Better Insurance Value
Health insurance costs a lot. What drives that cost, and who gets all that money? New requirements make sure more of your insurance dollar is spent on care, but that’s not the only cost driver.
- Health care summit’s openness, inclusiveness, good sign that we may get real change
Today’s health care summit at the White House was unique for what it wasn’t – it wasn’t a closed-door, back-room meeting between wheelers and dealers plotting out what Americans are going to get when it comes to their health care. It was an inclusive, open-door exchange of ideas where folks from across the health spectrum – doctors to insurance companies to politicians to patients – got a chance to talk about what they hope our health care system will become.
- Here comes the opposition to health reform, right on cue and right back to scare tactics
As leaders gather Thursday in the White House to flesh out proposals to get more Americans affordable health coverage, they’ll be greeted in part by a Bronx cheer – a new round of radio and TV ads aimed at defeating their work.
- This week focuses on money for health reform; next week the details
President Obama’s budget proposal today lays out how he will come up with the $634 billion over the next decade to begin getting all Americans much-need health coverage. And next week, he’ll gather health care experts and other stakeholders to begin laying out specific proposals for a health reform plan, with recommendations expected in 30 days.
- Obama proposes to create $634 billion health fund
The Washington Post this afternoon announced that tomorrow’s budget will include a $634 billion dollar 10-year fund to expand health care coverage.
- Obama promises budget will include health care reform
Last night, Obama firmly said we need health care reform within the year, and promised that Thursday’s budget will include some of the funding for it.
- Realities of being underinsured — or without any coverage — trumps fear of change
Fear of losing what we have. In America, that fear has kept us from fixing our broken health-care system. Opponents nurture that fear by arguing that if we insure more Americans, those of us already with coverage will be much worse off. But the respected National Academy of Sciences own Institute of Medicine (IOM) blew holes in that boogeyman with the release today of its latest report on the uninsured.
- “Reasonable and Customary” – According to who?
Elizabeth from New York City got wrapped up in the twisted world of usual, customary and reasonable charges when she decided to go out-of-network for better medical care. She planned to pay the $2,000 maximum out-of-pocket fee but ended up with a $12,000 bill finding herself in one of the many cracks of our broken health care system.
- Why not find out what works best?
Last night, lawmakers in the House and Senate announced an agreement on the stimulus bill that includes $1.1 billion for research comparing the effectiveness of different treatments for disease.
- COBRA subsidy at 65% in final stimulus plan
The final version of the stimulus bill will help laid-off workers pay for a nine-month extension of their COBRA health insurance.
- Help is on the way for laid-off, but how much?
Laid-off and unemployed Americans will get real help affording health coverage under the economic stimulus plan. The question is, just how much help.