A.I. Can Improve Health Care. It Also Can Be Duped.
As medical insurers and billing companies begin using machine-learning software, they can learn to game the underlying algorithms for profit. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CADE METZ and CRAIG S. SMITH Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Artificial Intelligence Computers and the Internet Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles Hospitals Fingerprinting Science (Journal) Waymo Google Inc Source Type: news

Relationship Between Adherence to Antihypertensive Medication Regimen and Out-of-Pocket Costs Among People Aged 35 to 64 With Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Kentucky launches probe into drug overcharges by pharmacy benefit managers
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said on Thursday he had launched an investigation into allegations that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) had overcharged state health insurance programs for drugs and discriminated against independent pharmacies. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

She Owed $227,000 in Medical Bills —Even With Insurance. Here’s What it Took to Pay Them
The first surprise was the massive heart attack, which struck as Debbie Moehnke waited in a Vancouver, Wash., medical clinic last summer. “She had an appointment because her feet were swollen real bad,” said Larry Moehnke, her husband. “But she got in there and it was like, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!’” Her life suddenly at risk, the 59-year-old was rushed by ambulance, first to a local hospital, where she was stabilized, and then, the next day, to Oregon Health & Science University across the river in Portland for urgent cardiac care. That meant heart bypass surge...
Source: TIME: Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JoNel Aleccia / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news

Childhood adversity linked to higher out-of-pocket health care costs in adulthood
FINDINGSA study has found that out-of-pocket health care spending and medical debt are substantially higher when adults have a history of adverse childhood experiences. The study showed that household medical costs were 30 percent higher, and the likelihood of medical debt was doubled, when an adult had lived through three or more adverse experiences during childhood.BACKGROUNDAdverse childhood experiences include abuse, neglect and household dysfunction that occur before 18 years of age. The types of hardships can include divorce or separation from parents, violence in the home and parental mental illness. Such experience...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 21, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

As Kids Get Hooked on Vaping, Parents Are Desperate for Treatment That Doesn ’t Exist
Jami Scheetz knew that her 15-year-old son, Devon, needed help. His grades were slipping and he had been caught vaping at school so many times that he was on the brink of being expelled. Last fall, at the start of his freshman year, Devon’s school even sent him to the hospital for drug testing after getting in trouble once again. In the emergency room, Devon finally admitted it: He was addicted. “He said to me, ‘Mom, I can’t quit on my own. I need help,'” Scheetz says. E-cigarettes are illegal for people younger than 18 (and in some states, 21) but that hasn’t stopped teens from vaping i...
Source: TIME: Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Source Type: news

Affordable Care Act delivers significant benefits for women
(Elsevier) According to a new study appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, the rate of health insurance coverage and access to affordable acute and preventive care services improved for women after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The greatest advances were seen in women in the lowest income groups. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Characterizes the Marketplaces with One or Two Insurers? An Update
An Urban Institute brief provides information on the number of marketplace-participating insurers and premiums in ACA rating regions throughout the United States using 2018 and 2019 data. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Health Insurance Coverage)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Health Insurance Coverage - March 21, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Holahan J Tags: Health Care Coverage and Access National Source Type: news

Nigeria: Avon HMO Partners Lagos On Healthcare
[This Day] The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Avon Healthcare Limited, a Health Maintenance Company (HMO), Adesimbo Ukiri, has commended the Lagos State Government for partnering with privately owned HMOs to administer the recently launched Lagos Health Insurance Scheme. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

States Seek Financial Relief for Family Caregivers
Lawmakers in California and at least seven other states want to provide state income tax credits for families that need help with home caregiving. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAMANTHA YOUNG, KAISER HEALTH NEWS Tags: Politics and Government State Legislatures Alzheimer's Disease Elderly Law and Legislation Home Health Care Health Insurance and Managed Care Source Type: news

