Insurance industry

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in New York. Azar said premiums for a popular type of health plan under the Affordable Care Act will edge downward next year. Speaking in Nashville on Thursday, Sept. 26, Azar said premiums for a popular type of “silver” plan will drop by 2 percent in the 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website. The number of marketplace insurers will grow for the first time since 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 27, 2018 - 10:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for a popular type of "silver" health plan under the Affordable Care Act will edge downward next year in most states, the Trump administration's health chief announced Thursday. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said premiums for a so-called "benchmark" silver...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, three containers for holding corpses, right, sit parked outside the Institute of Forensic Science, brought to give support in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the institute press spokesman confirmed their facilities no longer provided enough space to store bodies, and that several hospital morgues are also full. Along with post-storm conditions, each death has a complex mix of causes that can include serious pre-existing conditions and individual decisions by patients, caregivers and doctors, making it difficult to definitively apportion blame in every case. But critics say many could have been saved by better preparation and emergency response. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)
September 18, 2018 - 1:52 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government is suing insurance companies that officials say have not responded quickly enough to claims filed after Hurricane Maria hit nearly a year ago. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Tuesday that the lawsuits aim to prevent companies from dropping claims...
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FILE- In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo specialist Anthony Matesic, left, and trader Anthony Carannante work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
September 13, 2018 - 2:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks made solid gains Thursday as Apple and Qualcomm led a rally in technology companies. Drugmakers and health insurers also rose. Apple changed course and rose a day after it introduced three new iPhone models and updates to the Apple Watch. Chipmakers recovered after a...
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In this Aug. 22, 2018 photo, April Box uses a roller to work on her hip muscles at her home in Spokane, Wash. Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get a price cut. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program that still divides voters heading into this year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 07, 2018 - 11:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two years of double-digit premium hikes, millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest increases next year, according to an exclusive analysis that highlights the changing politics of health care heading into the midterm elections. The...
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In this Aug. 22, 2018 photo, April Box poses for a photo at her home in Spokane, Wash. Box is a healthcare advocate and runs the website www.hip-help.com to help guide people through major surgeries and other aspects of the healthcare system. Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get a price cut. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program that still divides voters heading into this year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 07, 2018 - 3:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That's the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo, Cazadero firefighter struggles to protect a home from catching fire in Coffey Park, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Utility workers won protections for their jobs, salaries, benefits and pensions as part of a measure allowing California power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires. The measure is scheduled for votes in the Senate and Assembly Friday night, Aug. 31, 2018, following months of contentious negotiations. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP, File)
August 31, 2018 - 11:44 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature voted Friday to allow power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires amid fears that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., would otherwise face financial ruin. The measure is part of a wide-...
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This Nov. 2, 2017, photo provided by Alex Apons shows his house and car that were leveled to ashes after the deadly October 2017 wildfires ravaged his Coffey Park neighborhood, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Apons said his insurance policy fell $200,000 short of what it cost the 34-year-old new father to rebuild his home. He and his wife wanted to stay because they had a baby on the way and both have deep family roots in the area. (Alex Apons via AP)
August 27, 2018 - 10:30 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Construction crews have already put up the frame on Cheri Sharp's new house, but she still questions whether rebuilding was the right choice after California's most destructive wildfire took her old home in wine country nearly a year ago. She's had to dip into retirement...
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FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo a wildfire burns near homes in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, Calif. California homeowners may find themselves facing insurance issues even if they were not directly hit by this year’s blazes. The California Department of Insurance warned in January that the increasing number and severity of wildfires in the state were making it more difficult for homeowners to find and hold on to insurance. And now they say that recent massive fires may make the problem more acute. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
August 13, 2018 - 7:04 am
California homeowners may find themselves facing insurance headaches even if their houses weren't affected by this year's blazes. The California Department of Insurance had already warned this year that the increasing number and severity of wildfires were making it harder for homeowners in the...
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In this Friday, July 6, 2018, photograph, prospective customers confer with sales associates as a Model 3 sits on display in a Tesla showroom in the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a paper titled “Reality Check,” issued the warning Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, after testing five of the systems from Tesla, Mercedes, BMW and Volvo on a track and public roads. The systems tested, in the Tesla Model 3 and Model S, BMW’s 5-Series, the Volvo S-90 and the Mercedes E-Class, are among the best in the business right now and have been rated “superior” in previous IIHS tests. David Zuby, the institute’s chief research officer, said the systems do increase safety but the tests show they are not 100 percent reliable. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
August 06, 2018 - 10:24 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may not see stopped vehicles and could even steer you into a crash if you're not paying attention, an insurance industry group warns. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a paper titled "Reality Check," issued the...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, a sign stands on the campus of the Aetna headquarters, in Hartford, Conn. Aetna Inc. (AET) on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, reported second-quarter earnings of $1.21 billion. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)
August 02, 2018 - 6:41 am
Aetna easily topped second-quarter earnings expectations as another drop in benefit expenses and lower taxes helped the nation's third-largest health insurer. Net income inched up less than 1 percent to $1.21 billion, while earnings adjusted for non-recurring gains totaled $3.43 per share, the...
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