Insurance Blog Week in Review – Week of February 26 – March 3, 2012

ketchupThis week, there were a couple of extra blogs that appeared on the Insurance Blog. Maybe you didn’t have the time to read over all of the blogs that caught your attention. The Insurance Blog Week in Review is a good way to “ketchup” on whatever you missed.

Prime Healthcare Services Investigated for Controversial Billing
The hospital chain is under investigation because they are accused of submitting false claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal, of “upbilling”, and of not releasing stabilized patients to hospitals that are within the patient’s health insurance network.

The Insurance Podcast Roundup went up on February 27, 2012. I would recommend checking out a video by CNN where Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about how Medicare is covering yoga as part of a treatment for heart disease.

Washington May Require Insurers to Cover Abortion
A bill called HB 2330 passed the state of Washington House of Representatives. If the Senate also passes it, it would become a law that required all health insurance plans to cover abortion.

Illinois Teachers May Lose their Retirement Health Benefit
Governor Pat Quinn wants to cut the state of Illinois’ contributions to the health insurance for retired teachers. This will make the cost of the premiums rise to rates that are unaffordable.

Uninsured Americans Get Dental Care from ER
Americans who lack dental insurance are unable to pay for preventative dental care. Instead, they wait until they are having a dental emergency, and head for the ER. This is less than ideal.

Visit the Mall to Buy Health Insurance
Coming soon, to a strip mall near you! Insurance companies are setting up shop, hoping to make it easier for consumers to compare, and buy, health insurance plans.

University of Pennsylvania Extends Insurance Coverage
Penn has extended their employer sponsored health insurance to cover the cost of gender reassignment surgery. Now, their workers’ health plan matches what their students’ plan offers.

Obama’s Proposed Budget Will Affect TRICARE
The new budget could raise premium rates to as high as 345% of what they are now. This budget has not yet been approved.

New York Auto Insurance Fraud Ring Shut Down
A federal investigation resulted in the dismantling of an auto insurance fraud ring in New York. The ring managed to scam insurance companies out of $279 million dollars by filing bogus claims.

United States Senate Kills Blunt Amendment
The amendment that would have allowed your employer to exclude coverage for pretty much anything from your health plan has been killed. This is good news for everyone who relies on employer sponsored health insurance, or who hopes to, someday.

Paid Sick Leave Mandate Could Affect Health Insurance
Ironically, requiring small businesses to give their workers a certain amount of paid sick days could result on the employers canceling the employee’s health insurance.

Same-Sex Couples Can Use to Find Health Insurance
The website has been expanded to enable same-sex couples to find health insurance that will cover their partners, and their entire families.

Giving it Another Try – With Health Insurance
Here I go again! I am trying to find affordable health insurance. Wish me luck!

Disney Closes “Habit Heroes” After Controversy
It was only a matter of time, it seems, before Disney responded to the criticism about their new “Habit Heroes” attraction. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is distancing themselves from their connection to it.

Washington Senate Kills Abortion Insurance Bill
That didn’t take long! The Washington state Senate voted against hearing about HB 2330. They didn’t vote against the bill, they voted against hearing about it and officially voting on it.

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