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2011-07-18 16:04:00

Legislature's decision to raid the Hospital Safety Net Account is unconstitutional and will devastate hospitals and the patients they serve. SEATTLE, July 18, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today it has filed a lawsuit against the State of Washington to overturn legislation that diverts money to the state general fund from an account set up to pay for hospital services to the poor and vulnerable. The account is 100 percent funded...

2011-07-12 04:00:00

NEW YORK, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans will soon gain what they have long waited for in healthcare: Purchasing power that will make health insurers want to work harder to win their business and loyalty. According to a new report published today by the PwC US Health Research Institute (HRI), insurers will compete head-to-head when state health insurance exchanges begin offering policies to individuals and small groups. PwC estimates these policies could be worth...

2011-06-20 12:19:00

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo., June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning July 1, 2011, many enrollees will pay less each month for health care coverage under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). Created in 2010 under the Affordable Care Act, PCIP provides health care coverage for uninsured people with pre-existing health conditions until new insurance market rules go into effect in 2014. PCIP is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered through...

2011-06-09 07:00:00

ST. LOUIS, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that its Celtic Group subsidiary, CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts, Inc. (CeltiCare), has extended its statewide contract to serve Commonwealth Care Bridge Program members, effective July 1, 2011. Under the contract, CeltiCare will continue to be the sole provider of high quality health insurance to Massachusetts residents enrolled in the Commonwealth Care Bridge Program, which serves the state's...

2011-06-07 12:15:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a bold move to address the healthcare affordability crisis, Blue Shield of California Chairman & CEO Bruce Bodaken announced a pledge today that Blue Shield will limit its annual net income to no more than 2 percent of revenue. This commitment will apply retroactively to income earned in 2010, when Blue Shield's net income exceeded the 2 percent target by $180 million. That amount will go back to Blue Shield's customers and the community....

2011-06-06 20:09:27

Insurance only one factor affecting ED utilization While overall emergency department use in Massachusetts continues to rise, the number of low-severity visits dropped slightly since the implementation of the state's health care reform law, according to an Annals of Emergency Medicine study published online. "Our study suggests other factors play a role in determining access to care and use of the ED in addition to one's insurance status," writes Peter Smulowitz, MD, MPH, the study's lead...

2011-06-06 19:45:45

Most don't think law is main reason for rising health care costs A new poll by the Harvard School of Public Health and The Boston Globe finds 63% of Massachusetts residents support the health care reform legislation enacted in 2006, 21% oppose it while 6% are not sure and 9% have not heard or read about the law. The percentage of residents supporting the law has increased since a 2009 poll (53%).[1] Support for the law varied by party affiliation, with 77% of Democrats, 60% of Independents,...

2011-05-26 13:49:24

Health reform already making strides, will insure nearly all uninsured young adults by 2014 Young adults ages 19-29 are struggling to get the health care they need more than almost any other age group, demonstrating the need for Affordable Care Act provisions, some already in place, that will expand health insurance and make it more affordable, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The report found that in 2010, 45 percent of young adults couldn't afford the care they needed, meaning...

2011-05-26 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Small business health insurance in Los Angeles is now more affordable than most business owners think, as explained by Master Insurance Services. The high cost of insuring employees is one of the biggest financial burdens facing a small business today, but recent legislation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is helping to offset this cost. In 2012, small business owners with 25 employees or less are eligible to receive a 50% tax...

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2011-04-27 06:15:00

Report finds that 90 percent can afford premiums and costs under Affordable Care Act; out-of-pocket costs will still be a concern for some families Ninety percent of American families living above the federal poverty level will be able to afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report by Jonathan Gruber and Ian Perry of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The report finds that new subsidies available through health insurance...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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