Why It ’s Still So Complicated to Get Free Home Covid Tests
This week, nearly two full years into the on-going pandemic, the Biden Administration told Americans that they would, at long last, be given access to free, rapid COVID-19 tests — a key tool in containing the spread of the virus. The government’s plan was two-fold. First, on Jan. 15, federal agencies implemented new rules requiring private health insurers to cover at-home tests. And second, on Jan. 18, the feds launched a new website to deliver free rapid antigen tests directly to Americans’ homes. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The effort was a major step in the right direction, public heal...
Source: TIME: Health - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Qure.ai gets FDA green light for AI algorithm for breathing tube placement and other digital health briefs
Also: Truepill launches a  COVID-19 test coverage platform for insurers, and 23andMe extends its partnership with GSK. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 20, 2022 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

U.S. Insurers Could Spend Millions for Ivermectin Rx for COVID-19
THURSDAY, Jan. 20, 2022 -- Insurers could prevent substantial waste by restricting prescription coverage for inappropriate use of ivermectin for COVID-19, according to a research letter published online Jan. 13 in the Journal of the American Medical... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 20, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Five Things You Should Know About'Free' At-Home COVID Tests Five Things You Should Know About'Free' At-Home COVID Tests
Telling insurance companies to pay for rapid COVID-19 tests is just the latest COVID-related cost the federal government expects them to bear. But who really ends up paying for it?Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - January 19, 2022 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

White House Soft-Launches COVID-19 Test Request Website
WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online. The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to order four at-home tests per residential address, to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. It marks the latest step by President Joe Biden to address criticism of low inventory and long lines for testing during a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the website was in “beta testing&rdqu...
Source: TIME: Health - January 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ZEKE MILLER / AP Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Insurance Often Covers Ivermectin for COVID, Even Though Drug Doesn't Work
MONDAY, Jan. 17, 2022 -- U.S. insurers are paying millions of dollars a year to cover the cost of ivermectin for COVID-19 patients despite a lack of proof the anti-parasitic drug is effective against the virus, a new study finds. Both the U.S. Food... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 17, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Insurance Often Covers Ivermectin for COVID-19, Even Though Drug Doesn't Work
MONDAY, Jan. 17, 2022 -- U.S. insurers are paying millions of dollars a year to cover the cost of ivermectin for COVID-19 patients despite a lack of proof the anti-parasitic drug is effective against the virus, a new study finds. Both the U.S. Food... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 17, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Ivermectin For Covid-19 Cost Medicare, U.S. Insurers Nearly $2.5 Million A Week
That would project to an estimated $129.  6 million over the course of a year. Guess who'll end up paying for this. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 17, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Banking & Insurance /banking-insurance business pharma Source Type: news

Biden's rule mandating free coverage for COVID test came with no warning, will take weeks to implement: report
Some health insurers say they will have trouble adapting to a new federal rule from the Biden administration requiring them to cover the costs of 8 at home tests per month. #healthinsurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to get free at-home COVID tests under new government program
Private health insurers are now required to cover eight home tests per month for each of their members. Here’s how to get your free tests. #healthinsurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private Insurers Must Cover Follow-Up Colonoscopies Private Insurers Must Cover Follow-Up Colonoscopies
The American Gastroenterology Association expects this guidance will eliminate surprise bills and give patients peace of mind regarding coverage.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - January 14, 2022 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Ivermectin Scripts for COVID Cost Insurers Nearly $130M Annually Ivermectin Scripts for COVID Cost Insurers Nearly $130M Annually
Most prescriptions are being written for COVID-19, although there's no evidence that it's effective against the virus.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - January 14, 2022 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Federal Testing Website Will Launch Next Week and Offer 4 Tests Per Home
(Washington D.C.) — The federal website where Americans can request free COVID-19 tests will begin accepting orders on Wednesday as the White House looks to address nationwide shortages, but supplies will be limited to just four free tests per home. Starting on Jan. 19, the website COVIDTests.gov will provide tests at no cost, including no shipping fee, the White House announced Friday. As he faced criticism for low inventory and long lines for testing, President Joe Biden announced last month that the U.S. would purchase 500 million at-home tests to launch the program and on Thursday the president announced that he ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zeke Miller / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate News Desk wire Source Type: news

