Privacy experts say choosing life insurance tied to fitness tracking could have unintended consequences
Insurance giant John Hancock has announced a switch to 'interactive' life-insurance policies only, which offer incentives for things like wearing a fitness tracking device. Privacy experts worry these optional programs won't be optional don't the road. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to Sell Only Interactive Life Insurance Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to Sell Only Interactive Life Insurance
John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

John Hancock Wants To Turn Life Insurance Into A Wellness Game
(CNN Money) — John Hancock will give its life insurance customers a discount for trying to stay healthy. They just need to hand over some personal data to receive it. The financial services company said Wednesday that it will attach a free version of its wellness program, Vitality, to all life insurance policies. Through the program, customers can log fitness and health information with the company in exchange for discounts at places like Amazon and REI. For an extra $2 per month, customers receive a free Fitbit or an Apple Watch for $25. If they hit certain targets, they don’t have to pay more for the devices ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Business Health John Hancock Life Insurance Local TV Source Type: news

Want life insurance? You'll need to wear a fitness tracker, says John Hancock
John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Want life insurance? You'll need to track your fitness, says John Hancock
John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Want life insurance? You may want to track your fitness, says John Hancock
John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that include optional fitness tracking through tools including wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

John Hancock is out to prove life insurance isn't a dying industry
The Boston life insurance firm believes it can appeal to customers — especially young people — by offering a unique life insurance product that gives policyholders money back if they do things like eat healthy or exercise more. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Greg Ryan Source Type: news