The F.D.A. Just Approved the First Drug for Postpartum Depression
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug specifically for the treatment of postpartum depression Tuesday. The drug, which is administered via an intravenous drip, reportedly works within 48 hours, providing near immediate relief to women experiencing symptoms, according to the New York Times. Postpartum depression has historically been treated with counseling or general antidepressants, which can take weeks to kick in or may not work at all. The newly-approved drug, brexanolone, will be marketed as Zulresso. The treatment will be offered only as an in-patient option at certified medical centers because it c...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Gunia Tags: Uncategorized Health Care onetime overnight Source Type: news

The FDA Just Approved the First Drug for Postpartum Depression
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug specifically for the treatment of postpartum depression Tuesday. The drug, which is administered via an intravenous drip, reportedly works within 48 hours, providing near immediate relief to women experiencing symptoms, according to the New York Times. Postpartum depression has historically been treated with counseling or general antidepressants, which can take weeks to kick in or may not work at all. The newly-approved drug, brexanolone, will be marketed as Zulresso. The treatment will be offered only as an in-patient option at certified medical centers because it c...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Gunia Tags: Uncategorized Health Care onetime overnight Source Type: news

WVU researcher finds some Medicaid populations more likely to die by suicide
(West Virginia University) A West Virginia University researcher has discovered the suicide rate of some Medicaid-insured youth -- including girls and young women -- is higher than those with private insurance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Swalwell Touts'Coverage For All' But Leaves Opening For Private Medicare
2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell wants to maintain private insurance while adding a public option, a position consistent with his past support of privatized Medicare Advantage. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Third of Uninsured Skimp on Meds to Save Money
Nearly 1 in 5 of those prescribed drugs asked their doctors for less expensive options. The rate was highest -- 40 percent -- among people without insurance, CNN reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health insurance associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease among aging immigrants
(New York University) Aging immigrants' risk for cardiovascular disease may be heightened by their lack of health insurance, particularly among those who recently arrived in the United States, finds a study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The findings are published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Insurance gap leaves patients on the hook for unexpected hospital bills
Nearly 65 percent of hospitals across the country use emergency rooms staffed by outside companies, allowing providers to charge patients more (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Insurance loophole leaves patients stuck with unexpected bills
Medical debt is the leading cause of banktuptcy in the U.S. and a recent survey found 57 percent of American adults have received a surprise medical bill. Oftentimes it's for treatment they later learned was "out of network." Mireya Villarreal explains. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meet Elite Insurance Co., a 2019 Best Places to Work honoree
Medium (25-49 employees) Elite Insurance Company Location: Clearwater What is your company culture in a #hashtag? #WeCare Elite Insurance Co. is a Medicare learning resource center. The company educates Medicare beneficiaries on all their Medicare healthcare options and is also a Medicare Supplement insurance broker.  Are you currently hiring? Mid-year, we will start hiring 15 – 20 employees every couple of months. When hiring, what do you look for in the ideal candidate? Our ideal candidate… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Chris Erickson Source Type: news

Medicare For All Won't Result In Better Health Outcomes
Abolishing private insurance and forcing everyone into a government health plan -- as Medicare for All's proponents advocate -- wouldn't improve patients'health. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sally Pipes, Contributor Source Type: news

Anthony Timberlands Seeks to Chop Health Costs
Anthony Timberlands Inc. of Bearden has partnered with the Arkansas Health Network of Little Rock to help cut costs and improve the health of about 1,000 people in the company's self-insured plan. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Beto O ’Rourke Dials Back Medicare-For-All Talk
In launching his campaign for President, Beto O'Rourke sees an incremental approach to guaranteeing insurance coverage for all Americans. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 17, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Prevalence and correlates of disability among a sample of victimized women on probation and parole - Smith KE, Bunting AM, Golder S, Hall MT, Higgins GE, Logan TK.
The purpose of this exploratory study was to establish the prevalence of disability as measured by self-reported Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) receipt among a sample of women on probation and parole who have experienced interpersonal victimiz... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Health insurance giant Aetna to lay off 106 employees
An Aetna spokesperson said the company wants to consolidate its offices. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ashley Portero Source Type: news

Health insurance giant Aetna to lay off 106 employees
An Aetna spokesperson said the company wants to consolidate its offices. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ashley Portero Source Type: news

