A coalition of liberal groups that includes major labor unions such as the Service Employees International Union and the activist group MoveOn.org announced today it will spend $40 million to make health insurance a major issue in the campaign, with Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, as the one of the group’s main spokespersons. The group, which has dubbed itself “Health Care for America Now!”
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WASHINGTON — Social Security officials, concerned about the risk of identity theft, are calling for immediate action to remove Social Security numbers from the Medicare cards used by millions of Americans.
But Medicare officials have resisted the proposal, saying it would be costly and impractical.
In a new report, the inspector general of Social Security, Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr., says “immediate action is needed.”
“Displaying such information on Medicare cards unnecessarily places millions
Effective June 19, 2008, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Advocate Health Care have announced they have reached an agreement that renews all of their contractual relationships through 2010. The newly signed contract will include all of the Advocate hospitals and expand to include Libertyville’s Condell Medical Center when its expected integration into Advocate Health Care is approved by federal and state agencies later this year
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) today released data from the only national survey to measure the impact of rising healthcare costs on micro-businesses and the self-employed. The survey of nearly 4,000 micro-businesses, a follow-up to research conducted in 2005, shows that high cost continues to be the most significant barrier to offering health insurance and that small businesses strongly feel they are at a disadvantage compared to
Michael Reese Physician Group no longer participating in BCBS of Illinois’ HMO Illinois or Blue Advantage HMO
Effective October 1, 2008 the Michael Reese Physicians Group MG-189 will no longer participate in HMO Illinois or Blue Advantage HMO networks. There are approximately 6,000 members and 63 physicians impacted as a result of this medical group closing.
Letters will be sent to these members and their employers by end of June, and will inform members of the medical group closing along with the option to select a new physician
Cape Radiology Group of Southern Illinois has terminated their PPO contract with BCBSIL. Cape Radiology Group is a group of radiologists that are on staff at the following Southern Illinois PPO Hospitals:
• Memorial Hospital – Carbondale
• Carbondale Clinic – Carbondale (This is a professional provider satellite of Memorial Hospital)
• Herrin Hospital – Herrin
• St. Joseph Hospital – Murphysboro
• Union County Hospital – Anna
Because Cape Radiology is the exclusive radiology group
As part of our BlueExtras discount program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has arranged a vision discount program that offers all group members discounts on eye exams, contact lenses, frames, lenses and lens add-ons.
In addition, as part of their health care benefits, HMO members have a vision benefit that provides coverage for one eye exam every 12 months for the cost of their PCP copayment, when they visit
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A $20 billion Medicare refinancing bill, paid for mostly by reducing Medicare’s reimbursement of private health plans, was blocked by U.S. lawmakers on Thursday, raising the likelihood a version with smaller cuts will emerge.
The legislators face a ticking clock
Survey: 20% of College Parents Unaware when their children are no longer covered under their health plan
According to a two recent surveys conducted by Assurant Health, students and parents might not be aware of important facts regarding their son or daughter’s health insurance eligibility. In fact, concerned parents might make this their top priority if only they knew that, as soon as their sons or daughters doffed their caps and gowns, many of these grads were no longer protected against medical catastrophes. Unfortunately, many parents
Assurant Health is lowering rates up to 15% on their Short Term Medical plans with effective dates of July 1, 2008 or later. The rate reduction will be especially beneficial for recent college graduates. Most plans specify that individuals are no longer eligible dependents under their parent’s plan after graduation and have to pay expensive COBRA premiums to continue coverage.
A short term insurance plan may offer more cost-effective temporary health