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Prosecutors: Reputed mob boss orchestrated insurance fraud

Prosecutors: Reputed mob boss orchestrated insurance fraudNEW YORK (AP) — A reputed Philadelphia mob boss who reinvented himself as a restaurateur relapsed into a life of crime by orchestrating a health care fraud that made a fortune for an East Coast crime syndicate, a prosecutor said Tuesday in opening arguments at his federal trial.



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Is 'Short-Term' Health Insurance a Good Deal?

Is 'Short-Term' Health Insurance a Good Deal?Consumers struggling to afford health coverage are increasingly being targeted with an attractive pitch from insurance companies and brokers: Low-cost alternatives to Affordable Care Act plans th…



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Lisa Murkowski Says She's OK With Killing The Health Insurance Mandate

Lisa Murkowski Says She's OK With Killing The Health Insurance MandateSen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) cast a decisive, dramatic vote to save health care for millions of people over the summer.



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Is There a Penalty If I Don't Have Health Insurance?

Is There a Penalty If I Don't Have Health Insurance?Q: Am I still required to buy health insurance? And will I be penalized if I don't?—S. Paradise, Norfolk, Va. A. Yes, and yes. Everyone is still required to have health insurance that meets the m…



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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Said She’s ‘Lucky’ to Have Insurance — Here’s What It’s Like to Have Breast Cancer Without It

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

When Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that she has breast cancer, she made sure to point out that she was “lucky” to have great insurance — and renewed the call for universal health care. Because every day there are 11 million women in the United States who live without any coverage, while at risk of developing breast cancer and other health problems.

For women who are diagnosed with breast cancer without health insurance, the statistics are particularly grim. Uninsured women are almost 2.6 times more likely to die of breast cancer than those with coverage, according to a study from the National Cancer Society. They’re also 3.72 times more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer, which lowers their survival rate.

This is largely because women without insurance aren’t going to regular doctors appointments, or getting mammograms that could catch the disease before it spreads. In a survey of women in California with varying degrees of insurance coverage, researchers found that 21.2 percent of uninsured women aged 40 and up had never had a mammogram.

For those who do get diagnosed with breast cancer, they face daunting medical fees. The American Cancer Society estimates that uninsured women would pay at least $ 140,000 for their treatment, but likely far more. That cost goes down to out-of-pocket costs of about $ 5-10,000 with good insurance.

When caught between survival and the thought of mounting payments, uninsured women with breast cancer “typically go deeply into debt,” Dr. Ninez Ponce, from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, tells PEOPLE. Others delay life-saving treatment until they can get insurance, or opt for the cheapest treatment possible.

Having insurance can literally save lives. The American Cancer Society’s study looked at 52,000 cases of breast cancer across the country, and for uninsured women with breast cancer, the survival rate sits around 80.4 percent. For women with insurance of any kind, that number jumps up to 92.7 percent.

To get ahead of breast cancer, many groups offer free or low-cost mammograms. Search for doctors in your area though the American Cancer Research Foundation, Susan G. Koman and the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. Additionally, Planned Parenthood provides free mammograms at their locations. During the month of October, many clinics offer free or discounted screenings — look for an FDA approved center here to see if there’s a location near you.

And if you can’t make it to a clinic, learn how to do a self-exam with this guide.


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Trump Signs Order To Undermine Obamacare Insurance Rules

Trump Signs Order To Undermine Obamacare Insurance RulesPresident Donald Trump on Thursday signed an order that could rattle the Affordable Care Act’s private insurance markets by allowing a proliferation of cheaper, less comprehensive plans that would undermine rules about who and what insurers must cover.



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Mar-A-Lago Has A Flood Insurance Policy Through The Federal Government

Mar-A-Lago Has A Flood Insurance Policy Through The Federal GovernmentWASHINGTON ― Federally insured property in Florida is in the crosshairs of potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma ― including President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.



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Report: Wells Fargo Forced Unwanted Insurance On More Than 800,000 Borrowers

Report: Wells Fargo Forced Unwanted Insurance On More Than 800,000 BorrowersThe New York Times obtained a consultant’s report that showed that more than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for auto insurance they did not need, and some of them are still paying for it.



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The Number of U.S. Adults Without Health Insurance Has Risen by Two Million This Year

The Number of U.S. Adults Without Health Insurance Has Risen by Two Million This YearA new survey finds that recent coverage gains are beginning to erode



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Jury: Newlywed had husband killed to get his insurance money

Jury: Newlywed had husband killed to get his insurance moneyCLEVELAND (AP) — A newlywed accused of soliciting her firefighter husband's killing to collect $ 100,000 in insurance money has been convicted of aggravated murder in a scheme that was flawed from the start: His ex-wife was still the beneficiary of his policy.



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