Insurers, employers start helping more with chronic disease
Insurers and employers are taking a renewed interest in programs that help people deal with chronic _ and potentially expensive _ health problems (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More free rapid COVID tests are coming. Here's what we know so far
As the Biden administration tries to cut the cost of home COVID tests, health insurers will begin paying for them. But that won't increase the supply. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - January 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Healey Source Type: news

How will I be reimbursed for rapid COVID tests? And other FAQs
Beginning January 15, most private insurers will cover the cost of eight rapid at-home COVID-19 tests per month. #insurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Enthusiast ’s Guide To At-Home COVID-19 Tests
The COVID era has brought us many new experiences: mask-wearing, remote schooling, sheltering in place. The majority of these have been onerous and dreary. It’s amazing how energy-sapping it is to just have to wait for something to be over. But now at last we can do a new activity! An activity that will help reduce the spread of COVID! An activity that takes us places we haven’t been before, from the comfort of our home! And that activity is sticking a swab up our noses and investigating what comes out. Testing for COVID at home, I would argue, is the project we’ve all been waiting for. It’s good f...
Source: TIME: Health - January 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

U.S. Insurers Must Cover Eight COVID-19 At-Home Tests a Month: White House
TUESDAY, Jan. 11, 2022 -- Private insurers will have to cover the cost of eight at-home COVID-19 tests per person per month as of Saturday, the Biden administration announced Monday. Under the plan, people who provide their insurance information at... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 11, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

At-Home COVID-19 Tests to Be Covered by Insurers Starting Jan. 15, 2022
(WASHINGTON) — Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations. Under the new policy, first detailed to the AP, Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit. A family of four, for instance, could be reimbursed for up to 32 tests per month. PCR tests...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ZEKE MILLER/AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate wire Source Type: news

Home COVID Tests to be Covered by Insurers Starting Saturday
The Biden administration hopes that by easing access to testing, it can help slow the spread of the virus. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 11, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: news

What We Know About Omicron Symptoms So Far
The list of symptoms associated with COVID-19 is long, spanning everything from lost taste and smell to skin conditions. But since the pandemic began, health authorities have emphasized a few hallmark signs, namely coughing and fever. As people the world over are finding, though, cases related to the Omicron variant don’t always produce those symptoms. During the Omicron wave, many people are reporting symptoms more in line with a common cold, with some puzzling additions—like lower back pain. There’s still a lot to be learned, but here’s what we know so far about the symptoms of Omicron. [time-brig...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

U.S. Insurers Must Cover 8 COVID At-Home Tests a Month: White House
TUESDAY, Jan. 11, 2022 -- Private insurers will have to cover the cost of eight at-home COVID tests per person per month as of Saturday, the Biden administration announced Monday.“Today’s action further removes financial barriers and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 11, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Home Covid-19 tests must be paid for by health insurers starting Saturday
Health insurers must cover the cost of home Covid-19 tests starting January 15, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday. #healthinsurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. insurers must cover eight at-home COVID tests per person monthly -White House
Insurance companies will be required to cover eight over-the-counter at-home coronavirus tests per person each month starting Saturday, the Biden administration said, expanding access to highly... #insurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Insurers Will Have to Cover 8 At-Home Virus Tests Per Month
The Biden administration announced the new guidelines as it continued to work to get coronavirus tests to people regardless of their insurance status. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Noah Weiland and Sarah Kliff Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Tests (Medical) Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Health and Human Services Department Source Type: news

Insurers Will Have to Cover 8 At-Home Virus Tests Per Month
The Biden administration announced the new guidelines as it continued to work to get coronavirus tests to people regardless of their insurance status. #insurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

