Today, more than 50 years after it was signed into law, what we call “Medicare” may be the most misunderstood program the government has. Since the Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare plan members begins Oct. 15, and because Congress is looking really hard at changing Medicare right now, I thought this was a great time to review a few things about the program. Read more
It’s been my job to watch the health insurance market since I joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana in 2004, and it sure has changed a lot. A LOT! Read more
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
Over the years, I’ve spoken repeatedly about the effort and time we put into our information channels here at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. These avenues are designed to keep you up to date on healthcare issues, your coverage and how to maximize your benefits.
But Mike, what about Louisiana people who are not currently doing business with Blue Cross, what can you do for them? Read more
With apologies to Steve Miller Band, time keeps on slipping into the future… at least when it comes to signing up for an individual health insurance plan on healthcare.gov during a RARE special enrollment period that only lasts through Aug. 15, 2021. Read more
The federal government has been tossing changes toward our industry at a rapid pace during 2021. So rapid that even I, your friendly healthcare economist who keeps up with changes for a living, sometimes struggle to do so.
So, this latest change, which is VERY powerful, has flown a bit under the radar. Read more