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Archive for January, 2009

January 28

California Lawsuit Against Gender Discrimination in Health Insurance

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It has been a long standing practice for women to be charged a disproportionately higher premium for their health insurance benefits when compared to men of the same age and health status. Health Insurance companies claim that this is due to the higher incedent of usage among women, citing that women are more likely to [...]

January 26

Michigan Sees Decline in Health Insurance

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Michigan, which once enjoyed a health care system among the best in the nation, has witnessed a decline in recent months. The number of people without insurance his risen, affecting a disproportionate number of blacks and hispanics especially. Those with employer provided health insurance have declined, as many companies have had to cut costs and [...]

January 23

Another Country On Board for Universal Health Care

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As our country faces a massive health care reform movement, China has announced that is will join the ranks of the overwhelming number of developed countries with some type of universal health care system in place. China has announced that it will devote $123 billion to developing a universal health care system over the next [...]

January 21

Texas Fought SCHIP Program Expansion

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In spite of a strange amount of opposition from Texas legislators, the State Childrens Health Insurance Program was approved for an expansion which will cover approximately 4 million additional children across the country. The expansion of the program, which provides federal funds to match state contributions, will be made possible by an increase in cigarette [...]

January 19

Obama Already Making Good on Promises

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Before he has even officially taken office, Obama is already delivering on promises he made in his campaign to expand health care. With the approved expansion of the State Childrens Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, roughly 4 million additional children will join the existing 7 million which currently qualify for federally funded health insurance. The [...]

January 16

Deal With Sanford Health To Save a Life

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For a three year old boy with a deadly brain tumor, the deal that Sanford Health and his family reached to provide for his care could very well mean the difference between life and death. Cooper Urbaniak, who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor is facing chemotherapy treatments and radiation, which could top $400,000. [...]

January 14

Boston Health Care Leaders Told to Rein in Costs

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Insurance company and hospital executives are being directed by Governor Deval Patrick to rein in the rapidly rising costs of healthcare or else they are likely to face government intervention. The blame for these skyrocketing costs is falling on insurance premiums and the charges that hospitals submit to insurance companies in the form of claims. [...]

January 12

The Fight for Children’s Health Insurance

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The issue of expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, has come up twice before and been vetoed each time by President Bush. However, as Obama takes control of the White House this month, the issue seems like a lock. With a sagging economy and more people without jobs and health insurance, the [...]

January 9

Reform Needn’t Break the Bank

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Experts are saying that the goal of getting the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans covered under health insurance doesn’t necessarily have to be a financially prohibitive task. If plans presented by Obama and his aids suceed in reducing inefficiency and administrative waste, than getting everyone covered in an affordable fashion is possible. However, experts are [...]

January 7

Blue Cross Reinstates Californians

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After being scrutinized by the state and various investigative organizations, Blue Cross has agreed to reinstate the roughly 700 California citizens whose policy was cancelled as a result of illness. The organization has also agreed to reimburse customers who paid for medical expenses out of pocket. As a result, the state has dropped its case [...]