White House Says Private Insurers to Cover Rapid Covid-19 Tests
Starting Saturday, insurers will have to account for up to eight rapid Covid-19 tests a month per covered individual. #insurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Home COVID tests to be covered by insurers starting Saturday
Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for those on their plans (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Biden administration lays out rules for reimbursing at-home Covid tests
Under the plan, private insurers can set up programs at preferred pharmacies or retailers where the upfront cost of home tests is covered for beneficiaries. #insurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biden Requires Insurance Companies To Cover Free At-Home Covid Tests Starting This Weekend
Private insurance companies will be required to pay for up to eight at-home tests per person every month. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 10, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anna Kaplan, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Breaking breaking-news Coronavirus Source Type: news

Home Covid tests to be covered by insurers starting Saturday
Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home Covid-19 tests per month for people on their plans. #homecovid #healthinsurers #insurers (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicare Seeks to Cut Drug Costs for People in Part D Plans Medicare Seeks to Cut Drug Costs for People in Part D Plans
The federal government wants to challenge insurers to deliver better service for their Medicare customers, including maintaining adequate networks of doctors for new or expanded Advantage plans.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - January 10, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

As Pandemic Regs Expire, States Get Tougher on Telehealth: Report As Pandemic Regs Expire, States Get Tougher on Telehealth: Report
In some states, insurers no longer have to cover telehealth; difficulties also linger for practicing medicine across jurisdictions.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Health Insurers in NC
Check out the list of largest health insurers in North Carolina. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 10, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medicare Seeks to Cut Drug Costs for People in Part D Plans
The federal government wants to challenge insurers to deliver better service for their Medicare customers, including maintaining adequate networks of doctors for new or expanded Advantage plans. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Slovenia: Health System Review
Health Syst Transit. 2021 Oct;23(1):1-183.ABSTRACTThis analysis of the Slovene health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Slovenia has a statutory health insurance system with a single public insurer, providing almost universal coverage for a broad benefits package, though some services require relatively high levels of co-insurance (called co-payments in Slovenia). To cover these costs, about 95% of the population liable for cost-sharing purchases complementary, voluntary health insurance. Health expenditu...
Source: Health systems in transition - January 7, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Tit Albreht Katherine Polin Radivoje Pribakovi ć Brinovec Marjeta Kuhar Mircha Poldrugovac Petra Ogrin Rehberger Valentina Prevolnik Rupel Pia Vracko Source Type: news

Cue Health to develop Omicron genotyping COVID-19 test and other digital health briefs
Also: Medicare Advantage insurer Zing Health partners with Papa.  Verily and biopharma-company Sosei Heptares announce a research collaboration. Pharma-focused accelerator PharmStars’ next cohort will focus on neurological diseases. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 6, 2022 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

In 2022, We Need to Shift Our COVID-19 Focus to Testing
If 2021 was the year of the vaccine, 2022 should be the year of testing. COVID-19 vaccines are essential for controlling the pandemic, but since getting a shot to everyone on the planet is time-consuming and stymied by unequal global distribution; because many who do have access to vaccines refuse to take them; and because the vaccines aren’t 100% able to prevent infections, the world is going to need more in order to stay ahead of SARS-CoV-2. That extra something should be widespread testing—not just the kind that labs administer to confirm a case of COVID-19, but also the at-home, rapid tests that people can ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Highway to (digital) surveillance: when are clients coerced to share their data with insurers? - Loi M, Hauser C, Christen M.
Clients may feel trapped into sharing their private digital data with insurance companies to get a desired insurance product or premium. However, private insurance must collect some data to offer products and premiums appropriate to the client's level of r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Brown & Brown Absence Services Group, LLC, announces the launch of...
Leading provider of value-driven solutions for disability insurance companies and self-insured entities extends its talent solutions with end-to-end service for sourcing claims professionals and...(PRWeb January 03, 2022)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/brown_brown_absence_services_group_llc_announces_the_launch_of_talent_builder/prweb18409776.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 3, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medicare Advantage Poised To Take Off In 2022
Look for more seniors to flock to Medicare Advantage in 2022 as the Biden administration, health insurers and investors bolster this privatized form of health coverage for those 65 and older. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 2, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech business pharma Source Type: news

News: EPs Stranded When Insurer Goes Bankrupt
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - January 1, 2022 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news