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Panel says birth control should be free; opponents cry foul
July 21st, 2011

A medical panel has recommended that health insurance companies eliminate co-pays and deductibles for birth control. While supporters say it makes sense to offer birth control as free preventive care, opponents say it may violate the civil liberties of others.

UnitedHealth Group posts better than expected second quarter profits
July 19th, 2011

Fueled by growth in its Optum businesses, UnitedHealth Group reported a year-over-year 17 percent increase in second quarter earnings.

California insurers agree to cover cost of autism treatment
July 18th, 2011

After receiving an enforcement order from the state, Blue Shield of California has announced it will cover certain autism treatments. Anthem Blue Cross has similarly agreed to provide medical coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Action taken against Blue Shield of California for denying autism treatment coverage
July 15th, 2011

Blue Shield of California is in hot water with the California Department of Insurance. The department says the health insurance company has violated state law by denying coverage for autism treatment.

Government unveils rules for state Health Insurance Exchanges
July 14th, 2011

In 2014, certain consumer groups will have the opportunity to purchase health insurance through state-run marketplaces. The federal government recently issued guidelines for states to follow when creating Health Insurance Exchanges.

Anthem Blue Cross using Google Maps to divert customers from emergency rooms
July 13th, 2011

Pointing to high costs and long waits, Anthem Blue Cross is working to route its customers away from California emergency rooms. The health insurance company is offering a new service to help subscribers find local urgent care centers and retail health clinics instead.

Calif. committee passes bill to limit health insurance rate increases
July 8th, 2011

Legislation is working its way through the California Legislature to allow regulators the ability to reject health insurance rate hikes. The bill recently won approval by a Senate committee.

New rules from HHS hopes to save $12 billion in health care administration expenses
July 6th, 2011

According to HHS, health care providers and health insurance companies will save $12 billion during the next 10 years thanks to new standards for electronic health care communications.

Unemployed face barriers when searching for medical insurance
July 5th, 2011

A new issue brief from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured finds that the unemployed face significant obstacles when it comes to finding medical insurance.

Massachusetts coalition calls for one year freeze on health insurance premiums
July 1st, 2011

Citing statistics that show health insurance rate increases far outpace growth in wages, advocacy group Health Care for All is joining with Boston religious leaders to call for a freeze in health insurance rates for 2012.

Health Net ready to loan $7 million to California health clinics
June 28th, 2011

In the face of continuing budget woes, Health Net has promised to provide up to $7 million to California health clinics in the event state funding is cut. This marks the fifth consecutive year the health insurance company has made the offer.

Blue Cross Blue Shield wins award for social networking site
June 27th, 2011

The My Blue Community, a social networking site offered to Blue Cross Blue Shield members, has been recognized for Outstanding Achievement by Interactive Media Award (IMA).

U.S. consumers say recession has changed their health care spending
June 23rd, 2011

As the country recovers from the Great Recession, most U.S. consumers are being cautious about their health care spending. Rising health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs have impacted the ability of many households to pay for other basic expenses.

Employer survey reveals concerns about the cost of health reform
June 21st, 2011

A survey conducted by global brokerage firm Lockton Benefit Group finds that employers are increasingly concerned about health reform.

New York legislation to mandate health insurance coverage of autism treatments
June 20th, 2011

New York has become the latest state to pass legislation requiring health insurance companies to pay for autism therapies.

Children on Medicaid have reduced access to specialty care
June 16th, 2011

A new report published in The New England Journal of Medicine finds discrepancies in access to care between children on Medicaid and those covered by private health insurance.

Enrollment in Health Savings Accounts nearly doubles in three years
June 15th, 2011

According to a new industry report, enrollment in Health Savings Accounts continues to climb. More than 11.4 million Americans are enrolled in the plans which combine high deductible health insurance with the opportunity to pay out-of-pocket health care costs tax-free.

Aetna to expand Medicare supplemental insurance with $290 million purchase
June 14th, 2011

Health insurance company Aetna has entered into an agreement to purchase the Medicare supplemental insurance arm of Genworth Financial. The sale will cost the company $290 million and affect 145,000 Medigap policyholders.

Blue Shield of California to return $180 million to customers and communities
June 9th, 2011

As part of a pledge to limit its income to 2 percent of revenues, Blue Shield of California has announced that $180 million will be returned to policyholders as well as California medical groups and nonprofits. The money will come in the form of grants and health insurance premium credits.

Federal government offers grants for states to combat chronic diseases
June 8th, 2011

With chronic conditions costing more than $1.8 trillion annually in medical care, the federal government is offering state grants to help fight five of the leading causes of illness-related death and disability. The grant program is an initiative of the federal health reform legislation.