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April 12, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Saying the healthcare debate here was not sufficiently focused on curbing insurers' profits, some lawmakers and consumer groups are backing a new effort to regulate medical insurance rates the same way the state controls auto coverage costs. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed that insurers be required to spend at least 85% of premiums on actual medical care, as HMOs in California now must do.
June 11, 1987 | GERALD FARIS
John Sellars of Torrance, 62 and a retired TRW executive, has a dilemma. He has medical insurance through TRW and will be covered by Medicare when he turns 65, but in the meanwhile, what if he should become ill for a long time? "I'm not covered for long-term illness and nursing homes can charge $70 a day," he said. He may never have a problem, but should he buy insurance protecting himself and his wife anyway, and pay something like $600 a year for it? "You're betting," Sellars said.
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.
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.
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.
March 8, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challenging President Obama's healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue. Brown "doesn't have insurance. She doesn't want to pay for it. And she doesn't want the government to tell her she has to have it," said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation's case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.
January 22, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Children of the kitschy '70s, we're all latchkey kids now: The Captain & Tennille are getting divorced.  Toni Tennille, 73, real name  Cathryn Antoinette Tennille, filed for divorce from the "Captain," Daryl Dragon, 71, in an Arizona courthouse Thursday, according to RumorFix . People later confirmed the news, as did TMZ , which talked to Dragon.  The keyboard player said he didn't know why she'd filed, adding, "I gotta figure...
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