Claimant Is Entitled To Reinstatement Of LTD Benefits, Federal Judge Says
TULSA, Okla. - An Oklahoma federal judge on Aug. 17 determined that a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits must be reinstated because the denial of benefits is not supported by substantial evidence and was arbitrary and capricious (Shirley Kathy Redden v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 12-16, N.D. Okla., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139733). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Claimant Failed To Show Insurer Acted In Bad Faith In Terminating LTD Benefits
DENVER - A Colorado federal judge on Aug. 29 granted a disability insurer's motion for summary judgment on a disability plan participant's claims for common-law bad faith and statutory bad faith after determining that the participant failed to prove that the insurer acted unreasonably in handling a claim for long-term disability benefits (Brenda Sandoval v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-644, D. Col., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147184). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Insurer Properly Terminated Benefits, Federal Judge Determines
PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania federal judge on Aug. 23 determined that a disability insurer's termination of long-term disability (LTD) benefits was proper because the claimant failed to prove that she was disabled under the plan's any-occupation standard and because the claimant collected the maximum amount of available benefits available under the plan's mental health limitation (Kristy M. Keller-Smith v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 17-1549, E.D. Pa., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144425). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Claimant Was Not Disabled From Any Occupation, Federal Judge Determines
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A disability insurer's termination of long-term disability benefits was not arbitrary and capricious because substantial evidence supports the insurer's determination that the claimant was not disabled from performing the duties of any gainful occupation, a Pennsylvania federal judge said Aug. 13 (Giovanna Reichard v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., No. 17-2885, E.D. Pa., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136050). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Minnesota Federal Judge Says Claims Against LTD Insurer Are Not Duplicative
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota federal judge on Aug. 29 denied a disability insurer's motion for judgment on the pleadings after determining that a breach of fiduciary claim seeking attorney fees and health care costs as remedies for the breach is not duplicative of the breach of fiduciary claim seeking benefits under a long-term disability (LTD) plan (Michael J. Christoff v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-3512, D. Minn., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147188). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Plan Is Ambiguous As To Exhaustion Requirement, Federal Judge Says
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A Connecticut federal judge on Aug. 28 denied a disability insurer's motion to dismiss after determining that the disability plan does not include an express exhaustion provision and that it is possible for a plan participant to interpret the plan as not requiring exhaustion prior to filing suit (Annuziata Germana, et al. v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 16-1611, D. Conn., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146074). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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4th Circuit Says Disability Income Insurer Did Not Owe Any Benefit Increase
RICHMOND, Va. - The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 17 determined that a district court did not abuse its discretion in granting a disability insurer's motion for reconsideration because the claimant was not entitled to an increase of benefits because the claimed disability was not a new disability as required under the plan at issue (Jessica Slice-Sadler v. Principal Life Insurance Company, No. 17-2249, 4th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 22975). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Information Challenging Administrative Record In Disability Suit Is Discoverable
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal magistrate judge on Aug. 16 determined that a disability claimant is entitled to some discovery as some of the claimant's requests challenge the completeness of the administrative record and some of the requests seek discoverable information regarding the insurer's retention of third-party medical professionals (Jeanne Sirey v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 18-197, E.D. La., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138732). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Insurer's Denial Of Benefits Was Reasonable, Federal Judge Says
BALTIMORE - A disability insurer did not abuse its discretion in denying a plan participant's long-term disability benefits claim because the evidence shows that the denial was reasonable and was made after a fair review was conducted, a Maryland federal judge said Aug. 7 (Karin Reidy v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 16-2926, D. Md., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133287). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - August 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Insurer's Termination Of Disability Benefits Was Reasonable Based On Evidence
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A disability insurer did not act in bad faith in terminating an insured's benefits, a federal judge in California said July 23 after determining that based on the insured's misrepresentations about her ability to work, the insurer had a reasonable basis to terminate the benefits (Devra Bommarito v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-1187, E.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122853). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Federal Judge Grants Parties' Joint Motion To Dismiss Disability Benefits Suit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Aug. 6 dismissed a disability claimant's suit with prejudice following the parties' filing of a joint stipulation for dismissal (Brenda Culbertson-Chavira v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 17-1702, E.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132014). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Federal Judge Dismisses Disability Complaint, Says It Is A Shotgun Pleading
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Aug. 8 dismissed a disability claimant's complaint with leave to amend after determining that the complaint is a shotgun pleading in violation of Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure because the complaint includes numerous irrelevant and unnecessary details (Marcus Allen, M.D. v. First Unum Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-69, M.D. Fla., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133160). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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5th Circuit Finds Termination Of Disability Benefits Was Reasonable
NEW ORLEANS - The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 3 determined that a district court did not err in concluding that substantial evidence supports a disability insurer's termination of benefits based on the plan's 24-month limitation for mental disorders (Ricky D. Hayes v. Dearborn National Life Insurance Co., No. 17-30670, 5th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 21608). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Panel Vacates, Remands Disability Award For Recalculation Of Benefits
ATLANTA - A district court did not err in determining that a disability claimant abandoned his bad faith claims against a disability insurer, but the court did err in interpreting the disability insurer's continuity of coverage policy provision, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals said July 10 in vacating and remanding an award of benefits for recalculation (Wayne Torpy v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-14722, 11th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 18669). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Federal Magistrate Judge Says Compensation Paid To Reviewing Doctor Is Relevant
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal magistrate judge on July 11 partially denied a disability insurer's motion to quash a subpoena seeking compensation records from a physician hired by the insurer to review a disability claimant's file after determining that the discovery sought is relevant and permitted under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Anne Wittmann v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-9501, E.D. La., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115848). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant Not Entitled To Attorney Fees, Michigan Federal Judge Says
CINCINNATI - A disability claimant is not entitled to an award for attorney fees and costs because the plan administrator's conduct in failing to schedule an in-person medical exam does not suggest a high level of culpability, a Michigan federal judge said July 17 (Kimberly J. Guest-Marcotte v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 15-10738, E.D. Mich., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 8105). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - August 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Critical dental care out of reach for Washington ’s most vulnerable
For many residents in Washington, dental care is a luxury that those with insurance take for granted. This is particularly the case for Washingtonians who are senior citizens, medically fragile or individuals living with a disability. This is largely because under the Affordable Care Act, dental care is deemed an essential benefit for children, but not for adults.  Furthermore, basic Medicare coverage does not include dental care leaving many adults over the age of 65 without any form of dental… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Guardian Life Insurance Source Type: news

GPs double the amount of alcohol units patients claim to consume
A survey by London-based Direct Line Life Insurance found that out of the 191 GPs surveyed the doctors believe just 40 per cent of patients are honest about their alcohol consumption, others fear being judged. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'How much do you drink?' GPs double the amount of alcohol units patients claim to consume
A survey by London-based Direct Line Life Insurance found that out of the 191 GPs surveyed the doctors believe just 40 per cent of patients are honest about their alcohol consumption, others fear being judged. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic Tests Can Hurt Your Chances Of Getting Some Types Of Insurance
Federal law keeps insurers from using genetic test results when pricing and issuing health insurance. But the tests might keep you from being able to get life insurance or a long-term-care policy.(Image credit: Science Photo Library RF/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michelle Andrews Source Type: news

