Insurance

Australia rolls out new disability insurance plan

Monday, July 25, 2016A new national Australian program promises to dramatically transform the range of services available for people with disabilities in need of long-term care. The National Disability Insurance System, which began on a trial basis in 2013, is an additional income…

Gender bias suit targets California workers’ compensation system

Friday, July 15, 2016In a first-of-its-kind lawsuit [PDF], the Service Employees International Union and three individuals filed a discrimination suit, July 6, against the California workers’ compensation system, accusing it of discriminating against women with work-related disabilities. “California’s workers’ compensation system treats…

Court: ERISA denial letters do not have to include appeals time periods

Tuesday, April 12, 2016The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled March 23 that insurance companies are not required to notify beneficiaries of long-term disability insurance plans how long they have to appeal benefit denials. The Employee Retirement Security Act of…

Mental health parity rules expanded to Medicaid, CHIP

Wednesday, April 6, 2016The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released final regulations March 29 that expand existing mental health care equity laws to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed by Congress in…

ABA therapy to become a mandatory benefit for federal employees in 2017

Wednesday, March 9, 2016The U.S. Office of Personnel Management will now require that all insurance companies participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program cover Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, which can otherwise costs families tens of thousands of dollars. “For the 2017 plan…

Federal agency releases Affordable Care Act status reports

Friday, February 12, 2016The National Council on Disability released the third of three new reports February 2, detailing the key legal safeguards for protecting the rights of people with disabilities in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “By identifying issues for monitoring…

“The Forest” – New film disrespectful to Japanese suicide epidemic?

Thursday, February 11, 2016Hollywood is not exactly known for respecting people with disabilities. It seems that for every instance where progress is made, a step backwards occurs as well. Luckily, we as an audience can choose which films to support and which to…

Disability groups oppose new wellness proposal

Wednesday, February 10, 2016Twice in the past year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed regulations that could force employees with disabilities to sacrifice their families’ medical privacy, or risk paying thousands of dollars in fines. This is the assertion made by the…

ACA lawsuit challenges insurer’s prescription delivery system

Friday, May 8, 2015A federal class-action lawsuit filed April 27 accuses one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies of discriminating against patients with HIV/AIDS in its prescription drug policies. Until recently, patients with HIV/AIDS prescriptions could purchase their drugs either through the…

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