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The Cost of Louisiana’s ‘Sugar’ Problem

When I was a little boy growing up in the 1960s, there was an elderly widow who lived next door to us whom all the kids loved. Miss Elaine had been married to an Army staff sergeant who traveled the world with her in tow. She was a tough cookie! […]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Can I Do For You?

Early in 2009, my boss directed me to become an expert on the ongoing negotiations in Washington, D.C. that eventually became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010.

Never one to shy from a challenge, especially since my boss shortly thereafter became then-CEO […]

By |May 16th, 2018|Bertaut's Blog|0 Comments

So, What’s a Short-Term Limited Duration (STLD) Health Insurance Policy?

Fourteen years ago, I was working for a collapsing telecom company that had just shut down the division I worked for and laid off about 70 of us. Three months later, I began my career here at Blue Cross, and as a cancer survivor, you might imagine I was VERY […]

By |May 7th, 2018|Bertaut's Blog, costs, rates|6 Comments

Making a Difference for Prescription Drug Safety

Here at Straight Talk, we’re usually talking about things that drive up your healthcare and health insurance costs. So, it’s nice to be able to share some good news with all of you!

As I wrote about last year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has been leading the way […]

By |May 2nd, 2018|Quality Blue|1 Comment

Blue Cross Leadership Is Moving On Chronic Disease and the Social Determinants of Health

I’m always in awe of the intelligence and credentials of the people I work with on a day-to-day basis at Blue Cross. A great example is Dr. Vindell Washington, our chief medical officer.

We’re talking about a guy who cut his teeth in emergency medicine, including stints with the military. He […]

By |April 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments