The only thing worse than bad news is bad news you never saw coming. It happens in healthcare with balance, or surprise, billing. Also known as a pain in the rear. In this video (3:59), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana healthcare economist Mike Bertaut explains what balance billing is and how you can avoid it.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away. My large extended family will descend on my house outside of Baton Rouge to eat tons of food, watch football and talk. With every family gathering, there’s lots of conversations. My family members like to tell old stories as much as I do. We catch up with family we only see on major holidays to find out what they’ve been up to. There’s always one relative who brings up the thing WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT and gets everyone, well, animated. Read more
Recently, I wrote about a dramatic change to the health insurance market. It starts officially on Jan. 1, 2023, and it’s called the Family Glitch Fix. This is going to create a brand-new path to more affordable health insurance coverage for many spouses and dependents of employees who currently get coverage through an employer. Read more
Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment for 2023
Mike realized a lot of the lessons he shared during last year’s Open Enrollment Period still track! He’s updated that 2021 post to share tips to keep in mind as you’re shopping for your health plan coverage. Read more