Insurance industry

Nancy Buchholz holds her late husband Jeff's photo and billing notices from the hospital, showing that care costs had surpassed $300,000. Jeff died six weeks after being diagnosed with cancer this spring. Nancy got Bind coverage through her employer, Dove Healthcare and the only bill she had to pay for his hospital stay was the $1,900 copayment laid out in the new insurance plan. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
December 17, 2018 - 12:04 pm
People with health insurance often pay for coverage they never use. A startup wants to shake that up. It's a radical idea: On-demand insurance that lets customers buy some of their coverage only if and when they need it, similar to how TV viewers might rent a new release from Amazon instead of...
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The U.S. Medicare Handbook is photographed Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Washington. Seniors in many states will be able to get additional services like help with chores, safety devices and respite for caregivers next year through private ‘Medicare Advantage’ insurance plans. It’s a sign of potentially big changes for Medicare. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
November 09, 2018 - 11:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in health care. Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and respite for caregivers through private Medicare Advantage insurance plans. There's a growing recognition...
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Specialist Peter Mazza, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Stocks are climbing in early trading on Wall Street as results of the U.S. midterm elections came in as investors had expected. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
November 07, 2018 - 3:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied Wednesday as investors were relieved to see that the U.S. midterm elections went largely as they expected they would. Big-name technology and consumer and health care companies soared as the S&P 500 index closed at its highest level in four weeks. Democrats won...
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Leave campaigner and businessman Arron Banks, centre, speaks to the media outside BBC Broadcasting House in London, after appearing on the Andrew Marr show, in London, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Britain's National Crime Agency is investigating a main financial backer of the campaign to get Britain out of the European Union over suspected illegal funding during the country's EU membership referendum, authorities said Thursday. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
November 06, 2018 - 10:11 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's data commissioner on Tuesday called for tougher rules governing the use of personal data by political campaigns around the world, declaring that recent investigations have shown a disturbing disregard for voters and their privacy. Speaking to the U.K. Parliament's media...
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Jodi Smith Lemacks, left, works with her son, Joshua, in their home in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Lemacks is nervous about changing or losing her job because that could mean cutting off her son Joshua from heart specialists he’s seen his entire life. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
October 28, 2018 - 12:07 pm
Insurance shoppers likely will have several choices for individual health coverage this fall. The bad news? There's no guarantee they will cover certain doctors or prescriptions. Health insurers have stopped fleeing the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces and they've toned down premium hikes that...
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President Donald Trump talks about drug prices during a visit to the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 26, 2018 - 12:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump has announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay much more than people in other countries for the same medications. "We are...
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FILE- In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo trader Thomas Ferrigno works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 16, 2018 - 12:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — World stock markets are turning higher again Tuesday, helped by strong earnings reports from major U.S. companies in finance and health care. Technology companies are also rising after their recent slump, and the S&P 500 index is on track for its biggest gain since early April...
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FILE - This Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows part of the UnitedHealth Group, Inc. campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth Group Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 16, 2018 - 5:52 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — UnitedHealth reported better-than-expected profits and revenue for the third quarter and the company raised its outlook yet again on strong trends in the insurance business. Earnings for the largest U.S. health insurer jumped almost 30 percent to $3.19 billion, or $3.24. Earnings...
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This aerial photo shows debris and destruction in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, after Hurricane Michael went through the area on Wednesday. Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town, was nearly obliterated by the hurricane, an official said Friday as the scale of the storm's fury became ever clearer. (Bronte Wittpenn/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
October 13, 2018 - 4:59 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's disjointed property insurance system that relies almost exclusively on small and midsize companies will take a multibillion dollar loss from Hurricane Michael, but has sufficient reserves and backups that providers should be able to pay claims without problems...
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In this Aug. 22, 2018 photo, April Box poses for a photo at her home in Spokane, Wash. Box is a healthcare advocate and runs the website www.hip-help.com to help guide people through major surgeries and other aspects of the healthcare system. Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get a price cut. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program that still divides voters heading into this year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 07, 2018 - 2:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get a price cut. That's the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this...
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