Insurance industry regulation

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Two statewide officials want California to take out insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Treasurer Fiona Ma said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, that California should follow the lead of Oregon and the federal government, after outspending its emergency fund in seven of the last 10 years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
February 14, 2019 - 6:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should get insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons, a solution that could help stem losses as climate change contributes to more destructive blazes, two state officials said Thursday. The most populous state should follow the lead of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, a view of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Borrowing a word from Democrats, a new White House report says changes made to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump didn’t amount to “sabotage.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
February 08, 2019 - 12:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from the White House tries to shift the Trump administration's combative rhetoric on health care, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump do not fundamentally undermine the health law. The Council of Economic Advisers report ,...
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FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks about proposed reforms to Medicare Part B drug pricing policies at the Brookings Institute in Washington. The Trump administration says it is moving ahead with a plan to let patients directly receive prescription drug discounts negotiated behind-the-scenes between drugmakers, middlemen, and insurers. Azar said Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, the proposed regulation would encourage the major industry players to channel any such discounts to consumers when they purchase their prescriptions. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
February 01, 2019 - 8:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top health official asked Congress on Friday to pass its new prescription drug discount plan and provide it to all patients, not just those covered by government programs like Medicare. The plan would take now-hidden rebates among industry players like...
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FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks about proposed reforms to Medicare Part B drug pricing policies at the Brookings Institute in Washington. The Trump administration says it is moving ahead with a plan to let patients directly receive prescription drug discounts negotiated behind-the-scenes between drugmakers, middlemen, and insurers. Azar said Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, the proposed regulation would encourage the major industry players to channel any such discounts to consumers when they purchase their prescriptions. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
January 31, 2019 - 7:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday unveiled a plan to channel now-hidden prescription drug rebates directly to patients, saying it would bypass middlemen and lower prices for consumers. The proposed regulation from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar would eliminate...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Roger Bloxberg, right, and his wife, Anne, embrace as they watch a wildfire on a hill top near their home in West Hills, Calif. Insurance claims from California's deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion. State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, that more than $8 billion worth of damage comes from the fire that leveled the town of Paradise and killed 86 people. About $3 billion more is from two Southern California wildfires that ignited the same week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 28, 2019 - 6:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from California's deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion, making the series of fires some of the most expensive in state history, officials said Monday. The latest tally adds to growing concerns about the future availability of home...
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons, London, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected calls to delay Britain's departure from the European Union, and says she will press on with efforts to get an EU divorce bill approved by Parliament. May says she will hold more talks with government and opposition lawmakers about their concerns over the deal, before going back to EU leaders. (House of Commons via AP)
January 21, 2019 - 12:31 pm
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit Plan B on Monday — and it looks a lot like Plan A. May launched a mission to resuscitate her rejected European Union divorce deal, setting out plans to get it approved by Parliament after securing changes from the EU to a...
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January 17, 2019 - 7:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced proposed rule changes that would lead to a modest premium increase next year under the Affordable Care Act, potentially handing Democrats a new presidential-year health care issue. The roughly 1 percent increase could feed into the...
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at a news conference in Seattle. Inslee, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, announced a proposal for a public health insurance option for Washington state residents, the latest action by a Democratic governor to address Trump administration health policies they say are keeping people from getting the care they need. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 08, 2019 - 7:39 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's governor and New York City's mayor unveiled major initiatives to expand health insurance coverage Tuesday, the latest moves by key Democratic leaders to address Trump administration health policies they say are keeping people from getting the care they need. Washington...
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Allyson Schwartz, president of Better Medicare Alliance, speaks during an Interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The group, gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries, is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 21, 2018 - 4:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. The Better Medicare Alliance claims a far-flung...
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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Ore., wait for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., before a news conference to press Congress to intervene on behalf of the Affordable Care Act, after a federal judge in Texas ruled it unconstitutional, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 19, 2018 - 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act has yet again beaten predictions of its downfall, as government figures released Wednesday showed unexpectedly solid sign-ups for health coverage next year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said nearly 8.5 million people had enrolled as of...
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