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.
Last fall, the President signed an executive order that REQUIRES three federal agencies to formalize some Affordable Care Act (ACA) escape routes. The agencies recently started to issue final rules on those orders, and I have some thoughts on these things now that they are more concrete. Let me Straighten this out a bit…
Every two weeks, I have the distinct pleasure of speaking to a group of Blue Cross’ newest hires in a class we call Health Insurance 101. The crux of the lesson is a simple one: What’s the point of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana? Why are we here?
When I was a little boy growing up in the 1960s, there was an elderly widow who lived next door to us whom all the kids loved. Miss Elaine had been married to an Army staff sergeant who traveled the world with her in tow. She was a tough cookie! She taught all of us kids to play poker and pinochle (her favorite) and was constantly giving us advice in her raspy, smoky voice (about two packs a day by my recollection).