Associated Press Published 11:40 AM EDT Mar 11, 2019 Lansing — Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents potentially affected by a health care data breach are being urged to take extra precautions about their personal information. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Department of Insurance and Financial Services Director Anita Fox on Monday issued a warning about the breach involving Detroit-based Wolverine Solutions Group. The breach was discovered last year. Information of more than 600,000 in Michigan may have been affected, including customers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan, McLaren Health Care, Three Rivers Health and North Ottawa Community Health System. Wolverine Solutions Group says it mailed letters to all impacted individuals . The company says compromised information could include names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, insurance contract information and numbers, phone numbers and medical information. … [Read more...] about Michigan residents warned about health care data breach
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WASHINGTON – Even before Democrats finish drafting bills to create a single-payer health care system, the health care and insurance industries have assembled a small army of lobbyists to kill "Medicare for all," an idea that is mocked publicly but is being greeted privately with increasing seriousness. Doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurers are intent on strangling Medicare for all before it advances from an aspirational slogan to a legislative agenda item. They have hired a top lieutenant in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign to spearhead the effort. And their tactics will show Democrats what they are up against as the party drifts to the left on health care. They also demonstrate how entrenched the Affordable Care Act has become in the U.S. health care system. The lobbyists' message is simple: The Affordable Care Act is working reasonably well and should be improved, not repealed by Republicans or replaced by Democrats with a big new public program. More than … [Read more...] about Health care lobbies unite to kill ‘Medicare for all’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Health Care and Insurance Industries Mobilize to Kill ‘Medicare for All’ Supported by ByRobert Pear Feb. 23, 2019 WASHINGTON — Even before Democrats finish drafting bills to create a single-payer health care system, the health care and insurance industries have assembled a small army of lobbyists to kill “Medicare for all,” an idea that is mocked publicly but is being greeted privately with increasing seriousness. Doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurers are intent on strangling Medicare for all before it advances from an aspirational slogan to a legislative agenda item. They have hired a top lieutenant in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign to spearhead the effort. And their tactics will show Democrats what they are up against as the party drifts to … [Read more...] about Health Care and Insurance Industries Mobilize to Kill ‘Medicare for All’
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff October 20, 2018 Part of a series of occasional articles on how money affects patients and their care.Massachusetts has more mental health care providers per capita than any other state, more psychiatrists than anywhere but Washington, D.C., more child psychiatrists than all but D.C. and Rhode Island. Yet poor and middle-class patients describe an often-frustrating and painful struggle to find a provider who will see them, at a price they can afford. They sometimes suffer longer than necessary, or settle for care by an inexperienced or less-credentialed practitioner. Advertisement How can this be? Only about half of all licensed mental health care providers — psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists — accept payment from Massachusetts Medicaid. Only about … [Read more...] about For many, a struggle to find affordable mental health care
Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson are both promising Minnesotans better-quality health care for less cost. But it is unlikely that either candidate for governor’s plan would do just that. That’s the conclusion of several health care experts interviewed by the Pioneer Press. “We’re hearing things that are more aspirational than concrete,” said Scott Keefer, vice president of public affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. “What we want to hear is more of a holistic conversation that would improve the health care system and make it more affordable for everyone, and we’re not really hearing that.” Instead, says Larry Jacobs, an expert on health care policy and the director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, we’re hearing elaborate talking points. Walz, a Democrat and Mankato congressman, is pushing a philosophy that expands government … [Read more...] about Gov. candidates Walz and Johnson are at odds on health care. Would either’s plan fix much?