I’ve been traveling the state recently, getting our brokers ready for the start of open enrollment. It’s part of my job to follow changes in state and federal regulations and let everyone – Blue Cross employees, our groups, our brokers who serve our groups and individual members, the general community – know how those changes will affect their health benefits.
One of the scariest, most life-altering things that can happen to any of us is a health crisis. We’re going along, working, living our everyday lives, then BAM! We fall sick, get a serious diagnosis or have a traumatic accident. It’s frightening, and can leave you feeling helpless and powerless.
Fever, rash, cut, break? Sudden medical issues can be scary and knowing where to go to get treatment when is confusing and can be a major pain, on top of that illness or injury.
About 90% of us have health insurance from birth to age 64 because we either have a job, retired from a job or are related to someone who has or retired from a job.
The Blue Cross Business to Business Forum
Of the 100+ average appearances that I make each year, few events are as powerful as our annual Business to Business Forum on Healthcare Solutions, held recently at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. It’s simply a treat for me to participate and I hope it was as big a treat for the hundreds of attendees who enjoyed this free event. I’ve been to conferences around the nation on healthcare that didn’t deliver as much value as our B2B forum did.
You may remember that earlier this year, I wrote a post updating the status of medical marijuana nationwide and in Louisiana, talking at length about how health insurance companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana view marijuana products. Read more