Authorization Legislation Affects Patients’ Access to Vital Medical Treatments

Tucson, Arizona – Amina Tollin, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, faced years of debilitating pain that stemmed from polyneuropathy, a chronic nerve condition. The condition had rendered Tollin reliant on a wheelchair until she began undergoing a blood infusion therapy, prescribed by her doctor, which enabled her to lead a normal life. However, Tollin’s life took a turn for the worse about three months ago when Medicaid abruptly ceased coverage for her therapy, citing the …

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The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Patients in the U.S.: High Costs and Rising Stress Suffered by 44-Year-Old Mother of Three

Atlanta, Georgia – April Donaldson, a 44-year-old mother of three and cancer patient, is among the millions of Americans facing the overwhelming financial burden of battling the disease. In the U.S., patients not only cope with the physical hardships of treatments and complications, but also grapple with the considerable costs of care that their insurance may not fully cover. According to a 2022 article in JAMA Oncology, the term “financial toxicity” is used to describe …

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Concierge Physician Practices in Nonprofit Hospitals Target Affluent Patients with Membership Fees

Chicago, Illinois – Nonprofit hospitals serving low-income communities are embracing the trend of offering concierge physician services, in which patients pay annual membership fees of $2,000 or more for enhanced access to their healthcare providers. This shift towards concierge medicine has been growing over the years, with thousands of doctors adopting this model to boost their earnings while reducing their patient caseload. Large hospital systems like Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, University …

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Medicare Patients Beware: New Cards and Numbers Issued to Prevent Fraud

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Medicare beneficiaries in Lancaster have been receiving unexpected new cards in the mail, sparking concerns about potential scams. Viewers have been reaching out to the 8 On Your Side team with questions regarding these unsolicited replacements and whether they are legitimate. One viewer shared their experience of receiving a notification from Medicare stating that a new Medicare number and card were being issued due to an issue with their current number. After …

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Contract Dispute Between ProMedica and Cigna Leaves Ohio Patients in Limbo

Toledo, Ohio – The contractual agreement between ProMedica, a healthcare provider in northwest Ohio, and Cigna Insurance officially came to a close on April 1, 2024. Patients with Cigna commercial insurance in Ohio may now have to bear 100% of the charges for services from out-of-network ProMedica facilities, as per the health system’s financial assistance and charitable care policy. Despite the termination of the contract, both companies are still in negotiations, leaving patients like Joel …

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Insurance Dispute Between ProMedica and Cigna Leaves Ohio Patients Uncertain

Toledo, Ohio – The contract between ProMedica, a healthcare provider in northwest Ohio, and Cigna Insurance came to an official end on Monday, April 1, 2024. This termination has left many Ohio patients with Cigna commercial insurance concerned about potentially having to cover 100% of billed charges for services provided by ProMedica out-of-network facilities and PPG providers. Despite the contract coming to an end, both companies are still in discussions to find a resolution, which …

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Burden: Elderly Patients Struggle to Navigate Complex Health Care System and Services

Sudbury, Massachusetts – A routine trip to collect the mail turned into a painful experience for Susanne Gilliam, 67, when she slipped on black ice in January. The resulting injury to her left knee and ankle set off a chain of events that highlighted the challenges faced by many individuals navigating the complexities of America’s healthcare system. Seeking treatment for her ankle, Gilliam encountered hurdles and delays as she tried to coordinate care at a …

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Physicians struggle to accept new Medicare patients in Wichita due to low reimbursement rates

Wichita, Kansas residents who rely on Medicare are facing challenges in finding new primary care physicians due to some doctors choosing not to accept these patients. This issue stems from the low Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians, making it financially difficult for them to take on new Medicare patients. The Executive Director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, Phillip Brownlee, noted that the organization receives numerous calls from individuals, especially Medicare patients, seeking assistance …

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Wegovy Medicare Coverage Expands for Patients at Risk of Heart Disease – NPR Coverage

Des Moines, Iowa – Medicare beneficiaries who are at risk of heart disease can now access coverage for Wegovy, a new prescription weight loss medication. This development comes as a response to the growing obesity epidemic in the United States, which poses significant health risks, including heart disease, among other chronic conditions. Wegovy, also known as semaglutide, has shown promising results in clinical trials for helping patients with obesity lose weight effectively. By making this …

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Health-Care Cyberattack Leaves Patients Struggling to Access Prescription Medications

Atlanta, Georgia – A recent cyberattack on a health-care company has caused significant disruptions for patients seeking to refill their drug prescriptions. The attack has led to various challenges for consumers, including the need to pay out-of-pocket for expensive medications, difficulties in using pharmaceutical discount coupons, or even the inability to access their refills altogether. The chaos stems from a ransomware attack on a lesser-known company known as Change Healthcare. This company reportedly processes a …

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