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Extreme weather and permanent disaster zones will force a new American migration: research 15.9.2020 Raw Story
August besieged California with a heat unseen in generations. A surge in air conditioning broke the state’s electrical grid, leaving a population already ravaged by the coronavirus to work remotely by the dim light of their cellphones. By midmonth, the state had recorded possibly the hottest temperature ever measured on earth — 130 degrees in […]
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Doctor Asks His Employer For A COVID-19 Test; It Cost $10,984 11.9.2020 Crooks Liars
ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. When Dr. Zachary Sussman went to Physicians Premier ER in Austin for a COVID-19 antibody test, he assumed he would get a freebie because he was a doctor for the chain. Instead, the free-standing emergency room charged his insurance company an astonishing $10,984 for the visit — and got paid every penny, with no pushback. The bill left him so dismayed he quit his job. And now, after ProPublica’s questions, the parent company of his insurer said the case is being investigated and could lead to repayment or a referral to law enforcement. The case is the latest to show how providers have sometimes charged exorbitant prices for visits for simple and inexpensive COVID-19 tests. ProPublica recently reported how a $175 COVID-19 test resulted in charges of $2,479 at a different free-standing ER in Texas. In that situation, the health plan said the payment for the ...
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A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984. 9.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. When Dr. Zachary Sussman went to Physicians Premier ER in Austin for a COVID-19 antibody test, he assumed he would get […]
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A Doctor Got Charged $10,984 for a COVID-19 Antibody Test — by His Own Employer 7.9.2020 Truthout.com
The case is the latest example of a provider charging an exorbitant price for test that costs about $8 to ...
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A Doctor went to his own employer for a COVID-19 antibody test. It cost $10,984. 5.9.2020 Raw Story
Physicians Premier ER charged Dr. Zachary Sussman’s insurance $10,984 for his COVID-19 antibody test even though Sussman worked for the chain and knows the testing materials only cost about $8. Even more surprising: The insurer paid in full. This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages […]
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Insurance industry front group to bombard Democratic Convention with ads attacking Biden-backed public option 15.8.2020 Raw Story
The ads by the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future fearmonger over potential tax hikes and recycle industry talking points against “government-controlled health insurance.” When Democrats convene for their party’s virtual convention next week amid the backdrop of a global pandemic, media coverage of the event will be interspersed with insurance industry ads attacking the public option—a […]
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How the press rewards Trump for his endless, obvious lies 8.8.2020 Raw Story
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House. On Friday, […]
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Trump campaign thought their ‘huge news’ on pre-existing conditions had Democrats cornered — but it backfired spectacularly 8.8.2020 Raw Story
During a bizarre Friday evening press conference at his private golf club in New Jersey, President Donald Trump vowed to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. President @realDonaldTrump is pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions. pic.twitter.com/dXMJgjmo0w — The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 8, 2020 Of course, Trump does […]
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Corporate Lobbyists Vote to Keep Corporate Lobbyists in the DNC 6.8.2020 Truthout.com
Corporate Lobbyists Vote to Keep Corporate Lobbyists in the DNC
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In a sweeping lawsuit, 42 Chicago businesses seek insurance coverage for COVID-related business losses 4.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
In a sweeping lawsuit, prominent Chicago restaurant groups including Lettuce Entertain You and Gibsons are fighting their insurance carriers over denial of coverage for lost income related to COVID-19.
How a $175 COVID-19 test led to $2,479 in charges 1.8.2020 Raw Story
A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six figures to their insurance. As she waited for the results of her rapid COVID-19 test, Rachel […]
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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Wants to Give Black Residents Health Coverage 18.7.2020 Truthout.com
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Wants to Give Black Residents Health Coverage
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The Supreme Court Just Struck a Huge Blow Against Obamacare’s Birth Control Requirement 8.7.2020 Mother Jones
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration rule that lets employers deny women free birth control coverage in health insurance plans on moral or religious grounds. The Affordable Care Act mandated that employers provide free contraceptive care as part of their health insurance plans, but it included an exception for employers with religious affiliations. […]
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Coronavirus: 'Refunds unlikely' if travellers have to self-isolate 3.7.2020 BBC: Business
Travel insurance is unlikely to cover those who have to cancel a holiday because they have Covid symptoms.
Colorado lawmakers brace for possibility of Governor Polis’ first veto in 2020 30.6.2020 Denver Post: All Political News
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is likely to veto a bill meant to limit opioid prescriptions -- and, thus, to curb future opioid addiction and overdose cases -- according to the bill's sponsors.
Health care in Ukraine 30.6.2020 Healthcare Economist
Recently I read an interesting book called Moneyland by Oliver Bullough. The book describes how with porous borders facilitated by the internet, the rich can evade taxes, hide assets, and basically pick and choose the international legal system most favorable to their interests. One interesting part of the book discusses health care in the Ukraine…
Two friends were tested for COVID-19. One paid in cash and was billed $199 – the other paid with insurance and was billed $6,408. 29.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
During the pandemic, there has been wide variation between what providers bill for the same basic diagnostic test, even in how much a test can cost two patients at the same location.
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Coronavirus drug price ‘an outrage’: $2,340 for remdesivir, or even more for those with private insurance 29.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
“We’re in uncharted territory with pricing a new medicine, a novel medicine, in a pandemic,” Gilead’s chief executive, Dan O’Day, told The Associated Press.
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‘Free handout to insurance industry’: Trump administration tells insurers they don’t have to cover COVID-19 tests for workers 25.6.2020 Raw Story
“According to the Trump administration, insurance company profits are more important than the lives of nursing home residents and workers.” The Trump administration issued policy guidance this week telling health insurance companies that they are not required by law to cover the Covid-19 tests employers may compel workers to undergo as a condition for returning to their […]
Bill to extend health insurance savings program with new fees on companies awaits Polis’ signature 24.6.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
It might seem counterintuitive to lower insurance costs through fees on insurance companies and hospitals, but what reinsurance does is remove some uncertainty.
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