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Archive for December, 2008

 

California to Fight Gender Bias in Health Care

December 31st, 2008

It has long been the case that women pay more than men for the same health care coverage, even when the women are equally healthy and the same age. This bias towards women has been explained by factors such as the fact that women more often use their insurance for preventative care and routine treatments. [...]

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High Deductible Plans Discourage Care?

December 29th, 2008

For the young and healthy, a high deductible plan with a smaller premium can make the difference between being able to afford coverage, and going without. Unfortunately, one unexpected illness or emergency can mean high medical bills and the need to cut back on health care spending. Experts fear that these high deductible plans do [...]

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Health Care Crusade

December 22nd, 2008

This country has seen more than one attempt at health care reform, but it may have an ununsually motivated ally in the form of a dying Senator. Edward Kennedy, who has been a leader in health care legislation over his 46 year career, is now battling a deadly form of brain cancer. With a desperately [...]

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Country Make Look to Mass as Model for Change

December 19th, 2008

Mass has achieved that which the country has been clamoring for, near universal coverage. They claim to have come to that goal through what they call “incremental universalism.” By allowing people who were happy with their coverage to keep it, and focusing on insuring those in categories that are traditionally difficult to insure by providing [...]

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Utah Lawmakers Roll Out Reform

December 17th, 2008

An extensive reform plan was rolled out in Utah recently outlinging a plan to offer cheaper coverages by removing a lot of restrictions and mandates. The plan is part of a 10 year reform movement, and this is an attempt at laying the groundwork. Two requirements of the plan however, are that insurance companies make [...]

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Tom Daschle Has a Plan

December 15th, 2008

Using the lessons learned from the Clinton failure of the early 90′s, Tom Daschle, appointed by Obama as the Chief of both the Department of Health and Human Resources as well as the new White House Office of Health Reform, plans to go on the offensive. He feels that the Republicans and insurance industry groups [...]

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Obama to Make Enemies Among Insurance Companies

December 12th, 2008

Obama has not been shy about attacking the insurance companies for being instrumental in the current health care and economic crisis. One of the biggest issues he has addressed is the Medicare system, and the fact that insurance companies use Medicare Advantage plans and the like to make a profit while offering nothing better than [...]

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Misuse of Emergency Rooms

December 10th, 2008

As the unemployment rate rises and more people are losing their jobs and their health insurance, many are having to turn to the emergency room when in need of care. The percentage of non-emergency cases being seen in emergency rooms is rising at an alarming rate, which risks jeaopardizing the care of actual emergency cases [...]

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No One Is Safe

December 8th, 2008

For students leaving school and entering the field of medicine, the prevailing feeling is that of relief. Relief that they have chosen a field long considered recession proof. Considering that health care is often an immediate, life threatening need which cannot be delayed, the field is not as invincible as one might think. Stemming from [...]

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AARP Capitalizing on Trustin Seniors

December 5th, 2008

Thinking that the AARP would have his best interest in mind and save him money on both health and car insurance, Arthur Laupus joined the organization. Later, when comparing his rates to that of comparable plans not endorsed by AARP, he was shocked to find that he was paying twice the rate of average. This [...]

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