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“Licking Their Chops Over the Potential Here”

We currently have 47 million people without health insurance.  We have an Administration working really hard to come up with a plan to get health insurance coverage for those 47 million people.  And we have an entire industry of health insurers “licking their chops over the potential here” – at least that is one industry analyst’s opinion.  As reported in…

It’s Just a “Draft of a Draft” But Still Very Scary

As a small business owner, I am watching what is going on with the healthcare reform with great interest as well as great trepidation.  As reported by Politico over the weekend, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy, put out draft legislation which would mandate that businesses provide insurance to its employees or pay…

Is Health Insurance Bad For Your Health?

Reading the first line of this article in the New York Times, The Many Hidden Costs of High-Deductible Health Insurance, made me think back to our recent post regarding choosing the right health insurance and the fact that young Americans are willing to do the research but not sure where to turn for assistance. This article provides a detailed understanding…

Wellpoint Says Fix Healthcare But Don’t Touch its Profits

Wellpoint executives are touting the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  With the healthcare system in what is called a “crisis,” what exactly isn’t broken?  According to the Indiannapolis Star, its Wellpoint’s ability to make a profit.  Wellpoint wants commercial insurers to extend its coverage into the individual marketplace instead of bringing in a public plan, similar…

California Rescission Issues Continue On

I can’t believe that it was back on 9/28/06 when we posted our first item on the problems California insurers were facing for wrongfully rescinding patients’ policies.  Almost three years later, we are still hearing about cases where Blue Shield of California and HealthNet are still under fire for rescinding policies.   The AP is reporting that HealthNet just entered into…

Payer Rankings – Check it Out!!

I love to see where the largest payers rank when it comes to percentage of claim denials, days in A/R, denial transparency.  That is why I was so excited to see the new report issued by Athena Health.  This site allows you to analyze payer performance by region and by issue.  Can you believe that UnitedHealth Group ranks #1 in…

Are you prepared to choose the right health plan?

Health insurance is clearly a necessity but where do we go to choose what is right for us? Sounds like many young Americans are in the same quandary when it comes to this question. A recent study reported by Dow Jones Newswire shows that young Americans do not feel they have the information needed to make the right decision about…

How to Save Money by UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest insurer, released its report on the U.S. can save money on health care.  Please remember that this is the same group whose President and CEO, Stephen J. Hemsley, was recently called to be questioned by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation in hearings entitled “Deceptive Insurance Industry Practices – Are Consumers Getting…

The Insured Compensate for the Uninsured

We all know that there is a growing cost to medical providers rendering services to the uninsured population – approximately $42.7 billion went unpaid last year.  We also know that someone has to be contributing to paying for that care.  But did you know that that cost is being covered through a hidden tax on the premiums of people with…