There is clear evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn are causing millions of Americans to lose not only their jobs but also their employment-based health insurance.
The other day, I was lamenting the fact that I haven’t seen a disinfecting wipe container in any store in a few months. I find them VERY handy nowadays for wiping doorknobs and other frequently touched surfaces or using them at the gas station and grocery store.
Here's the latest of this evolving situation. But from what we know now, this is the new way.
Earlier this month, NAHU submitted a list of suggestions to the Administration that would provide relief for COVID-19 affected markets so that employers and individuals would be able to maintain or obtain health insurance coverage during the pandemic. You can listen to a discussion of our suggestions on the Healthcare Happy Hour here.
Sometimes, dealing with a big bureaucracy with a ton of rules can be really, really frustrating. Dealing with lots of rules and regulations often makes folks want to tear their hair out. Life can be pretty complex on its own, without tons of rules to follow.
As healthcare economist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, I figure my job looks pretty mundane to most people. Above all things, my job is studying, understanding, reporting and predicting, in that order.
COVID-19 Testing for Return-to-Work Strategies
Blue Cross Revises Underwriting Checklist for Small Groups
Advisory Letter 2020-02 describes the requirements of the Louisiana Insurance Code in determining the group status of husband-and-wife groups.
Well before the COVID-19 public health emergency struck our state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana was working to provide digital ID cards for our members. Blue Cross members may now access their ID cards from their mobile device and online through the member portal.
Commissioner Jim Donelon issued Emergency Rule 37 to address the statewide public health emergency declared to exist in the state of Louisiana as the result of the imminent threat posed to Louisiana citizens by COVID-19.
As you know, our state continues to battle the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, we’re doing everything we can to minimize the virus’ impact on our members—your customers.
In case you missed it, it’s cold and flu season. Hopefully, you are following the advice medical and public health professionals have been giving for years: Get your flu shot, wash your hands regularly, avoid huge crowds, try not to touch your face and, for God’s sake, keep your fingers out of your nose!
When states approach healthcare reform nowadays, they can engage a wide variety of responses to the particular problem of how to stabilize their individual marketplaces and keep costs down for their residents.
The headlines can be pretty stark, and scary: 82K Louisiana Medicaid Patients Could Be Booted from Program… (Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2019)
Per capita health spending for the 160 million Americans in employer-sponsored health plans grew by 4.4% in 2018, the third consecutive year of increases above 4%, according to the latest annual spending report by the Health Care Cost Institute.
Young people can sometimes seem like a mystery to people from older generations (and vice versa), but it’s no secret that they have a not-insignificant amount of spending power.
2019 was a banner year for Big “I” federal advocacy with tangible results for Big “I” member agencies.
In week two of the 2020 Open Enrollment period, 754,967 people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday. Consequently, the cumulative totals reported in this snapshot reflect one fewer day than last year.
The Federal Health Insurance Exchange (also known as the Marketplace) Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019, for coverage starting on January 1, 2020. Similar to previous years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking a strategic and cost-effective approach to inform individuals about Open Enrollment, deliver a smooth enrollment experience, and use consumer feedback to drive ongoing improvements across the Exchange platform.
On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs.
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