Posts Tagged "health insurance"

Appeals court declares 'individual mandate' unconstitutional

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 in Political

Appeals court declares ‘individual mandate’ unconstitutional August 12, 2011 by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta struck down a crucial part of President Obama’s health care reform on Friday, declaring the “individual mandate” unconstitutional, according to reports.The mandate, which many consider critical for the Affordable Care Act, requires everyone to have health insurance by 2014 or face fines.   In a 2-1 decision, the judges ruled that the mandate exceeded the powers granted to the Congress under...

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U.S. to WellPoint: Stop dropping breast cancer patients

Posted on May 1, 2010 in Cancer

Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:11pm Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque NEW YORK (Reuters) – Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has called on health insurer WellPoint to stop dropping coverage for patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer, calling the practice “deplorable.” In a letter dated April 22 to Angela Braly, WellPoint’s chief executive, Sebelius said she was “surprised and disappointed” to learn from a Reuters report that the company had targeted women with breast cancer for aggressive investigation with intent to cancel their...

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Health, Life Insurers Invest in Fast Food

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

  A new study finds that companies selling health and life insurance invest nearly $2 billion in fast food restaurants, Scientific American reports. Insurers that “profess to support health and wellness” are raising doubts with their choice of investments, the study authors wrote, since fast food has been tied to worrisome health effects such as obesity. Life and disability insurer Northwestern Mutual holds the most stock in fast food with $422.2 million invested in burger chains including McDonald’s. The study was published online in the American Journal of Public Health....

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Cancer patients often stranded in health insurance nightmares

Posted on Apr 18, 2009 in Cancer

By Amanda Gardner, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) — Last summer, Keith Blessington had just been told that he was eligible for private health insurance to replace his government-funded COBRA coverage when it ran out. Then, the 55-year-old New Hampshire resident was diagnosed with late-stage stomach cancer, and everything changed. Although the COBRA coverage paid for most of the cost of his initial surgery, by the time he got out of the hospital having had half his stomach and eight cancerous lymph nodes removed, Blessington found himself ineligible for virtually...

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