Anthem has hiked its quarterly cash payout to shareholders by nearly 43 percent to keep up with its rising stock price after edging past Wall Street forecasts for the recently completed fourth quarter.
Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.
The World Health Organization and other medical groups, pushing caution and vigilance, are far from declaring the epidemic over, but they note positive trends. Lenexa-based medical humanitarian group Heart to Heart International is under contract to operate an Ebola treatment unit in the Tappita area of Liberia until the end of April.
With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.
The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
Near the hillside shelter where dozens of men and women died of Ebola, a row of green U.S. military tents sit atop a vast expanse of imported gravel. The generators hum; chlorinated water churns in brand-new containers; surveillance cameras send a live feed to a large-screen television.
The Missouri Health Connection will channel funds to Swope Health Services, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and KC Care Clinic, which serve low-income and uninsured residents to enable the exchange of electronic medical records.
Federal officials expect fewer than 10 million people to enroll in coverage on the state and federal marketplaces this year. That’s far below the 13 million the Congressional Budget Office had projected.
In a counterclaim filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., Sunflower State Health Plan and its parent company, Centene Corp., alleges the plaintiff, a former executive, demanded $3 million from the company in return for not reporting it to the Kansas attorney general’s Medicaid fraud unit. Jacqueline Leary’s attorney calls the extortion allegation “the most ludicrous thing ever.”
The flu is filling hospital beds and packing emergency rooms throughout the area. “I’ve been here eight years and I’ve never it seen it at this level,” said Lee A. Norman, the University of Kansas Hospital’s chief medical officer. “Clinics and urgent care centers are glutted.” And hospitals are bracing for more patients.
About nine in 10 Missourians and eight in 10 Kansans who have signed up so far for the second year of coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace are getting financial assistance to pay for their premiums.
December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance in their health care flexible spending account. These accounts come with a big catch: Often you have to use the balance before the plan year ends or you lose it.
Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama’s health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.
A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggests that many Americans are being trapped by debt because they are puzzled by the notices they get from hospitals and insurance companies about the cost of treatment.
Officials with local health departments and area school districts have detected a sharp upturn in illnesses from flu viruses in the last week, particularly affecting younger children and older adults. Although federal officials say this year’s vaccine is not a good match for a mutated form of the virus that is circulating widely, doctors still recommend getting vaccinated.
Their numbers have been increasing steadily as advances in treatment have drastically improved the odds of surviving childhood cancer. A new program to care for such patients at the University of Kansas Cancer Center already has 28 patients. At Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Survive and Thrive program aids young patients a few years past their cancer treatments.
A House vote on Wednesday suggests Congress may be poised to pass a bill that would create tax-protected savings accounts for the disabled. Before Wednesday, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act had stalled short of a vote for eight years.
Researchers at the Kansas City children’s hospital on Wednesday published their findings, showing that mapping a child’s genetic information can quickly identify rare neurological disorders that otherwise might go years without a definitive diagnosis.
On Dec. 4, Zach Phillips and Tracy Cowell will fly to Liberia for a six-month stint with the Lenexa-based medical humanitarian group Heart to Heart International in the center of the deadliest Ebola epidemic in recorded history. They will wear protective suits that swelter in equatorial Africa. They will not be allowed to venture far from a 50-bed treatment unit. Death will surround them.