Insurance industry

Cancer patient Kim Lauerman poses for a portrait in her home Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Alpharetta, Ga. After Lauerman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, doctors wanted to give her a drug that helps prevent infections and fever during chemotherapy. Her insurer said no. Doctors say they worry about the growing influence insurers have over patient care. They say treatment delays and the problems they create are becoming common because routine things like imaging exams or prescriptions now require insurer approval first. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
July 29, 2019 - 1:47 pm
After Kim Lauerman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, doctors wanted to give her a drug that helps prevent infections and fever during chemotherapy. Her insurer said no. Anthem Blue Cross told Lauerman the drug wasn't necessary. She eventually got it after an infection landed her in the hospital,...
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In this July 23, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in New Orleans. Biden is placing a big bet that his loyalty to the Affordable Care Act will help propel him to the Oval Office. Yet his argument isn’t without openings for attacks. From the left, he’s certain to take heat from progressives who back the single-payer, government run system proposed by his rival Bernie Sanders and supported by Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 28, 2019 - 4:06 pm
Joe Biden had just rolled out his health care plan when he made what could be a fateful pledge to a crowd in Iowa: "If you like your health care plan or your employer-based plan, you can keep it." The remark echoed assurances President Barack Obama made repeatedly as he sold the Affordable Care Act...
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July 23, 2019 - 11:01 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Insurance companies that say Pacific Gas & Electric owes them more than $20 billion from wildfire claims wants to take over the California utility and pull it out of bankruptcy. The group of insurers filed court documents Tuesday seeking to end PG&E's exclusive right to...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo trader Steven Kaplan, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 18. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 18, 2019 - 10:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved lower in early trading on Wall Street Thursday after Netflix reported a slump in new subscribers and dragged down communications companies. The streaming video service plunged after subscriber additions fell far below Wall Street forecasts during its April-June...
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., delivers remarks at a rally alongside unions, hospital workers and community members against the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Monday July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
July 17, 2019 - 12:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders will vigorously defend his signature "Medicare for All" proposal on Wednesday and hit back at his critics who say his push amounts to both bad politics and bad policy. The Vermont senator also will pledge to reject campaign donations from health insurance and...
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President Donald Trump speaks about kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 11, 2019 - 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans. The White House on Thursday yanked its own regulation to ease the...
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In this Monday, July 8, 2019 photo, Jiggy Athilingam poses for photos at her home in Richmond, Calif. Athilingam, who was hit from behind by a car while riding a bicycle in San Francisco five years ago, had two forms of health insurance and assumed it would pay for most of her bills. But because she was treated at a hospital that was outside of her health insurance company's network, she got hit with a surprise bill - a common story in the country's complex health care system. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 09, 2019 - 3:12 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jiggy Athilingam was riding a bicycle in San Francisco five years ago when suddenly she was on a bed in the hallway of a hospital. "What happened?" she asked. A cracked helmet told the story of her memory loss: She had been hit from behind by a car. She spent 22 hours in a...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during an interview with The Associated Pressin New York. Administration officials say President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Monday that calls for hospitals to disclose upfront actual prices for common tests and procedures. Azar says it will give patients information that they can use to keep costs down. For example, if a hospital charges $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the same test might cost $550 in a doctor’s office, the patient might go for the lower price to save on copays. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
June 24, 2019 - 3:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down . The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money. For example, if a...
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June 24, 2019 - 11:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. The justices say Monday that they will hear appeals in the fall from...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019, file photo, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., walks to the Senate at the Capitol in Washington. A new study says about once in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to a hospital as an in-patient, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
June 20, 2019 - 8:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a "surprise" medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the...
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