Straight Talk by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Facts on the ACA and Rising Costs

Straight Talk by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana/

Shoring Up Healthcare.Gov

Blue Cross considers it an important part of our mission to improve the health and lives and Louisianians. We want to give our family, friends and neighbors financial security in their day-to-day lives against terrible illnesses, give them a clear path to improving their health and help them put off chronic disease for as long […]

By |April 19th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

Podcast: ACA, AHCA and What’s Next in Washington, D.C.

Mike Bertaut appears on the Jim Engster Show to rehash the demise of the AHCA and to discuss what could be coming next out of our nation’s capital.

Mike Bertaut on the Jim Engster Show

By |April 6th, 2017|costs|0 Comments

Straight Beyond the Call of Duty

Fair enough!

I get quite a bit of feedback every week as we’ve expanded the reach of Straight Talk around the state and beyond. Much of it expresses similar sentiments to this Blue Cross member. He wants me to disclose that health insurance providers made more profits with the “Affordable” Health Care act than in the […]

By |April 5th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

The Short Life and Sudden Death of the American Health Care Act

That was quick.

Less than one month ago, I was handed the text of two documents, one on its way to the House Ways and Means Committee, and the other bound for the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C. Combined, those documents became the American Health Care Act (AHCA) HR 1628.

The act flew through […]

By |March 29th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

Straight Talk Update

Straight Talk would normally come to you today, but instead we are eagerly watching the latest developments out of Washington, D.C., on the American Health Care Act.

Republicans in the U.S. House on Monday released several key changes to the Act that would soften the blow of proposed changes on those 50 – 64 years old. […]

By |March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The American Health Care Act (ACHA): Impact on Your Health Insurance

In case you missed it, congressional Republicans are fast-tracking through normal procedures a couple of draft bills that could have huge impacts on the Affordable Care Act. Though not as ambitious as the original ACA, which was more than 2,800 pages long, the American Health Care Act (which the two draft bills together make up, […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

Changing Medicaid in D.C.: What’s at risk for Louisiana?

Mike’s Note: I’m taking a look at the bill proposed Monday by the House of Representatives – the American Health Care Act – and will weigh in with my thoughts soon.

The way our federal government funds Louisiana’s Medicaid program is under serious study right now. The party in charge in Washington, D.C., has indicated they really […]

By |March 7th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs, Medicaid|0 Comments

Olives vs. Grapes: A Messy Fight over ACA

Bertaut recommends you discuss the ACA over fine dining!

I’ve watched with interest, like many of you, the current great debate on the government’s role in healthcare. The fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) is up for grabs. Today, I will cut through the noise for you, and give it […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

It is Past Time We Take the “Mental” Out of Illness and Just Help People get Better

In our quest here at Blue Cross to improve the health and lives of all Louisianans, we have worked very hard to educate folks about chronic conditions that can affect us all, especially in Louisiana:

High blood pressure can lead to a stroke.
High “bad” cholesterol can clog your arteries and damage your heart and […]

By |February 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

PODCAST: Implications of Healthcare in the Trump Administration

Mike Bertaut talks with Jim Engster about the implications of the Trump Administration upon healthcare – especially the ACA. Listen:



By |February 14th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog|0 Comments