One of my co-workers here at Blue Cross is doing some amazing things. I’ve talked about him before on these pages. He and his team are building Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana into a first-class data powerhouse. Why should you care about this? Read more
One thing that has always struck me about the way people spend money is how much it has evolved during my lifetime. Today, we are much more savvy and flexible about how we use debt and insurance than we were 50 years ago. Most people don’t really think about the retail prices anymore when they buy a house or a car; instead, they think, “Hey, I can make the monthly payments!” and that’s typically about as far as it goes. Read more
I greet you today by saying “Bless you all” and I am so glad you are reading Straight Talk! It’s been a busy year already, where once again I think we can all agree NOTHING is as simple as it seems. Read more
A new benefit has appeared on the horizon for Louisianians. It will allow many of us to have a never-ending Open Enrollment Period on Healthcare.gov, the marketplace for individual health insurance.
Yep, I said never. Read more
In August 1983, at the tender age of 22, I faced a team of doctors giving me VERY bad news” “We’re sorry, Mike, but you have a malignant form of bone cancer in your right femur. The tumor is sizeable (23 centimeters, almost 9 inches long!) and is consuming your bone. You have a few treatment options…” Read more
It was as sad as it was predictable. There we were, in the grocery store, looking at meat prices. We had just received one of those big flyers in the mail touting a really good sale on 85/15 ground meat. That’s my go-to mix for cooking burgers on my grill — not so “fire-starting,” if you know what I mean, but it still has enough fat content to get that amazing, fresh-from-the-grill taste! Yummy! Read more