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  • California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

    California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones expressed outrage after CNN showed him a transcript of the testimony and said his office is looking into how widespread the practice is within Aetna. "If the health insurer is…

  • Health insurer denials may be making Americans sicker

    Health insurance is designed to cover patients when they get sick, but what happens when insurance companies stamp "reject" on a claim? Some of those patients may end up sicker, suggests a recent survey entitled "Not What the Doctor Ordered" from the Doctor-Patient Rights Project (DPRP). Health insurers denied coverage for nearly a quarter of…

  • Insurance Company Denies Cancer Therapy While Life Hangs in the Balance

    The hospital told him he would be charged $44,000 for each injection. He needs two. The drug company says they charge the hospital only $16,000 per dose. The discrepancy is one of the maddening things about rising health care costs in America. There is little transparency or consistency in who pays how much for what.…

  • Wyden Proposes Cap on Prescription Drug Costs

    U.S. Department of Finance Ranking Finance Democrat Says Americans Shouldn’t Have to Risk Financial Ruin to Receive Treatment WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a bill to protect seniors in Medicare from high out-of-pocket costs in Part D plans. The bill, called the “Reducing Existing Costs Associated with Pharmaceuticals for Seniors…

  • We Must Stop Discriminating Against The Seriously Ill

    Despite its name, the Affordable Care Act has made it prohibitively expensive for patients with cancer, epilepsy and other chronic illnesses to afford life-saving medication. According to a recent Newsweek opinion piece, Federal law makers are working to resolve this problem by issuing warning letters to insurance companies that make customers choose between their health…

  • N.J. lawmaker wants to limit how much you pay for prescription drugs

    The cost of staying alive this year climbed by $260 a month for Debbie Biase. That's the co-pay for one cancer drug this 63-year-old grandmother from Berkeley Heights says she needs to keep the disease under control. Nearly 80 percent of her $743 disability check is consumed by premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Were she not…

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