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Patients Suffer When Health Care Behemoths Quarrel Over Contracts

Kaiser Health News - Barbara Feder Ostrov

David Lerman, a Berkeley, Calif., lawyer, changed health plans this year only to learn that his new insurer has no contract with the dominant medical provider in his community.

Anthem Blue Cross of California, one of the state’s largest health insurers, is battling with Sutter Health over how much it should pay to care for tens of thousands of its enrollees in Northern California. Sutter operates 24 hospitals in the region and lists about 5,000 doctors in its network.

Iowa Medicaid Expands Care To Hepatitis C Patients, But Restrictions Remain

Iowa Public Radio - Kate Payne

Starting this month more hepatitis C patients can qualify for care under Iowa Medicaid. But some doctors and advocates argue the remaining restrictions are immoral and illegal. 

Iowa is considered one of the most restrictive states when it comes to treatment of the blood-borne hepatitis C Virus, or HCV, under state Medicaid programs. The state recieved a 'D' grade in a nationwide analysis conducted by the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.

A Closer Look at Women’s Health Insurance Coverage

Health insurance coverage is a critical factor in making health care affordable and accessible to women. Among the 97.4 million women ages 19 to 64 residing in the U.S., most had some form of coverage in 2017. However, gaps in private sector and publicly-funded programs left a little over one in ten women uninsured. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded access to coverage through a combination of Medicaid expansions, private insurance reforms, and premium tax credits. This factsheet reviews major sources of coverage for women residing in the U.S.