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June 22, 1988
The Assembly Ways and Means Committee has approved legislation allowing testing for AIDS as a condition for obtaining individual health and life insurance. The two bills have been sent to the floor for action. Legislators will be well advised to proceed with caution. We have no disagreement with AB 3305, which would allow AIDS testing as a condition for issuing life insurance.
Last week, a task force for the California Department of Insurance issued a report urging state regulators to eliminate insurer discrimination against unmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples. Noting that by the year 2000 unmarried individuals will comprise a majority of the state's population, the study recommended the passage of state regulations declaring marital status-based rate bias to be an unfair business practice.
October 10, 2000 | D. TED LEWERS, D. Ted Lewers, MD, is chair of the American Medical Assn.'s board of trustees
Twice in the past year, a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate voted against a patients' bill of rights designed to protect Americans from managed-care abuses. Instead, the Senate passed, with a one-vote margin, legislation that might be more aptly named "The HMO Protection Act." There is still time for this Senate, in this Congress, to give patients the protections they deserve. The American Medical Assn.
July 15, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
California doctors won a victory against health insurers in Sacramento on Monday when the Assembly approved a bill to toughen the state's power to fine insurers for failing to pay medical bills. But the measure now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is coming under pressure from HMOs and his own regulators to issue a veto.
January 4, 2007 | PATT MORRISON
IT'S A GOOD thing I have health insurance, because I thought my ticker was going to give out when I read this: Health insurance companies will not sell policies, at any price, to hale and healthy people who have, or had, some pretty trifling ailments. Hemorrhoids. Varicose veins. A woman who'd gone to a psychologist after breaking up with her honey was denied. So was a guy with jock itch, and a 40-year-old man with asthma.
Health insurance companies, fearful of federal and state intervention on behalf of millions of uninsured persons, are quickly developing plans to make coverage more affordable for hard-pressed small businesses. The Health Insurance Assn. of America will vote later this month on a proposal to create a high-risk pool that would guarantee coverage for small companies regardless of the type of business involved or the health status of their workers.
December 26, 1987
California, more rigorously than any other state, has guarded confidentiality concerning the results of AIDS tests, and this has contributed significantly to the progress made in this state in the struggle to control the spread of the disease. So it is with grave concern that we all must view the new efforts to break down those protections of confidentiality. Confidentiality is important for two reasons.
November 21, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein
Last week, one day apart, two governors took dramatic steps that could crystallize a healthcare debate developing in the states -- even as Washington mostly averts its eyes from the problems of declining access and rising costs. On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation making Illinois the first state to guarantee all children access to health insurance. The next day, Republican Gov.
June 17, 2008 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Insurance companies often fail to properly reimburse doctors, needlessly adding more than $200 billion a year to the nation's healthcare tab, the American Medical Assn. said Monday. An analysis of 3 million medical claims over a six-month period beginning in October also found that doctors in the U.S. spend 14% of the fees they receive from insurers and Medicare on the process of collecting those fees, the AMA said in a report issued at its annual meeting in Chicago.
January 4, 2006 | From Associated Press
In the months before colon cancer took her life, aspiring teacher Michelle Morse attended Plymouth State University full time, often wearing a chemotherapy pump on her hip to class or when she did her student teaching. To remain covered under her mother's health insurance, Morse had to either maintain a full course load or pay about $550 a month. She chose the former, even though her doctors urged her to cut back.
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