CHICAGO, Aug. 11 — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced today its intent not to pay for costs resulting from hospital-based preventable medical errors known as “serious hospital acquired conditions” and “never events” (errors in patient care that can and should be prevented). BCBSIL said it will work with hospitals in its […]
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service recently released 2009 guidelines for maximum contribution levels for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and out-of-pocket spending limits for high deductible health plans (HDHPs) that must be used in conjunction with HSAs. The 2009 IRS requirements are: Minimum Deductible: $1,150 single plan; $2,300 family plan Maximum Out-of-Pocket: $5800 single […]
The Assurant Health MaxPlan, CoreMed, and OneDeductible now include TelaDoc, a service that offers physician access—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. When members need non-emergency medical care, they can call TelaDoc from anywhere and let the doctor come to them by phone, and, in most cases, in less […]
(BestWire Services Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) An increasing number of employers are participating in employee health and wellness programs in a bid to reduce health care costs due to chronic illnesses, officials from Blue Cross Blue Shield companies and the National Business Group on Health announced. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association of America also […]
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