Fury as French gynaecologists' union threatens to stop carrying out abortions
France's health minister Agnés Buzyn has accused the Syngof union of 'taking women hostage' as it demands talks with the government about its members being covered by state insurance. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rachelle Sico, 2019 Top Corporate Counsel rising star
A year into the role, Rachelle Sico is leading a team that manages hundreds in annual insurance regulatory filings and insurance licenses for more than 200 affiliates throughout the country. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Crystal Owens Source Type: news

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A move in more than a dozen states to impose work requirements as a condition of Medicaid coverage could not only result in people losing health insurance, but could also impact hospitals’ revenue, increase uncompensated care costs, and have a detrimental economic effect on local communities, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Payments and contracting for integrated care
This paper questions whether the latest financial incentive schemes will be any more successful than their predecessors. It suggests there are significant unresolved difficulties in applying the type of incentive scheme developed for accountable care in insurance-based health systems to tax-funded health systems with state-owned providers and limited choice of provider. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: EcoSure Partners With Mars to Introduce Ambulance Service
[263Chat] Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe's EcoSure insurance business has unveiled a package that will offer its customers access to ambulance services from MARS. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New partnership with LV General Insurance advances data science capabilities
The University of Bristol and LV= General Insurance (LV=GI), one of the UK ’ s largest personal insurers, have today announced a new partnership with the aim of working together to make advancements in the field of data science by sharing knowledge, skills and opportunities. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - March 14, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Announcements; Press Release Source Type: news

Sale of bankrupt Verity Health Systems assets gets even messier
Nurses at two former Verity hospitals participated in a one-day strike Tuesday and a major insurance company has objected to the sale of some of Verity's health clinics. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 14, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jody Meacham Source Type: news

Nigeria: Adenusi - Lagos Health Insurance Enrollees Will Enjoy Qualitative, Accessible Basic Healthcare
[This Day] Dr. Peju Adenusi is the General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency. In this interview with select journalists, she said Lagosians enrolled into the state's health insurancescheme will have unfettered access to quality basic healthcare across. She also spoke on other benefits of the scheme, among other sundry matters. Excerpts (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sale of bankrupt Verity Health Systems assets gets even messier
Nurses at two former Verity hospitals participated in a one-day strike Tuesday and a major insurance company has objected to the sale of some of Verity's health clinics. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 14, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jody Meacham Source Type: news

Cutbacks by some doctors halved new opioid prescriptions over 5 years
(Reuters Health) - The rate of first-time opioid prescriptions declined 54 percent between 2012 and 2017 in the U.S., largely because many doctors stopped prescribing the painkillers, according to a study of more than 86 million people covered by private insurance. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Health and accident insurers
These are the top health and accident insurers in Alabama, ranked by value of direct premiums written in the state during 2017. Information was obtained from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, BBJ records and company websites. Only those with available data were listed. Some addresses may refer to local offices instead of national headquarters. In case of ties, companies are listed alphabetically. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 13, 2019 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

You're Already A Guinea Pig. Here's How To Be A Better One.
Not long ago, I received a treatment so unproven my insurance company wouldn ’t pay for it. Third party payers have the power to persuade clinicians to provide promising but unproven treatments within the context of scientifically useful clinical trials via the consortium model. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

EACH Woman Act Offers Bold Path Toward Equitable Abortion Coverage
On March 12, Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) reintroduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act along with 106  cosponsors. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

UnitedHealthcare Will Expand a Drug Discount Program Aimed at Lowering Consumer Costs
Under the plan, all new employer-sponsored health plans that use the major insurer will have to pass drug discounts to consumers beginning next year. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATIE THOMAS Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) OptumRx Inc UnitedHealth Group Inc Rebates and Refunds your-feed-science Source Type: news

UnitedHealth will require drug discounts to be passed along to consumers
Insurance giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Tuesday that it's toughening its rules on drug discounts provided via employer coverage, mandating that the savings be passed along to the end consumer. The Wall Street Journal has a report on the move by Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH), which will affect new contracts signed beginning in 2020 for employers that use its pharmacy-benefit manager, OptumRx. Current employer plans often include discounts on various medications from drugmak ers,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

