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

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, […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

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

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 […]

By |March 7th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs, Medicaid|0 Comments

Olives vs. Grapes: A Messy Fight over ACA

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 […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

It is Past Time We Take the “Mental” Out of Illness and Just Help People get Better

In our quest here at Blue Cross to improve the health and lives of all Louisianans, we have worked very hard to educate folks about chronic conditions that can affect us all, especially in Louisiana:

High blood pressure can lead to a stroke.
High “bad” cholesterol can clog your arteries and damage your heart and […]

By |February 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

PODCAST: Implications of Healthcare in the Trump Administration

Mike Bertaut talks with Jim Engster about the implications of the Trump Administration upon healthcare – especially the ACA. Listen:



By |February 14th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog|0 Comments

What’s The Deal with Age Rating for Health Insurance?

People who know me know I love challenging myself to take the most nuanced, complex and downright wonky healthcare/health insurance stuff and present it so that anybody can get it. When my kids were younger, I would always test my methods on them, assuming if a middle schooler could catch on, I was on the […]

By |February 14th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

Looking for the Healthcare System? Easier to find Unicorns, Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves!

I’m always struck by the amount of time, energy and literature that is devoted to creating alternative worlds, with alternative goals, objectives and creatures. Next time you wander through your local bookstore, pay close attention to how large the Fantasy sections are, and you’ll start to get a feel for the level of effort. Did […]

By |February 6th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

Reality Check: What’s Happening Today to the Healthcare Law?

There is a lot of doom and gloom out there right now about what is going to happen to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under a Republican president with a Republican majority in Congress. So, what is really happening, and what can you expect?

Congress is Moving Forward
The House of Representatives and the Senate both approved […]

By |January 18th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative

As a healthcare economist working for you, one of my jobs is to try to understand how healthcare and health insurance are going to change long before the changes actually happen.

I often find myself sorting through all the narratives coming from policy people and politicians as they talk up changes they want to […]

By |January 18th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|0 Comments

Instability = Uncertainty = Expense: Health Insurance marketplaces need immediate attention

One thing you learn if you work around insurance for a while is that instability and unpredictability drive everybody’s costs up. A lot. And it turns out it doesn’t matter if that’s car insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance or health insurance.

We’ve Seen This Before

I was training with a major life insurance carrier in the mid-1980s […]

By |January 10th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog|0 Comments