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VIAW Newswire 06.24.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

State Legislators Seek $3M To Help Relieve Veteran Claims Backlog
The joint Assembly-Senate Budget Conference Committee has agreed on a plan to spend $3 million to help clear a backlog of veteran benefits claims in California, U-T San Diego reports.

Several Data Breaches Occurred at Calif. Health Companies This Year
Since the beginning of the year, several data breaches have occurred at health care companies in California, according to records maintained by the state attorney general, the Wall Street Journal’s “CIO Journal” reports.

Report: Many Hospitals’ Mortality Rates Surpass the State Average
Nearly one-third of hospitals in California had higher inpatient mortality rates for various procedures and health conditions than the statewide average, according to a report from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, the Riverside Press-Enterprise Reports

UnitedHealthcare sued over HIV mail-order prescription service
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The nation’s largest health insurance carrier is being sued over its handling of prescriptions for HIV/AIDS patients.
Consumer Watchdog is suing UnitedHealthcare, claiming the insurance company is forcing HIV patients to abandon their pharmacies in favor of United’s own mail-order prescription service. The group and local pharmacists say it’s putting patients’ health at risk.

Workers’ comp and survivor annuity
My father is on workers’ compensation. When he passes away ….

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