More Problems In The Long-Term Care Insurance Market
The problems of two Pennsylvania insurers highlight the difficulties that continue in this part of the insurance industry. Meanwhile, because patients' out-of-pocket exposure is rising, doctors and hospitals are increasingly taking steps to require advance payments.
The Wall Street Journal:
Small Insurers’ Big Collapse Reflects Deep Industry Woes
A pair of small Pennsylvania insurers focused on long-term care could soon become one of the nation’s costliest insurance failures ever, highlighting the widespread problems that have plagued the industry niche for more than a decade. Two insurance units of Penn Treaty American Corp., which have combined assets of about $600 million and projected long-term-care claims liabilities topping $4 billion, are on track to be liquidated early next year, according to filings in a state court in Harrisburg. (Scism, 12/4)
Kaiser Health News:
Doctors And Hospitals Say ‘Show Me The Money’ Before Treating Patients
Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage. Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an administrative assistant in Tulsa, Okla. But the plan has a deductible of $5,000 apiece, and Boxley’s doctor said he won’t do the surgery until she prepays her share of the cost. His office estimates that will be as much as $2,500. Boxley is worried that the hospital may demand its cut as well before the surgery can be performed. (Andrews, 12/6)