Some insurance companies charging copays that exceed the customers’ costs

Some major insurance providers label prescription costs as “copays”, but WVUE-TV found in some cases the patient is the only one paying. Through documents and interviews with Pharmacists, WVUE-TV showed how some insurance providers are charging people more than medication costs.   The series revealed the nation’s largest insurance provider, United Healthcare (through its Pharmacy…

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Disease victims often shut out of workers’ comp system

Receiving compensation for obvious on-the-job injuries like amputations is difficult enough in the United States.Those suffering from gradual disease brought on by chemicals and other environmental problems almost never see any money. The Center for Public Integrity found that several states require that claims be made within a few years of the last known exposure,…

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Insurance fraud prosecutors draw paycheck from Texas Mutual

Every month, the Travis County district attorney’s office prosecutes fraud cases against people who’ve filed workers’ compensation claims with the Texas Mutual Insurance Company. And every month, Texas Mutual cuts the DA’s office a check for its trouble — totaling $4.7 million since 2001, according to a three-part joint investigation by the Texas Tribune and…

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After an officer’s death, families wait — and wait — for government benefits

After a police officer or firefighter dies in the line of duty, their family mourns them, their communities memorialize them — and federal death benefits are supposed to reach their family within 90 days.  For hundreds of families, that 90-day wait can stretch into months and sometimes years, according to a nationwide investigation by the…

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Tracking federal, state aid money after the deadly Oklahoma tornadoes

An investigation by Oklahoma Watch and KGOU found that almost three-fourths of the people who applied for FEMA aid following the killer twisters in Oklahoma last year were rejected. While tens of millions of dollars in state and federal aid were released following the storm, the process of receiving and using those funds hasn’t always…

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