How does the Triangle rank on life insurance policyholders?
Roughly half of all  Triangle residents in Wake and Orange counties have life insurance, according to a new SmartAsset study. Fifty-three percent of Wake County residents have the insurance, while only 43 percent of residents hold life insurance policies in Orange County.   The number of people with auto and h ealth insurance has increased for residents of Wake and Orange counties since 2015, however, those with life insurance has declined.   NC Insured Population Averages  Auto –… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 24, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Harrison Miller Source Type: news

Stop smoking: E-cigarettes are no better than regular cigarettes, say insurance companies
Stopping smoking cigarettes can dramatically improve health. However, e-cigarettes, a product to help consumers dump the habit, are just as bad as the real thing, according to insurance companies. People with life insurance can expect to pay more if they use e-cigarettes. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Denial Of Disability Benefits Was Abuse Of Discretion, Federal Judge Says
JACKSON, Miss. - Noting that a disability insurer engaged in a "decades-long pattern of arbitrary claim denials and other misdeeds," a Mississippi federal judge on June 29 determined that the insurer's denial of benefits to a claimant was an abuse of discretion because the denial was unsupported by the evidence (Juanita Nichols v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 17-42, S.D. Miss., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109526). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Insurer's Denial Of LTD Benefits Was Not Arbitrary Or Capricious, Panel Says
DENVER - A disability insurer did not act arbitrarily or capriciously in denying a plan participant's claim for long-term (LTD) disability benefits because the insurer's denial was supported by substantial evidence, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said June 21 (John Dardick v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, et al., No. 17-1412, 10th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 16753). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

California Federal Judge Overturns Insurer's Denial Of LTD Benefits
SAN FRANCISCO - A disability claimant is entitled to long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the evidence from the claimant's treating physicians and evidence obtained from the disability insurer's medical reviewers support a finding that the claimant is disabled under the plan's any-occupation standard, a California federal judge said June 18 (Sarabjit Sangha v. Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York, No. 17-5158, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101725). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

