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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System on Tuesday approved an increase in health care costs for state and local government employees as the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic batters tax collections.

Depending on the plan, the increased health maintenance organization premiums for state workers from the previous year will range from 1.62% to 9.37%, or an average of 4.44%. For participating public agencies and schools, the HMO increase ranges from 0.82% to 11.96% depending on the region and plan.

The preferred provider organizat...

The knock came just four days after Steven Krueger got out of the hospital. He was recovering from back surgery in his home in Idaho Falls when sheriff's deputies arrived with a warrant to bring him to the courthouse.


Steve was in a back brace and wasn't supposed to travel, except to the doctor.

"I just kind of stood there stunned," says Mari Krueger, Steve's wife. "I was just horrified ... I was almost hysterical."

Mari wasn't stunned by Steve's arrest simply because of his condition. She was also shocked because he wasn't accused of committing a crime. What he...

Have you ever stepped up to the pharmacy cash register only to learn your new prescription will cost you hundreds of dollars — instead of your typical $25 copay — because your insurance doesn’t cover it? Or received a painfully high bill for a medical test because your health plan didn’t think it was necessary?

Most people have, but only a tiny fraction ever appeal such decisions. In 2017, for example, enrollees in federally run Affordable Care Act marketplace plans appealed fewer than one-half of 1% of denied medical claims, according to an analysis by the Kaiser F...

KAILUA-KONA — Kaiser Permanente on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against The Queen’s Health Systems after Queen’s told the health plan it will be billing Kaiser members for the balance of any emergency services it provides that aren’t reimbursed.

The lawsuit comes after a hospital services agreement between The Queen’s Medical Center and Kaiser expired on May 30, making The Queen’s Health Systems hospitals, including North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea, no longer participating providers within Kaiser’s network.

A Kaiser spokesperson said earlier this week that Kais...

A Los Angeles jury rejected a lawsuit filed by a former executive for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. who alleged he was exposed to intolerable workplace conditions and forced to quit because he uncovered corruption within the company regarding its dealings with Medicare.

The Superior Court jury deliberated for less than half a day Wednesday before finding in favor of Kaiser and against plaintiff Cesar Villalpando.

In a statement issued Thursday, John Nelson, vice president of communications for Kaiser Permanente said: "Nearly all of Mr. Villalpando’s claims were...

A court hearing in Los Angeles today against two of California’s biggest health insurance providers could bring billions of dollars to the state coffer.

Kaiser and Blue Shield are being sued by Consumer Watchdog and others for allegedly dodging a state tax on health insurance premiums. The suit wants the two companies to start paying the tax, plus about $10 billion in state back taxes.

Kaiser and Blue Shield say that they should not be taxed because they are not technically insurers. And if they end up being on the hook for a huge tax bill, they might have to raise p...

A court hearing in Los Angeles today against two of California’s biggest health insurance providers could bring billions of dollars to the state coffer.

Kaiser and Blue Shield are being sued by Consumer Watchdog and others for allegedly dodging a state tax on health insurance premiums. The suit wants the two companies to start paying the tax, plus about $10 billion in state back taxes.

Kaiser and Blue Shield say that they should not be taxed because they are not technically insurers. And if they end up being on the hook for a huge tax bill, they might have to ra...

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