INSURANCE

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Joe Deburro / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would mean a big change for health care in the state.

A sign at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Diane Lederman / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

As Hampshire College continues to consider its future amid a tough financial outlook, it may have another issue to deal with: its insurance coverage.

Members of the Massachusetts delegation have vowed to protect the Affordable Care Act and broaden its protections in the face of a new Justice Department effort to eliminate the law.

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III responded angrily to President Trump’s claim that Republicans are now the party of healthcare after the Justice Department’s abrupt decision to urge a federal court to strike down the law, also known as Obamacare, in its entirety.

A couple of weeks before her planned surgery in July 2018, Mariel Addis scanned her company’s new short-term disability policy. Addis, a 53-year-old transgender woman, expected to be out of work for three to four weeks following male-to-female gender reassignment surgery. The Florence, Massachusetts, resident assumed her disability insurance would kick in after seven days of sick leave, as it would for other surgeries.

Then her eyes landed on a list of exclusions. Addis’ procedure was considered elective and would not be covered.

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance has agreed to investigate an allegation that faulty car appraisals by a widely used firm routinely cost drivers hundreds or even thousands of dollars in claims on totaled or stolen vehicles.

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