7th Circuit Panel Says Claimant Is Not Entitled To Total Disability Benefits
CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 21 affirmed a district court's ruling that a disability claimant suffering from invasive basal cell carcinoma in the right ear is not entitled to total disability benefits from his insurer because he is still able to perform all but one of the functions of his occupation as a company president (Henry Fiorentini v. Paul Revere Life Insurance Co., No. 17-3137, 7th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 16741). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Man Tells 10th Circuit Denial Of Benefits Was 'Arbitrary And Capricious'
DENVER - A panel of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 15 heard oral arguments in a case in which a man contends that the insurer that denied his claim for long-term disability (LTD) had a conflict of interest and its decision to deny his benefits on the basis of the pre-existing condition limitation was "arbitrary and capricious" (Michael Green v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 17-1383, 10th Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Professional Hockey Player's Claims Preempted Under ERISA, Federal Judge Says
DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on June 20 granted a disability insurer's motion to dismiss after determining that a former professional hockey player's claims are preempted under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Aaron Rome v. HCC Life Insurance Co., No. 16-2480, N.D. Texas, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102962). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Judge: Insured Cannot Recover Attorney Fees In Insurance Bad Faith Dispute
NEW YORK - A New York state court judge on June 18 ruled that it is too early to determine whether an insured is entitled to an award of attorney fees in an insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit because the trial court has yet to decide whether an insurer's actions rose to the level of bad faith (Eric Schneck v. First Unum Life Insurance Co., No. 155800/2012, N.Y. Sup., New York Co., 2018 N.T. Misc. LEXIS 2456). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Louisiana Federal Judge Orders Disability Insurer To Supplement Responses
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal judge on June 13 ordered a disability insurer to supplement its answers to a disability claimant's interrogatories to include communications with all attorneys consulted regarding the participant's claim for benefits (Anne Wittmann v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-9501, E.D. La., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99042). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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New & Resurgent Infectious Diseases Can Have Far-reaching Economic Repercussions
DAVID E. BLOOM is the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, DANIEL CADARETTE is a research assistant, and JP SEVILLA is a research associate, all at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.By David E. Bloom, Daniel Cadarette and JP SevillaWASHINGTON DC, Jul 3 2018 (IPS)Infectious diseases and associated mortality have abated, but they remain a significant threat throughout the world.We continue to fight both old pathogens, such as the plague, that have troubled humanity for millennia and new pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that have mutated or spilled over ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David E. Bloom and JP Sevilla Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Life insurance companies no longer treating marijuana use as a high risk like tobacco
Some of Canada's biggest insurance companies have updated their policies on marijuana use. The changes have a major impact on regular users' premiums. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Life insurance companies no longer treating marijuana use as high risk as tobacco
Some of Canada's biggest insurance companies have updated their policies on marijuana use. The changes have a major impact on regular users' premiums. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Disability Insurer's Denial Of Claims Was Reasonable, Federal Judge Determines
CHICAGO - A disability insurer's denial of short-term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) benefits was reasonable as the insurer undertook a thorough review of the claims for benefits, an Illinois federal judge said May 15 in granting the insurer's motion for summary judgment (Shirley Lacko v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., No. 17-2100, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81117). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Woman Asks 4th Circuit To Reverse Disability Insurance Benefit Ruling
RICHMOND, Va. - A North Carolina woman is asking the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court's ruling regarding her disability insurance coverage claim because benefit increases that she purchased on her policy were wrongly retracted when the insurer initially denied her claim and then later elected to pay benefits to a retroactive date (Jessica Slice-Sadler v. Principal Life Insurance Company, No. 17-2249, 4th Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant Alleges Denials Were Based On Profit-Making Motive
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A disability insurer breached its contract and acted in bad faith when it terminated a claimant's short-term disability (STD) benefits and denied a claim for long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the decisions were based on a profit-making motive rather than the evidence of the claimant's disability, the claimant alleges in a May 14 complaint filed in Tennessee federal court (Janet Mitchell v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, et al., No. 18-94, E.D. Tenn.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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District Court Correctly Dismissed Disability Claimant's Suit, Panel Says
SAN FRANCISCO - A district court did not abuse its discretion in dismissing a disability claimant's amended complaint because the prelitigation costs and attorney fees sought by the claimant are not available as equitable relief under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said May 31 (Larry A. Benson v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 17-55253, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 14367). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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ERISA Prohibited Transaction Claims Alleged Against Disability Insurer Dismissed
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on June 6 dismissed claims alleging that a short-term disability (STD) insurance provider violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by engaging in prohibited transactions after determining that the plan's trustees failed to prove that the insurer engaged in any transactions that are prohibited under ERISA (Joseph Sellers Jr., et al., v. Anthem Life Insurance Co., No. 16-2428, D. D.C., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95278). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant Permitted To Conduct Limited Discovery, Federal Judge Says
DETROIT - A Michigan federal judge on June 1 upheld a magistrate judge's order permitting a disability claimant to conduct limited discovery on the number of times a disability insurer employed a specific doctor to complete medical reviews of long-term disability claims because the claimant made "a sufficient predicate showing" to warrant the limited discovery (Precious Robert Johnson v. Harleysville Life Insurance Co., No. 17-10321, E.D. Mich., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92833). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Former Practice Fusion CEO ’s second act is going to market, backed by major life insurers
iBeat, the wearable device startup founded by former Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard, has signed up two major life insurance companies as investors and partners as it heads to its retail launch next month. The San Francisco-based company sells a smartwatch that monitors biomarkers like a user’s heart rate, pulse strength, temperature, blood flow and oxygen levels to look for signals indicating a life-threatening cardiac episode and automatically alert emergency authorities. If the device detects … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Kevin Truong Source Type: news

Practice Fusion Founder Wants To Disrupt The Multi-Billion Dollar Market For Medical Alerts
Life insurance companies Transamerica and SCOR invest in heart monitor iBeat to engage with customers and prevent death from cardiac arrest. They plan to offer the smartwatch to policyholders. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Zina Moukheiber, Contributor Source Type: news

Hintsa Performance raises $7.6M for employee wellbeing platform
Hintsa Performance, a Finnish employee wellness tech company that formed last year when H2 Wellbeing (makers of the HeiaHeia app) merged with Hintsa Performance in 2016, has raised $7.6 million ( €6.8 million) in new funding. Life insurance company OP Insurance led the round along with Pontos Group. Previous investor Ilmarinen also participated in the round. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Disability Benefits Must Be Reinstated; Evidence Supports Claimant's Inability To Work
CINCINNATI - A disability claimant's benefits must be reinstated because the disability insurer failed to give sufficient weight to the opinions of the claimant's treating physicians, who stated that the claimant was unable to return to work after a leg injury, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said May 3 in reversing a district court's judgment in favor of the insurer (Richard Wagner v. American United Life Insurance, No. 17-4072, 6th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 11477). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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