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

Category: Government Programs, Health Insurance

It’s Not Just About Us…

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

Category: Health and Wellness

COVID-19: The Not-So-Much Bunch

When I was a kid, I grew up surrounded by relatives. My mom had five brothers and sisters. On average, they had 4.3 kids per family. Add that to the five kids in our household, and you had the makings of quite a cousin party, pretty much all the time. My mom’s father gave up trying to remember the names of his 29 grandkids. He gave us numbers based on our ages. I was #3. My youngest brother, Chris, hated the fact that he was #27. Read more

Category: ACA and Policy, Cost of Healthcare, Government Programs, Health Insurance

If you drew unemployment insurance in 2021, free health insurance may be waiting for you

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