AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill requiring public and private insurance companies to cover abortion is now law in Maine. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed it Thursday, a day after the Legislature finalized the measure. The approval comes after the state faced a lawsuit over its restrictions on abortion providers. It's the second bill passed recently by the Legislature to open up abortion access. Mills signed a bill Monday to allow medical professionals who are not doctors to perform the procedure. The Maine Senate approved the insurance bill Wednesday by a vote of 19-16. The House approved the bill 82-59. … [Read more...] about Maine making public, private insurers cover abortions
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By Katherine Feser Published 9:40 am CDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019 Homeowners insurance in Texas is among the most expensive in the country. Keep going for average homeowners insurance costs for the 10 most expensive states. Homeowners insurance in Texas is among the most expensive in the country. Keep going for average homeowners insurance costs for the 10 most expensive states. Photo: Peter Dazeley, Getty Images Photo: Peter Dazeley, Getty Images Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Image 1 of 14 Homeowners insurance in Texas is among the most expensive in the country. Keep going for average homeowners insurance costs for the 10 most expensive states. Homeowners insurance in Texas is among the most expensive in the country. Keep going for average homeowners insurance costs for the … [Read more...] about See which states have the highest homeowners insurance costs
Up to 98 percent of the 1,024 HIV carriers in the northern province of Bac Giang are receiving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs covered by health insurance (SHI) (Photo: VNA) Bac Giang (VNA) – Up to 98 percent of the 1,024 HIV carriers in the northern province of Bac Giang are receiving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs covered by health insurance (SHI), heard a medical event in the province on March 15. A project on HIV/AIDS treatment with the participation of health facilities and prisons was launched on the occasion, which comes under the sponsorship of the US-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). In addition to providing equipment to clinics, the project will arrange advanced refresher courses for medical workers at the grass-root level to improve quality of HIV/AIDS testing and treatment. Director of the provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Dang Thanh Minh said there were more than 3,270 HIV carriers in the province as of the end of February, nearly 1,980 of … [Read more...] about Nearly all HIV carriers in Bac Giang receive insurance-covered ARVs
By Letters To The Editor | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 8, 2019 at 2:10 am | UPDATED: March 8, 2019 at 2:11 am Insurance covers Viagra but not birth control under new rules? Re: “Menstrual products are taxed but not Viagra?” (Letter to the editor, March 5): Not only is Viagra not taxed, but insurance companies cover it so insured men can get their Viagra free, or for a nominal copay. For women, however, the Trump administration issued new rules to the Affordable Care Act that vastly expanded the range of companies that could opt out of an Affordable Care Act mandate that required employers to cover contraception at no cost for the employee, on the basis that contraceptives are morally or religiously offensive to the employer. Family planning and birth control are extremely important to both men and women, husbands and wives, and to their private lives. An unplanned, unwanted pregnancy can be financially devastating to a young family struggling to pay the rent and … [Read more...] about Letter: Insurance covers Viagra but not birth control under new rules?
Dive Brief: In an attempt to improve price transparency, CMS announced a new app that gives original Medicare beneficiaries the chance to see what their plan covers and read the most popular content on Medicare.gov. Beyond seeing whether Medicare covers a medical item or service, beneficiaries can use the app to get up-to-date information about doctors and hospitals. The app's Blue Button 2.0 functionality also lets people connect claims data to tools "to help them understand, use and share their health data," according to CMS. The agency said about two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries use the Internet daily or almost daily. That fact combined with the Medicare population growing nearly 50% by 2030 has CMS looking for ways to connect with members beyond a phone center. Dive Insight: CMS views this as a way to improve transparency and empower patients. The app, which is available for free from the App Store and Google Play, is part of the eMedicare initiative the agency … [Read more...] about CMS launches app showing Medicare beneficiaries what their plans cover