Monthly Archives: November 2010

Health plans must spend premiums on medical care

Health insurance premiums should go for actual medical care — not insurers’ overhead and profits — the Obama administration said Monday in rules that for the first time require the companies to give consumers a rebate. [read more at source]

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Health insurers get final spending rules

New U.S. health insurance spending rules aimed at ensuring more customer dollars go toward medical care were finalized on Monday, ending a source of uncertainty for investors in the sector and boosting industry shares. [read more at source]

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Health insurers face sweeping spending rules

New U.S. health insurance spending rules aimed at ensuring more customer dollars go toward medical care were finalized on Monday, ending a source of uncertainty for investors in the sector. [read more at source]

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Behind the Koreas’ Artillery Fire: Kim’s Succession – TIME

The Guardian Behind the Koreas' Artillery Fire: Kim's SuccessionTIMESmoke rises from South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea on Nov. 23, 2010 With Barack Obama's "special envoy" to North Korea now … Continue reading

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GDP report: Economic growth picks up steam – CNNMoney

FinFacts Ireland GDP report: Economic growth picks up steamCNNMoneyNEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The US recovery tugged along at a faster pace in the third quarter than originally reported, driven by stronger exports and spending, the government said Tuesday. …Economy in … Continue reading

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Daily Use of Antiretroviral Drugs Cuts AIDS Transmission – ABC News

Reuters Daily Use of Antiretroviral Drugs Cuts AIDS TransmissionABC NewsTaking daily antiretroviral drugs greatly cuts the chances of getting infected with AIDS, reseachers have found in a groundbreaking new study. The study published today in the New England Journal of … Continue reading

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Health Insurance Stocks Bucking The Downtrend By The Broader Markets

Despite the weakness visible in the broader markets, health insurance stocks are posting strong gains during trading on Monday. Humana (HUM) is helping to lead the sector higher following news of its agreement to acquire privately held health care company … Continue reading

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Health plans must spend premiums on medical care

Health insurance premiums should go for actual medical care — not insurers’ overhead and profits — the Obama administration said Monday in rules that for the first time require the companies to give consumers a rebate. [read more at source]

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As health costs rise, employers look to wellness, deductibles

Arizonans who get health insurance through their workplace will pay a greater share of premiums. [read more at source]

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Health insurance plan’s bankruptcy leaves small companies, Eastern Plains governments in lurch

A health insurance plan for small companies and Eastern Plains governments is going bankrupt, leaving some clients with hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid medical claims and forcing them to scramble for new insurance before the new year. [read … Continue reading

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As health costs rise, employers look to wellness, high deductibles

As workers scan brochures and charts outlining health insurance options for 2011, most will find that their plans cost more, cover less – or both. [read more at source]

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Number of uninsured American adults hits record high

Nearly 50 million Americans have gone without health insurance for at least part of the past year — up from 46 million people in 2008, federal health officials reported Tuesday. [read more at source]

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Health insurance costs for employees going up

This past year, overall premiums for employer-sponsored coverage rose an average of 3% for family coverage. [read more at source]

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LePage likely to target Dirigo

AUGUSTA — Dirigo Health, the state-administered health insurance program initiated by Gov. John Baldacci, is likely to be targeted after Gov.-elect Paul LePage takes office, according to member of LePage’s transition team. [read more at source]

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Workers’ health insurance costs for 2011 include higher premiums and co-payments

For millions of Americans who get their health insurance through their job, autumn brings not only falling leaves and cooler breezes, but also difficult choices. That’s because it’s the time when many employers present workers with their insurance options for … Continue reading

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Locals want health insurance, road funding bills passed early next year

Municipal officials plan to press the Patrick administration Tuesday to take steps early next year toward addressing skyrocketing health insurance costs and “stagnant” funding for local road and bridge repairs. [read more at source]

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Health Insurance Exchanges Must be Accessible and Consumer Focused in Order to be a Sustainable and Viable Option for …

ORANGE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Health Insurance Exchanges Must be Accessible and Consumer Focused in Order to be a Sustainable and Viable Option for Purchasers [read more at source]

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Fitch Takes Various Rating Actions on Aetna Subsidiaries

Based on a change in application of its approach to group ratings in the health insurance sector, Fitch Ratings has upgraded the Insurer Financial Strength ratings of certain Aetna Inc. insurance company subsidiaries and has withdrawn the IFS ratings of … Continue reading

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Insurance drop-off after premiums rise

Higher premiums, underemployment and unemployment are key factors behind a drop-off in the number of Kiwis taking out health insurance, say industry players. [read more at source]

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Neb. getting $1M to monitor health insurance rates

World-Herald News Service LINCOLN – By this time next year, Nebraskans should be better armed to navigate the health insurance jungle. [read more at source]

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