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Can I See a Medical Professional on my Computer, Tablet or Phone? You Bet!

By |May 15th, 2017|

Most of us have already been there. Someone very dear to you, a child, parent, brother, sister or spouse gets sick, and then really sick, and you get scared. And of course, it’s 11:30 at night on a Saturday! What to do?

As a first-time parent, I remember clearly being home with my six-month-old daughter one […]

Hyperbole Rules the Day as the House Passes the AHCA

By |May 8th, 2017|

The Olives: “The Grapes are Gutting Obamacare!! People will die!”

The Grapes: “Obamacare is FAILING! We need to repeal/replace it!”

On Thursday afternoon, May 4, 2017, the United States House of Representatives, by a vote of 217-213, passed the American Healthcare Act (AHCA). You may recall I talked at length about the proposed act. So now that […]

Drug Company Magic, Part 2

By |May 3rd, 2017|

Drug Company Magic, Part 2

As we move further into 2017, I am increasingly concerned about the impact drug price increases have on your premiums. I’ve written before about the “magical” way drug companies arrive at their pricing.

To make matters worse, it’s very difficult for all of us as patients to make informed decisions about which […]

Shoring Up Healthcare.Gov

By |April 19th, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |April 6th, 2017|

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

Straight Beyond the Call of Duty

By |April 5th, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |March 29th, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |March 14th, 2017|

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, […]

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

By |March 7th, 2017|

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 […]

Olives vs. Grapes: A Messy Fight over ACA

By |March 1st, 2017|

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 […]