Cigna offers group hospital indemnity insurance policy; Delaware bans insurers from limiting coverage to transgender people

> Cigna is now offering a group hospital indemnity insurance policy called Cigna Hospital Care, which the insurer says will pay customers a lump sum to help them cover unexpected medical bills when they are admitted to a hospital for a covered injury or illness. Announcement

> A new bulletin from Delaware's Department of Insurance prohibits private health insurers from excluding or limiting health coverage for transgender people, The News Journal reports. Article

> California regulators have approved Centene's acquisition of Health Net following eight months of negotiations and public hearings, California Healthline reports. Article

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> Florida's addiction treatment industry is overrun with marketers who collect as much as $500 for each addict they refer to a treatment center or halfway house, and often coerce recovering addicts with cash for drugs to get them into detox programs. Article

> A vast web of bribes, kickbacks, counterfeit hardware and a legislative loophole allowed one California spine surgeon to cash in on spinal fusion surgeries for which the state paid millions of dollars, according to an article by Los Angeles Magazine. Article

And finally… Revenge by snake. Article

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