Tag: health care

Five Sentenced For Health Care Fraud Scheme

MCALLEN (KFXV) — In federal court, five others were charged for a health care fraud scheme they orchestrated. According to court documents, 41-year-old, Maria Teresa Paz Garza received a 144-month sentence for committing health care fraud, and aggravated identity theft when she as the owner of Hacienda DME, submitted false claims to the Texas Medicaid System. She, and her co-conspirators defrauded the government out of more than $1 million. They’ve all been ordered to pay back restitution, as...

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3rd Annual National Latino HIV Conference Seeks to Raise Awareness

South Padre Island (KFXV) — The Valley Aids Council hosts its third annual National Latino HIV Conference in an effort to raise awareness on the growing epidemic. Doctors, social workers and educators from the U.S. and Mexico among the nearly 500 participants. The lack of this type of events for health care and service providers working with latinos living with HIV kickstarted the Valley Aids Council plan to host the first of its kind. HIV continues to be a serious health threat for the hispanic community..enough reason for experts to develop new strategies in addressing the disease. In the...

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Obamacare exchanges grow thinner with Aetna leaving for 2018

BY TOM MURPHY While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the immediate future of the law has grown hazier with the nation’s third-largest health insurer saying that it will completely divorce itself from state-based insurance exchanges. Aetna said late Wednesday that it won’t sell individual coverage in Nebraska and Delaware next year after projecting a $200 million loss this year. The insurer had already pulled out of several states after losing about $450 million in 2016. The exchanges are a pillar of the federal law because they allow millions of people to buy coverage with help from...

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Nevada coalition seeks unprecedented insulin refund law

BY ALISON NOON CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Aiming to rein in soaring prescription drug prices, an unlikely Nevada coalition is trying to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they set insulin prices – and issue refunds to diabetics or their insurance companies if annual price hikes surpass inflation. Las Vegas casino owners have banded together with their employees’ unions of cooks, servers and other resort workers to support the unprecedented legislation in their effort to control their own medical insurance costs. The bill expected to face its first vote in early May would attempt to cap how much...

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Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

BY TOM MURPHY As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway – and now it’s dead. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday. That means millions of Americans will have to navigate a current federal health care system that, while not “imploding” as...

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