Monday, December 7, 2009

Insurance news, and lots of it. (Bonus: the strange case of the house-licking cows)

The New Yorker's Atul Gawande talks about a key part of health-insurance reform: Controlling health-care costs.

The L.A. Times has a good Q&A re: the legislation, including things like will you go to jail for not having health insurance. (A: Not likely.)

Insurance Journal reports that a Southern California accountant has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing more than $2m from a pet insurer.

Speaking of animals, a Tennessee man reported $100 in damage to his home from escaped cows licking his house. Really. talks about proposed health reforms from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Here in Washington, insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler is unhappy about a public standoff between health insurer Aetna and the University of Washington over rates paid to the university's several major health-care facilities. KING 5 has the story.