Health Insurance Roundup, May 16, 2016

Residents run for cover as health insurance policies shrink in the Gulf | The National

Generous health insurance policies used to be one of the biggest perks of working in the Arabian Gulf. But as regional governments seek savings while oil revenues fall, the benefits are fewer. 

Docs spread awareness on govt health insurance

World Nursing Day was observed in Government Hospital Goniana and Max Hospital. The hospital celebrated the day with their nursing staff with full of zest and enthusiasm.  

Mental health advocates question drug bill | The Charlotte Observer

Mental health advocates are raising concerns about a bill passed by Kansas lawmakers that would require doctors to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones for Medicaid recipients, but the bill’s backers say the concerns are overblown.

The process, called step therapy, is common in many private and public health insurance plans. It was key to resolving budget issues because it would reduce the state’s cost of providing health care for poor residents by nearly $11 million a year. Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the bill Monday. 

The GCC Healthcare Innovation Congress and the MENA Health Insurance Congress kicks off on Monday in Dubai – Zawya

Dubai, Under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention , the third edition of the GCC Healthcare Innovation Congress and the second edition of the MENA Health insurance Congress starts on Monday in Dubai, in cooperation with the Executive Board of the Health Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the support and sponsorship of a number of major health associations and IT corporations, including Saudi Association for Health Informatics, American Health Information Management Association, Orion Health, TPP, Sunquest and DELL. 

Cigna TTK Health eyes Rs 400-cr premium in FY17 –

Private health insurer Cigna TTK Health Insurance, which has set a target to breakeven by 2019-20, is expecting nearly a three-fold growth in total premium at Rs 400 crore this fiscal.

Insurance Options Dwindle in Some Rural Regions – WSJ

Health-insurance customers in a growing number of mostly rural regions will have just one insurer’s plans to choose from on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges next year, as some companies pull out of unprofitable markets. 

Those with health cover are being asked to pay twice –

One of the main reasons for this renewed bout of rate rises is a sneaky little measure introduced by James Reilly (pictured) when Minister for Health. The change was brought in back in 2014 and was reported on by this journalist extensively then. 

Murkowski thinks Affordable Care Act is deathly ill? Well, let’s hear her plan. | Alaska Dispatch News

In response to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s commentary about the Affordable Care Act, published May 10, Moda’s exit from the health insurance market in Alaska is indeed worrisome. However, in spite of the senator’s rant about the ACA, I have to question her motives and her insistence that she is “… struggling to improve it at every opportunity.” 

United Health-Ochsner agreement keeps coverage for 3000 – Washington Times

UnitedHealth and Ochsner Health System say they have an agreement to keep insurance through January for nearly 3,000 south Louisiana residents. 

‘Significant number’ of companies to downgrade healthcare cover for staff | The National

A significant number of companies plan to downgrade their healthcare benefits for workers amid budget cuts and concerns over the rising cost of health insurance. 

Letter: Insurance coverage lacking on emergency care | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Insurance coverage lacking on emergency care. Recent news stories are saying that many people are being surprised by high out-of-pocket costs for medical care, including emergency care. The problem is, health insurance companies are misleading patients by offering “affordable” premiums for policies that cover very little. 

One in four travellers don’t bother taking out insurance, research shows | Money | The Guardian

Almost one in four people do not take out travel insurance for their holidays, according to new research, with young people less likely to pay for the safety net when they go abroad. 


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