Category: Health and Wellness

Category: Cost of Healthcare, Health and Wellness, Health Insurance

Is COVID-19 Driving Up My Health Insurance Costs?

Part of my job as a health care economist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is to talk to people, explaining health care costs and what Blue Cross does to safeguard your health care premium. A very common question I get hit with is whether the money we’ve spent over the past 18 months or so treating COVID-19 patients has translated into higher health insurance rates for our customers. Read more

Category: Health and Wellness, Health Insurance

Hurricane Ida Special Edition

I hope you are all doing well out there. I know it’s been a pretty challenging week for everyone. My family and I got to see Ida up close, as the eyewall passed about 10 miles east of us. Hours of hurricane-force winds take the fun out of everything, right? We were blessed to come through safely and without any serious damages. I pray the same is true for all of you. I know the people who were 10 miles on the OTHER side of the eyewall had it much worse. Read more

Category: Health and Wellness

Drowning… and COVID-19

When I was a teenager, I basically lived in the water. Between the huge municipal pool a few blocks from my home and friends’ camps along Bayou Teche, I was pretty much always wet.  My dad loved the water, and he taught us to ski, swim, dive, you name it. Read more