Health Insurance Roundup, June 21, 2016


The Unconscionable Difficulty of Getting Health Insurance for a Newborn – The Atlantic

Before I gave birth, I made three calls: one to Oscar, my health-insurance company; one to the New York state exchange through which I receive my insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act; and one to Child Health Plus, New York’s “health insurance program for kids,” through which my toddler daughter receives her coverage and with which I wanted to enroll my son. 


Nigeria’s Kwara state health insurance programme wins FT/IFC award — FT.com

Nigeria’s Kwara state, in partnership with the Dutch charity PharmAccess, has won anaward backed by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation. The award, in the category of maternal and infant health, was won for its health insurance programme to improve access to primary healthcare in rural regions. 


How to make a health insurance claim – The Economic Times

Policyholders can make health insurance claims either through cashless or reimbursement mode. Some hospitals do not offer cashless hospitalisation facility. In this case, the policyholder has to pay all dues to the hospital and then submit a claim to the insurer. 


Medibank Private may have contravened the health insurance code of conduct | afr.com

Medibank Private may have contravened the $21 billion industry’s own code of conduct by allegedly keeping customers in the dark over changes to their private health insurance coverage. 


Nurses strike after Allina tries to downgrade their health insurance plan | City Pages

Some 4,800 nurses working at Allina Health’s four hospitals walked off the job early Sunday morning, handing off their patients to 1,400 temps hired to carry on in their stead. 


Australian private health insurance deals before June 30 | HeraldSun

GIFT cards, waived waiting periods, one month’s free cover and the chance to win prizes are among the lures being used by health insurers to snare new customers. 


City Renews Big Employee Health Insurance Broker Contracts | New Brunswick Today

One Broker Gave Thousands to Re-Election Fund of Mayor Jim Cahill, $1,500 to Previous NB Mayor’s Campaign For State Senate. 


Health insurance for travellers | The Daily Star

Travelling overseas has become a norm for most Bangladeshis, be it for a vacation, a business meeting or a medical check up. 


Struggling for Profit Selling Health Insurance in State Marketplaces – The New York Times

Oscar Health was going to be a new kind of insurance company. Started in 2012, just in time to offer plans to people buying insurance under the new federal health care law, the business promised to use technology to push less costly care and more consumer-friendly coverage. 


Gallery: Strike to protest Allina’s demand for changes to health insurance. – StarTribune.com

Picket lines went up at 7 a.m., the start of a one-week strike called by the Minnesota Nurses Assocation (MNA) after negotiations broke down last Monday in a stalemate over health insurance coverage. For the second time in six years, the Twin Cities is on the brink of a major national nursing strike. 


Fragomen advises all sponsors in Dubai to provide mandatory health insurance to their employees by 30 June 2016 | Zawya

Dubai, UAE – Fragomen, the world’s leading global corporate immigration services provider, would like to remind all employers in Dubai to adhere to the Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) regulation, requiring all sponsors to enroll their employees for a mandatory medical coverage plan by June 30th, 2016. 


Your Questions: How good is the cover for premature births offered by private health insurers? – Independent.ie

My husband and I are planning our second baby. Our first baby was very premature and had to be kept in hospital for some time. We didn’t have private health insurance at the time and the costs that arose as a result of having a premature baby really put pressure on us financially. 


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