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Stories with subject: Access to health care
  • Wheaton College ends student health plans over birth control 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:25 pm

    WHEATON, Illinois - Wheaton College in suburban Chicago will stop offering health insurance plans to students beginning Friday in an effort to avoid providing birth control coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

  • Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 12:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance.

  • Health care spending to accelerate, US report says story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 4:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.

  • Covered California: Cost of health care coverage increasing story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 9:16 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The cost of private individual health plans on California's state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence the strategy of forcing insurers to compete is controlling costs, program officials said Monday.

  • More Minnesotans have health coverage but suits keep rising 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 4:53 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - The number of Minnesotans who have health insurance is rising but so is the number of state residents struggling to pay their medical bills.

  • Mega-health deals bloom in July, Anthem bids $48B for Cigna story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 2:02 pm

    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.

  • On-demand doctor apps bring Uber approach to medicine story has photos
    Updated: Jul-22-15 5:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - It was 8 o'clock on a weeknight and Brooklyn resident Sarah Sheehan was reeling from a painful earache.

  • Health exchange concerned about coverage gap for 1,300 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 11:53 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut's health insurance exchange is trying to limit any coverage gaps for the approximately 1,300 people who will no longer be eligible for Medicaid starting September 1, exchange officials said Wednesday.

  • About 1,200 Medicaid recipients to leave program on Sept. 1 
    Updated: Jul-19-15 10:22 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - About 1,200 Medicaid recipients in Connecticut will have to find insurance coverage through the state's health insurance exchange starting Sept. 1 as the state changes eligibility requirements in an effort to balance its books.

  • Medicaid enrollment surges, stirs worry about state budgets 
    Updated: Jul-19-15 9:23 am

    ATLANTA - More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years.

  • Tribes push to end Affordable Care Act coverage requirement 
    Updated: Jul-17-15 7:41 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Representatives of several Indian tribes say they support legislation introduced by congressional Republicans this week that would exempt tribes nationwide from being classified as large employers under the federal Affordable Care Act - a designation that requires tribes to pay higher insurance costs or face federal penalties.

  • New program puts military liaisons at mental health centers 
    Updated: Jul-15-15 3:11 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Each of New Hampshire's 10 community mental health centers will have a staff member devoted to helping veterans, military service members and their families connect with other community resources under a first-of-its-kind initiative being launched by the state's Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Federal government gives Oklahoma health plan an extension 
    Updated: Jul-10-15 6:27 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A state program that uses a combination of state tobacco tax revenue and federal Medicaid money to help provide health insurance coverage for nearly 18,000 low-income Oklahoma will receive federal funding through the end of 2016, state officials said on Friday.

  • New Hampshire moves ahead with updating insurance rules 
    Updated: Jul-10-15 4:08 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Insurance Department is moving forward with changing its rules for health care provider networks, but some insurance companies aren't yet sold on a key part of the proposed approach.

  • Health care industry: Healthy Indiana Plan working smoothly 
    Updated: Jul-10-15 3:36 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Industry representatives say Indiana's expanded health care program for low-income residents has functioned smoothly in the months since it was implemented following federal approval.

  • Farmers Insurance Group to pay $84M settlement over coverage 
    Updated: Jul-07-15 8:16 am

    AUSTIN, Texas - Farmers Insurance Group will pay $84.4 million to settle a 2002 lawsuit that said Texas policyholders unknowingly paid higher premiums for less coverage.

  • Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 3:11 pm

    Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

  • Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:03 pm

    Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net.