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An emotional support stuffed baboon? Why states are starting to crack down on emotional support animals.

June 26, 2019

The number of people registering emotional support animals with the National Service Animal Registry has increased from 2,400 in 2011 to almost 200,000 today—and the increase has led some states to enact legislation strengthening requirements for such animals.

Centene, WellCare merger just cleared a 'big milestone'

June 25, 2019

Centene and Wellcare on Monday received their shareholder's approval to merge, but the companies still need regulatory approval for the proposed merger, which would form a combined entity with revenue of about $97 billion in 2019 on a pro forma basis and 22 million members nationwide.

Medicaid work requirements don't boost employment, new study suggests

June 21, 2019

After Arkansas implemented Medicaid work requirements, thousands of adults lost their health insurance and unemployment among Medicaid-eligible adults rose, according to a study published Wednesday.

California is using apps to monitor mental health patients. (And it's off to a rocky start).

June 21, 2019

California recently launched a multi-million dollar effort to test whether mobile apps can make mental health treatment accessible, and perhaps one day prevent a crisis before it occurs—but early testing suggests that privacy concerns, as well as issues that stymie conventional mental health treatments, present obstacles to success.

Why these diabetes patients are caravanning to Canada

June 19, 2019

U.S. residents increasingly are visiting Canada to purchase insulin, as costs for the diabetes treatment in the United States have spiked in recent years.

Health care ministries are booming, but state regulators warn it's not insurance

June 19, 2019

More U.S. residents are turning to faith-based health care sharing ministries that provide cost-sharing arrangements to help cover members' medical bills, but some states have taken action amid complaints that members' medical bills are not being paid.

How state, local health departments are responding to US measles outbreaks

June 18, 2019

The number of measles cases reported in the United States this year has continued to grow, and state and local health departments—which are largely responsible for tracking, reporting, and combating measles outbreaks—are feeling strained.

She thought her spine surgery was fully covered—then came a nearly $100K charge

June 18, 2019

Liv Cannon's fiancé thought it was a scam when Cannon received an explanation of benefits detailing a nearly $100,000 medical charge about a year after she underwent life-changing back surgery—but it turns out the charge was real.

Scammers are offering fake genetic tests to steal Medicare, Medicaid beneficiaries' data, HHS' OIG warns

June 17, 2019

HHS' Office of Inspector General earlier this month issued a fraud alert warning Medicare beneficiaries about an alleged ongoing scam involving genetic testing.

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