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Big premium increases foreseen for Medicare drug plan

WASHINGTON | With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.

November 23, 2015 10:30 am Related

Government: No benefit hike for Social Security next year

WASHINGTON | Older Americans got a double dose of bad news Thursday: There will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year, and Medicare bills are set to soar for many.

October 15, 2015 9:17 am Related

Anthem bids $48 billion for Cigna to create health giant

NEW YORK | Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients.

July 24, 2015 7:23 am Related

Indiana city at heart of HIV outbreak to get HIV clinic

INDIANAPOLIS | A southern Indiana city that's the epicenter of an HIV outbreak tied to needle sharing among intravenous drug users is getting an HIV clinic that will provide free medical care to patients without health insurance.

May 08, 2015 4:38 pm

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doc bill; fate up to Senate

WASHINGTON | In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

March 26, 2015 12:06 pm

Cruz to buy insurance via Obamacare, a law he vows to scrap

WASHINGTON | Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday he is signing up his family for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House.

March 24, 2015 5:32 pm
Hackers access records for millions of Anthem customers

Hackers access records for millions of Anthem customers

INDIANAPOLIS | Hackers broke into a health insurance database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information.

February 05, 2015 10:45 am Related

Insurers extend premium deadline under Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON | Consumers worried that tight deadlines around the holidays and lingering computer problems could thwart their efforts to secure coverage under President Barack Obama's health overhaul will get extra time to pay, the health insurance industry said Wednesday.

December 18, 2013 12:50 pm

Excerpts from recent Indiana editorials

Vouchers' critics lose first round

August 27, 2011 12:00 am
5 Americans: How health care law affects them

5 Americans: How health care law affects them

CHICAGO (AP) — A couple on Medicare got a rebate check to help with prescription drug costs. A Chicago man with diabetes got health insurance through a new government program. And a Philadelphia businessman is hoping his company will qualify for a tax credit.

February 04, 2011 10:00 am

$93,000 cancer drug: How much is a life worth?

BOSTON | Cancer patients, brace yourselves. Many new drug treatments cost nearly $100,000 a year, sparking fresh debate about how much a few months more of life is worth.

September 26, 2010 10:55 am

New health helps one Ill. family

CHICAGO | The nation's new health care law adds consumer protections that kicked in Thursday, forcing insurers to meet new requirements. Coverage for children with pre-existing conditions is guaranteed. Lifetime dollar caps are eliminated. And insurers can no longer cancel policies retroacti…

September 24, 2010 12:00 am

Department of Insurance offers advice about insuring pets

CHICAGO | With the high cost of pet care, the Illinois Department of Insurance is offering consumer tips on shopping for pet health insurance.

August 13, 2010 12:00 am

US: Firms must spell out workers' benefit rights, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Your company just denied your disability claim. What do you do now? How long do you have to file an appeal? And with whom?

August 12, 2010 12:25 pm

Americans are treated, and overtreated, to death

The doctors finally let Rosaria Vandenberg go home.

June 28, 2010 10:40 am
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