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CGHS cover applies even to hospitals not on government list: Supreme Court

CGHS cover applies even to hospitals not on government list: Supreme Court

Finance
NEW DELHI: In a relief to over 44 lakh current and retired government employees and their families covered under the Central Government Health Scheme, the Supreme Court said on Friday that reimbursement cannot be denied to them even if they received treatment in a hospital not empanelled under the plan. The SC bench said “no fetters” could be placed on the rights of a government employee during his lifetime to get the best medical treatment and it was wrong to reimburse bills on the basis of rates fixed under CGHS in case the employee got treatment from a hospital which is not empanelled. “The right to medical claim cannot be denied merely because the name of the hospital is not included in the government order,” the bench said. “The real test must be the factum of treatment. Before any me
Rose McGowan shares book cover, release date for upcoming memoir 'Brave'

Rose McGowan shares book cover, release date for upcoming memoir 'Brave'

Entertainment
Nov. 6 (UPI) --Rose McGowan shared on Twitter Monday the book cover and release date for her upcoming memoir titled Brave.The cover features the back of McGowan's head as she shaves off her hair using clippers. The memoir is set for release on Jan. 30 from publisher HarperOne.Described as both a memoir and a manifesto, Brave will chronicle McGowan's path to becoming an activist "who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be brave.""Hello fellow human, pleased to meet you. My name is Rose McGowan and I am BRAVE. I want you to be too," the actress said of the book in a statement. "My life, as you will read, has ta...
HC directive to IRDA on enhancing accident cover for victims

HC directive to IRDA on enhancing accident cover for victims

Finance
The Madras High Court has directed the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) to enhance compulsory personal accident cover from Rs 1 lakh to not less than Rs 15 lakh, enabling vehicle owners paying premium to get adequate compensation in the event of death or bodily injury.A division bench comprising justices R Subbiah and A D Jagadish Chandira gave the order while allowing an appeal by United India Insurance Co. Ltd, Neyveli.Referring to an IRDA note in the policy, the judges said that the policy to compensate vehicle owners by virtue of the personal accident cover was introduced 15 years ago. In 2002, Rs one lakh envisaged under it might have been enough to meet medical expenses of the injured owner to a certain extent.However, 15 years had lapsed and medical treatment costs ...
Oregon approves measure requiring insurers to cover abortion

Oregon approves measure requiring insurers to cover abortion

Health
Insurance companies in Oregon would be required to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity under a measure approved Wednesday by lawmakers. Oregon already has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the U.S., leaving out otherwise common requirements for waiting periods or spending limits on taxpayer funds. The measure, which does offer some religious-based exemptions, comes as the federal government and other states are seeking restrictions on abortion services. President Donald Trump earlier this year signed legislation allowing states to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. In May, the Texas Legislature approved a sweeping package of ne...
BA to get strike cover from Qatar Airways

BA to get strike cover from Qatar Airways

Business
The government says it will allow the lease by British Airways of some Qatar Airways planes and crew to help cover a 16-day strike by some UK staff.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says BA can lease nine Qatar A320 and 321 planes and crew after advice from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).BA will use the staffed planes to minimise flight cancellations and passenger disruption from Saturday.The 16-day strike was prompted by what Unite union calls BA's "poverty pay".The long-running industrial action concerns around 2,000 of the airline's mixed-fleet staff who, if they joined since 2010, fly short and long-haul routes mainly from Heathrow airport and earn less than cabin crew on earlier agreements.The airline has already cancelled a small number of flights from Heathrow and merged others...