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Medicare Advantage increasingly popular with seniors — but not hospitals and doctors

BY: - November 30, 2023

(This story was updated at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 30, 2023, to add information about Arkansas hospitals.) A hospital system in Georgia. Two medical groups in San Diego. Another in Louisville, Kentucky, and nearly one-third of Nebraska hospitals. Across the country, health care providers are refusing to accept some Medicare Advantage plans — even as the […]

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Insurers often shortchange mental health care coverage, despite a federal law

BY: - October 12, 2023

If you or someone you know is in need of help, dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for free and confidential support or text HELLO to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line.   When she tried to find help for her daughter’s depression, Michelle Romero was frantic, panicked and heartbroken. She searched and searched for […]

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Arkansas governor authorizes aid for rising school insurance rates

BY: - July 11, 2023

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday announced the state will help school districts cover the cost of rising insurance premiums.  Districts will see an average increase of 130% in the upcoming school year, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The state is pledging to cover property insurance, and officials estimate it will […]

A pharmacy technician in Miami, Florida, fills prescriptions. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

More states are doing what they can to cap insulin cost

BY: - January 13, 2023

In her early 20s, Karisa Hunt learned the hard lesson of what happens when someone rations life-preserving medication. Hunt was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a 4 year old and has been on insulin since then to help control her blood sugar levels. But while in college and feeling guilty for saddling her parents […]

President Joe Biden meets with congressional leaders Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, at the White House. On the agenda was a $37-billion request for disaster relief. Biden met with (L-R) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration wants Congress to approve more than $37 billion to help communities throughout the country recover from various natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian, which battered Florida and the Southeast U.S. in late September, and Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico.  The supplemental funding request comes on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 […]