March 2018 Health Care Update

Health Care Update: In the News Health care update: highlights from recent news stories: Aetna and United health Care have announced that they will pass along drug rebates and discounts they receive from pharmaceutical companies to those insured by them. I do not have the effective date for either of these programs. Advocate Health Care … Continue reading March 2018 Health Care Update

Health Care News February 2018

Health care continues to be in the news daily. Mergers, in many forms, are under discussion: CVS and Aetna Insurance, Albertson’s and Rite Aid, Walgreens and Rite Aid, Advocate Health System in Illinois merging with Aurora Health System in Wisconsin, etc. And, of course, the news about Amazon; currently providing medical supplies to health systems … Continue reading Health Care News February 2018

2018 Medical Insurance Update

2018 Medical Insurance information Yes, January is almost over. But, I expect that you have just recently begun to receive bills related to medical services you had in January.  Do you have an online account with your medical insurance provider? If not, take a few minutes to create one soon. You will need your insurance … Continue reading 2018 Medical Insurance Update

Your Health Coverage in 2018

Your Health Coverage enrollment Have you completed your medical insurance enrollment for 2018? Please take the time between now and January 1 to review your benefits coverage: maximum out-of-pocket expenses, co-pays and deductibles, prescription program choices and costs, emergency and hospital coverage, etc. If you haven’t already created an online account with your insurance provider, … Continue reading Your Health Coverage in 2018

2018 Open Enrollment

The health insurance open enrollment season is upon us. Here are some things to consider as you review your options and enroll in a health insurance plan for 2018. Insurance through an Exchange Open enrollment begins November 1 and ends December 15; half the enrollment period of last year. Also, be aware that the exchanges … Continue reading 2018 Open Enrollment

Rethinking Long Term Care Options

Rethinking Long Term Care Options This morning I read about Genworth’s recent study on long term care costs in this country. They have been providing very helpful information, geographic specific as well as national trends, since 2004. The findings for 2017: the second highest increase in long term care costs since they began their reporting. … Continue reading Rethinking Long Term Care Options

Long Term Care Costs Increase in 2017

Long term care costs are predicted to continue to increase.  Recent studies released by Genworth indicate this year’s long term care cost increases are the second highest since they have begun their reporting in 2004. Have you planned for your long term care expenses? Nursing Home Costs It is predicted that a private nursing home … Continue reading Long Term Care Costs Increase in 2017

Emergency Preparedness 2017

Do you have an emergency preparedness plan? “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.” Watching helplessly as members of our immediate family and countless others struggle in Houston with the hurricane, tornadoes, and flooding, I thought it timely to talk about preparing for emergencies- medical, natural, or other unexpected events. Emergency Preparedness- FEMA has lots of … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness 2017

Understanding Medicaid

Understanding Medicaid: a program frequently mentioned in the health care debates. How familiar are you with the Medicaid program, who it covers, how it is funded, and why this is such a critical discussion for health care’s future in the United States? Understanding Medicaid: What is it? Created by President Lyndon B. Johnson, this federal … Continue reading Understanding Medicaid

Health Care Reform May 2017

Health Care Reform update, May, 2017 We are being bombarded daily with sound bites about various aspects of our health care system; proposed reform, changing time lines, price increases, etc. I am sharing some recent information which I strongly urge you to read.  Keeping informed about the proposed changes to health care reform and coverage … Continue reading Health Care Reform May 2017