treatment for PANS/PANDAS, a mainly childhood neuropsychiatric disorder. The examination of the bill follows a unanimous tabling in a House subcommittee earlier this month. The legislation was proposed by House Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) and would require private health insurance and Medicaid to provide coverage for PANS/PANDAS treatment in order to lower the cost families must face upon diagnosis.…

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Medical tourism industry suffers as health insurance companies stop paying some bills

Health insurance - Medical Tourism

Insurers have begun excluding certain procedures for patients out of the country. American health insurance companies have started placing a limit on the procedures they will cover for patients traveling to other countries to get them. Patients had been traveling to cities such as Tijuana to receive their medical procedures. According to the Tijuana Convention and Tourism Committee, medical tourism has plummeted as US health insurance companies have started limiting the procedures their policyholders are covered for outside the country. The new regulations implemented by the insurers are impacting both…

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Cost of health insurance premiums drives UD to seek more funding

Health insurance - University of Delaware Funding

Officials from the University of Delaware have requested additional money from the state legislature. University of Delaware officials recently issued a request to their state legislature for additional funding to help them to cover increases to health insurance premiums. At the same time, the university is also seeking more money for providing state residents with scholarships. The funding would also help to support a dual degree program between the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. The funding requests arrived at the University of Delaware’s annual Joint Finance Committee (JFC)…

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Wisconsin reaches record health insurance enrollments through Affordable Care Act

Health insurance - Wisconsin ACA record enrollment

The state saw about 266,000 sign-ups during the 2024 open enrollment period for coverage. This year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment window for health insurance saw the highest number of Wisconsin state residents registering for coverage. The 2024 enrollment period brought coverage to over a quarter of a million people in the state. State officials made the announcement, citing health insurance enrollment data released by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. The data reflected the number of enrollments…

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