Viewpoints: Effectiveness Should Guide Doctors’ Prescribing; Climate Change And Medicine

April 30th, 2017 Insurance

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

Medical firm settles with HHS over stolen laptop

April 30th, 2017 Insurance

A medical device firm has agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement in connection with a laptop stolen in 2012, said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights.

Running Short On Time, Covered California And Insurers Seek Obamacare Answers From GOP

April 29th, 2017 Insurance

Health insurers must submit initial rates to California’s exchange on Monday, but confusion persists over core elements of the current health law.

OSHA withdraws controversial union walkaround policy

April 29th, 2017 Insurance

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has withdrawn a controversial Obama-era policy that allowed union officials to participate in inspections at nonunionized workplaces.

California Proposes Stringent Cap On Toxic Chemical In Drinking Water

April 28th, 2017 Insurance

Water board officials want to limit TCP, a former pesticide ingredient and human carcinogen that has contaminated water supplies. Groundwater in other states is contaminated as well.

Insurer remains on the hook in spoiled seafood dispute

April 28th, 2017 Insurance

Declaring that something was rotten in the state of Denmark, a Massachusetts appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling and restored a seafood processing company’s bid for insurance coverage over a shipment of spoiled scallops.

Negotiating Drug Prices: Should State Agencies Band Together?

April 27th, 2017 Insurance

A California lawmaker wants to strengthen collaboration among public agencies to bring down costs to taxpayers.

Jury award vacated in free speech retaliation case

April 27th, 2017 Insurance

A federal appeals court has vacated a $556,000 jury award to a city employee in a free speech retaliation case, stating the award was inappropriate because the worker’s action had been made in the ordinary course of her employment.

5 Things To Know About The Health Issue That Could Shut Down The Government

April 26th, 2017 Insurance

Democrats want the bill to continue funding the health law’s cost-sharing reductions for low-income marketplace customers but President Trump says he will support that only if he gets other funding he wants.

Fire safety director’s hostile work environment case reinstated

April 26th, 2017 Insurance

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated a hostile work environment case filed by a gay black former fire safety director, stating the lower court failed to consider relevant evidence.

HHS, States Move To Help Insurers Defray Costs Of Sickest Patients

April 25th, 2017 Insurance

In a letter to all governors, HHS Secretary Tom Price invited them to consider seeking federal help to set up reinsurance funds that would help cover losses that insurers have because of high numbers of sick patients.

From Trump to Brexit, politics drive firms into insurers’ arms

April 25th, 2017 Insurance

Rocked by a shakeup in the Western political order, companies are buying more insurance to protect themselves against the threat of rising protectionism and upheaval to their operations in emerging markets.

Health Care In America: An Employment Bonanza And A Runaway-Cost Crisis

April 24th, 2017 Insurance

The Trump administration has pledged to create jobs and shrink health care spending — almost a contradiction in a country where health care is a roaring engine of the economy.

Equity analysts look favorably on robust insurer risk management

April 24th, 2017 Insurance

Equity analysts prefer strong risk management practices among insurers rather than a focus purely on generating returns on investments according to a new survey.

Marathon Pharmaceutical Drops Out Of PhRMA Following Drug Price Controversy

April 23rd, 2017 Insurance

Two companies that faced criticism for high-priced drugs, Marathon and Mallinckrodt, have dropped out of the PhRMA trade association.

AIG units may be liable in airline reservations dispute

April 23rd, 2017 Insurance

The case is related to a $200 million settlement that a flight reservation technology firm reached with American Airlines.

Drugmakers Dramatically Boosted Lobbying Spending In Trump’s First Quarter

April 22nd, 2017 Insurance

With high drug prices creating widespread controversy, top pharmaceutical companies and their trade group vastly increased their lobbying spending on Capitol Hill.

Schinnerer unveils property insurance coverage

April 22nd, 2017 Insurance

The Schinnerer Group is introducing a new insurance program through Marsh L.L.C. that will cover up to 10% of an insured’s property insurance program with up to $200 million in limits per program.

What Doesn’t Kill You Can Maim: Unexpected Injuries From Opioids

April 21st, 2017 Insurance

Doctors are beginning to pay attention to injuries, such as brain damage or kidney failure, that can afflict people who survive an overdose.

Marsh adds business interruption cover to cyber policy

April 21st, 2017 Insurance

Marsh L.L.C. is adding broad contingent business interruption coverage as one enhancement to its Cyber CAT 2.0 policy.