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Affordable Health Insurance

Many families and individuals across the nation are in search of finding affordable health insurance. However, as the cost of the medical insurance keeps rising medical coverage is less affordable year by year. This section covers news and research about where the health insurance is affordable and what the government or private companies are doing with health care reform.

Students Would Retain Health Insurance During Medical Leave

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced legislation (HR 2851 and S 400) that would allow college students to take as long as one year of medical leave for severe illnesses and continue to receive health insurance through the policies of their parents, USA Today reports. Under federal law, college students ages 19 to 24 can continue to receive health insurance through the policies of their parents, provided that they attend school full time.

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US Attorney To Investigate Two Health Plans For Excessive Costs

Robert Maruca, director of the Washington, D.C., Medicaid program, has asked the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia to investigate more than $15 million in excessive costs charged to the program by two health plans, Amerigroup Maryland and D.C. Chartered Health Plan, the Washington Times reports. Maruca made the request after a recent audit by the city Office of the Inspector General found that the Medicaid program had overpaid three health plans by tens of millions of dollars (McElhatton, Washington Times, 8/3).

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