Federal agency looking at fitness trackers for public sector workers
A little-known research group inside the prime minister's own department has been looking at whether public servants should be offered electronic fitness-tracking devices to help reduce their health insurance premiums. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Is Not Entitled To Benefits Under Any-Occupation Standard
PHILADELPHIA - A district court did not err in finding that a disability claimant is not entitled to long-term disability (LTD) benefits under a plan's any-occupation standard because the medical evidence supports the plan's determination that the claimant was capable of performing full-time sedentary work, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Feb. 28 (Thomas P. Kelly Jr. v. The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-1162, 3rd Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 6199). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

9th Circuit Denies Rehearing In Abuse Of Discretion Disability Benefits Dispute
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 12 denied a long-term disability (LTD) plan administrator's motion to reconsider its decision that the plan administrator abused its discretion in denying LTD benefits under the plan's any-occupation standard because the plan administrator failed to properly consider restrictions placed on the claimant's ability to stand (Jennifer Kott v. Agilent Technologies Inc. Disability Plan, No. 17-16584, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 4235). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Reconsideration Not Warranted In Disability Benefits Suit, Judge Says
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma federal judge on Feb. 8 denied a disability claimant's motion for reconsideration after determining that the claimant presented no new evidence that would warrant reconsideration of a judgment entered in favor of the disability insurer (Alison Smith v. The Standard Insurance Co., No. 16-953, W.D. Okla., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20784). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Denial Of STD Benefits Was An Abuse Of Discretion, Federal Judge Determines
SAN DIEGO - A disability plan's termination of short-term disability (STD) benefits was an abuse of discretion because the plan failed to consider the claimant's subjective reports of pain related to her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and erroneously concluded that the claimant's symptoms had improved, a California federal judge said March 4 in remanding for an award of STD benefits and for a determination on the claimant's entitlement to long-term disability (LTD) benefits (Lizbeth Valdez v. AT&T Umbrella Benefit Plan No. 1, No. 16-2613, S.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34159). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's&tra...
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Evidence Supports Finding That Claimant Was Not Disabled From Own Occupation
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal judge on Feb. 21 granted a disability insurer's motion for summary judgment after determining that the insurer did not abuse its discretion in finding that the claimant was not disabled from performing the duties of her own occupation as an attorney because the objective medical evidence clearly supports the insurer's finding (Anne Wittmann v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-9501, E.D. La., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27510). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Denial Of Short-Term Disability Benefits Was Not Arbitrary, Capricious
CLEVELAND - A disability insurer's denial of short-term disability (STD) benefits was not arbitrary and capricious because the denial was supported by substantial evidence, an Ohio federal judge said Feb. 21 (Christopher Draper v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 18-1321, N.D. Ohio, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27672). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Termination Of LTD Benefits Supported By Substantial Evidence, Panel Determines
ST. LOUIS - A disability insurer did not abuse its discretion in terminating a claimant's long-term disability benefits because the insurer's termination was supported by substantial evidence that the claimant may have been attempting to appear more cognitively impaired than he actually was during the medical examinations ordered by the insurer, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Feb. 25 (John Johnston v. Prudential Insurance Company of America, No. 17-3415, 8th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 5407). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Summary Judgment Ruling On Tort Claims In Bad Faith Dispute Upheld
CINCINNATI - A federal district court did not abuse its discretion in sua sponte dismissing an insured's bifurcated tort claims against his long-term disability insurance provider because the insured failed to submit all of his evidence in support of his claims in responding to the insurer's motion for summary judgment on the insurer's breach of contract claim, a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel affirmed Feb. 7 (James H. Pogue v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 18-5291, 6th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 3943). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Plan Administrator Considered All Evidence Before Denying Claim
DETROIT - A disability plan administrator did not act arbitrarily or capriciously in denying a claim for long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the plan administrator reviewed all of the medical evidence before reasonably concluding that the claimant was not totally or permanently disabled, the Michigan Court of Appeals said Feb. 21 (Amy Clements v. University of Michigan Regents, No. 341114, Mich. App., 2019 Mich. App. LEXIS 323). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - March 12, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news