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Glitches in Japan’s unpopular MyNumber digital ID cards draw a flood of complaints

TOKYO (AP) — The minister charged with an overhaul of Japan’s digitized system to assign a number to everyone living in the country has apologized, as doctors protested glitches with health insurance and local governments begged Thursday for clarity on how to handle the problems. The MyNumber, or “MaiNa” for short, the system has clearly

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Ottawa resumes long-running battle over prescription drug prices

Industries affected by Ottawa’s long-delayed drug price reform are hoping the turmoil will end soon as a parliamentary committee continues its investigation this week into the chaos behind the scenes. The Liberal government announced changes to federal rules on drug pricing in 2017 to try to push prices lower. But no new rules have come

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Soon. Do You Have to Join if You’re 65?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program designed for senior Americans 65 years old or older. The enrollment period for the program started at the beginning of 2023, but the deadline is quickly approaching — March 31. During this period, anyone who hasn’t previously enrolled in Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan can join one

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Nearly half of US gig workers report difficulty accessing health insurance, the study finds

(Photo: Shutterstock) Freelance work has a negative impact on the ability of nearly half of US gig workers to find access to health insurance. In addition, many are stressed and frustrated by the lack of a social safety net, according to a study by Legal & General Group, a financial services company in the United

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