Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Insurance news: WA medicaid woes, MO to vote on mandate, anger in FL, emergency in OK, autism bill in NC and Allstate's hiring in AZ

CNN: Health insurance for the under-26 crowd

Seattle Times: Hospitals care for hundreds of Medicaid patients others won’t take: “…hundreds of Medicaid patients in Washington state each year who — despite no longer needing hospitalization — have occupied hospital rooms for a month or longer while trying to find a nursing home or other facility to take them in.” A Seattle Times investigation has found at least 2,025 such cases from 2000 to 2008. Overall price tag: $461 million.

AP: Missouri to vote in August on health insurance mandate: Missouri is poised to become the first state to put a new federal health insurance mandate to a vote of its residents.

Regulator getting heat for Florida’s property insurance problems: Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is taking a beating over the health of the state's property insurance market, rising premiums in South Florida and other issues.

In wake of tornadoes, Okla. Insurance regulator declares emergency

Autism insurance bill moves forward in NC

Allstate to hire agents for 50 new offices in AZ