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Transgender man's suit is latest clash over hospital chain's Catholic ethics

Courtesy of the ACLU
| The Dignity Health hospital chain, "rooted in the Catholic tradition," won't cover a transgender Arizona employee's transition-related care.

Transgender man sues Dignity for not covering transition care

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The RN works for a Dignity hospital in Arizona. He claims the company's refusal to cover treatments for gender dysphoria violates his civil rights under federal law.

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SoCal hospitals face higher average readmission penalties

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More than 100 area hospitals will receive fewer Medicare dollars for readmitting too many patients. The average penalty is higher than last year.

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Covered California health plan rates to jump 13.2 percent

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The increase, announced by the Covered California exchange Tuesday, ends the state’s two-year respite from double-digit rate hikes.

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Lawmakers renew push to block surprise medical bills

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A new bill would protect people from paying surprise medical bills for out-of-network charges. It's an updated version of a proposal that stalled last year.

Covered California takes novel step to reduce C-sections

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Starting in 2019, exchange insurers must drop hospitals that perform too many unnecessary C-sections or explain why they want to continue contracting with them.

BMI: It's unreliable, and it could raise your insurance premium

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A study says body mass index often misidentifies health status. And in some workplace wellness programs, a poor BMI score can mean a higher insurance premium.

More young adults among new health insurance enrollees

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The percentage of new enrollees aged 18-34 grew from 29 percent two years ago to 37 percent this time around. Young, healthy adults help keep premiums down.