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Possible Medical Malpractice Overhaul in Maine

On Feb. 9, 2016, a controversial new bill was introduced in the Maine legislature that could change how medical malpractice claims are handled in the state. The proposal would establish a state agency to adjudicate medical malpractice lawsuits, removing them from the judicial system entirely. The bill is opposed by

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Misdiagnosis & Medical Malpractice Claims

On Dec. 21, 2015, Barbara Dawson, 57, went to the Emergency Department of Liberty Calhoun Hospital in Blountstown, Florida, complaining of difficulty breathing and abdominal pain. Doctors at the hospital assessed and treated Mrs. Dawson and then told her to go home. When she refused, still complaining that she could

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Families Facing Increased Out of Pocket Health Care Costs in 2016

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act enters its seventh consecutive year, an increasing number of insurance providers are removing spending caps on out-of-network health care costs in their “preferred provider” health plans. Further, many people who are choosing these plans are unaware of the change—a knowledge gap that may

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Greater Numbers of U.S. Workers with Health Insurance Report Stable Health Care Costs

Fewer workers with private health insurance are reporting rising health care costs in 2015 than in previous years, according to a September report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Based on 1,500 responses to the EBRI/Greenwald & Associates 2015 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey, the report indicates that 50 percent

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