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Archive for April, 2009

April 29

Health Insurance Advocate

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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was officially confirmed yesterday as the head of Health and Human Services, with her mission to overhaul the U.S. health care system. The appointment means that the last of Obama’s cabinet positions is now filled. The department, with Sebuilius in the captain seat, will focus on issues facing the elderly and poor, [...]

April 27

Health Insurance Blog Says Drug Sales Fall With Recession

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For the first time in roughly fifty years, IMS is predicting that drug sales will drop this year. The drug data firm is forcasting a 1-2%drop in sales as a result of the recession and a shift in financial burden from insurance companies to individuals in the form of higher deductibles and copayments. Also, there [...]

April 24

Health Insurance Tips on Americans On The Board for Change

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A recent phone poll conducted by Healthcare for America Now found that the overwhelming majority of Americans are ready to embrace a major change and take health insurance tips in the structure of our nation’s health insurance industry. Almost 75% of the 800 citizens polled randomly via telephone supported the idea of a choice between public [...]

April 22

Health Care, Confusing and Costly

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How can an exam which took about 20 minutes total and resulted in a clean bill of health equal over a $2,000 bill? Such is the nature of health care in our country where treatment is itemized and results in confusing, and costly, bills. For those lucky enough to have health insurance, this cost is [...]

April 20

Drugs in the Water Supply?

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An investigation made by the Associated Press recently uncovered the millions of pounds of pharmacueticals which were released into the public drinking supply by United States drug makers and other large manufacturers. The most frightening aspect being that these dumps were made legally via and agreeement with the Federal government that amounts to “don’t ask, [...]

April 17

Health Insurance Not A Guarantee of Care

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While the focus of health care reform is centered on eliminating the number of Americans without health insurance, will have coverage actually equal having care? A problem that often goes overlooked is that of finding a primary care physician. For one thing, there has been a decrease in the number of med school graduates going [...]

April 15

Sebelius Grants Extra Assistance with Health Care

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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed into law legislation which will aid the growing number of unemployed citizens in the state. The legislation will direct federal stimulus money to subsidize the state’s COBRA program which allows those who have been laid off from their job continued access to their company’s group health insurance policy. Previously, premiums [...]

April 13

Blue Cross Questionable Activity

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Blue Cross of Michigan is enacting a number of changes which will impact the cost of health care as well as the profit of local health insurance agents. The insurance company is the state’s insurer of last resort, meaning that their tax-exempt status requires them to issue policies on everyone, regardless of medical history. This [...]

April 10

How Much Power Should the Government Have Over Health Care

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The debate is raging over what direction health care reform should take in the coming year. There is no question that a change must be made, as costs cannot continue to climb unchecked as they have been without resulted in a complete collapse of the health care system. The debate right now is centered on whether [...]

April 8

Insurance Stocks Climb

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After the release of new projections regarding Medicare, insurance company stocks climbed slightly. The health insurance for elderly citizzens has an enrollment of roughly 10 million people. After a pretty dramatic fall in February based on negative projections for the program, the climb is a relief to many. On Monday, the government released final numbers [...]