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US Facilities Corp., a medical insurance company specializing in stop-loss coverage, said Tuesday that it has formed a subsidiary in Illinois that will review medical bills to control medical costs. Subsidiary US MedCare Review, based in Oakbrook, Ill., began operating on Monday, company spokesman Jose Velasco said. It was formed after the parent company bought "a substantial majority" of assets from CareMax Inc., also based in Oakbrook, he said. Terms of the buyout were not available.
September 21, 2009 | J. Duncan Moore Jr., Moore is a freelance writer in Chicago and the co-founder of the Assn. of Health Care Journalists
It never occurred to me that I would count myself among America's 47 million uninsured when I passed my 53rd birthday earlier this year. I'm the last person I would have imagined living without a safety net between me and the medical risks of early middle age. Insurance against the unforeseeable, after all, is what makes middle-class existence possible. Yet, as the country debates the merits of reforming the rules around insurance markets, it's worth pondering what value health insurance really adds for individuals under the current system.
January 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have each played six games this season, making the Lakers' medical-insurance options more interesting than usual. The Lakers are short on victories but might get some money back from the absences of Nash and Bryant. If a player misses 41 games in a season, medical insurance covers 80% of his missed time after that. Bryant and Nash sat out their 27th game Friday. Neither player is expected to return for several weeks, Nash because of recurring back soreness and Bryant because of a fractured left knee.
May 12, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Even as Americans debate whether to scrap President Obama's healthcare law and its promise of guaranteed health coverage, many far less affluent nations are moving in the opposite direction - to provide medical insurance to all citizens. China, after years of underfunding healthcare, is on track to complete a three-year, $124-billion initiative projected to cover more than 90% of the nation's residents. Mexico, which a decade ago covered less than half its population, just completed an eight-year drive for universal coverage that has dramatically expanded Mexicans' access to life-saving treatments for diseases such as leukemia and breast cancer.
Horatio Zungu, a traditional African doctor, was trying to be helpful. "We don't use a medical system like Western doctors," he explained. Indeed. His patient, Victor Shabalala, removed his shoes to show respect to the ancestors. Then he lifted a goatskin bag, pressed it to his forehead and tapped it on each knee before spilling the contents on the floor. Zungu poked a stick at the scattered bits of bone, shell, ivory and coins to form his diagnosis. The patient was silent.
June 29, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama, in his drive for a national healthcare overhaul, strove to provide a new guarantee that all Americans, no matter where they live, would have basic protection against sickness and disease, ending decades of variation among states. The Supreme Court did not dismantle that guarantee Thursday. But while upholding the Affordable Care Act, the court opened the door to something the president and other champions of the law sought to avoid - widening disparities between red and blue states in who gets healthcare.
June 26, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The U.S. State Department is reaching out to travelers with an iPhone app. Name: Smart Traveler Available for: iPhone What it does: Provides the latest travel warnings and travel alerts for countries, listed A to Z, plus information you need to know before you go, such as entry and exit requirements, safety and security, embassy locations, medical insurance, children's issues and more. You can also forward the information to friends by email. Cost: Free What's hot: The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which allows you to enter details about your upcoming trip so that the State Department can assist you in an emergency.
May 10, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
One of the brothers behind the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign for weight-loss surgery faces the possible revocation of his medical license in a misconduct case filed by state regulators. The Medical Board of California accused Michael Omidi of "repeated acts of negligence" in treating two women, one who sought corrective breast surgery and a second who sought weight-loss surgery. The board alleged that Omidi provided "substandard care" in the treatment of the first woman and that his staff gave "inaccurate or misleading information" about the second woman's health, saying she had sleep apnea even though she had not been previously diagnosed with the disorder.
December 13, 2009 | Steve Lopez
Growing old, particularly in this economy, is not for sissies. Just ask Bob and Roselee Packham of Santa Monica. Bob, 63, recently lost his job with a company that does audiovisual work at conferences and meetings. That left them with the small salary Roselee, also 63, earns in a part-time position at their synagogue. Bob continues his search for work. Light a candle for them and others like them, if you're so inclined. Not that the Packhams are broke, or anywhere near the edge of the cliff.
August 5, 2011 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
A 65-year-old doctor was convicted Thursday of performing unnecessary and dangerous surgeries on more than 160 people in a $154-million medical insurance scam that lured patients by promising them cash or low-cost cosmetic surgeries. Dr. Michael Chan of Cerritos, one of 19 defendants accused of fraudulently billing medical insurance companies, pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to 40 felony counts, including conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and insurance fraud. He faces up to 28 years in state prison.
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