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Can Health Savings Accounts Be a Bulwark Against Long-Term Care Costs?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Morningstar reports:

“Many retirement accumulators take pains to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of their retirement plans. They noodle over their portfolios’ asset allocations, carefully calibrate when they’ll begin claiming Social Security benefits, and think hard about withdrawal rates.

But many such painstaking retirement planners don’t give another major variable more than the periodic anxious thought: how to pay for long-term care. And is it any wonder so many people are in denial? For one thing, it’s a flip of the coin as to whether you’ll need long-term care: 52% of people turning 65 are expected to have a long-term care need during their lifetimes, and another 48% will not. The prospect of needing long-term care is inherently unpleasant, and that care can also be ruinously expensive, running upward of $100,000 per year in urban areas.
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See who’s owed the most by deadbeat Illinois

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“More than 60 businesses and other groups are owed at least $10 million apiece by the state, while 13 of them are due $100 million or more. Those owed the most are in health care, including insurers Aetna Better Health and Blue Cross/Blue Shield parent Health Care Service Corp., each out nearly $600 million.

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‘Breakthrough’ Leukemia Drug Also Portends ‘Quantum Leap’ In Cost

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports:

“When doctors talk about a new leukemia drug from Novartis, they ooze enthusiasm, using words like “breakthrough,” “revolutionary” and “a watershed moment.”

But when they think about how much the therapy is likely to cost, their tone turns alarmist.

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One Illinois medical center lands on list of best U.S. hospitals

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Crains Chicago Business reports:

“Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the only Illinois medical center to land among the best 20 hospitals nationwide, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

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Health Insurance Brokers Help Employers Lower Healthcare Costs

Friday, August 18th, 2017

ACA Times reports:

“When it comes to providing healthcare as an employer, cost is a major concern. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable large employers – organizations with 50 or more full-time employees and full-time equivalent employees — are required to offer insurance to 95% of their full-time staff.

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Blue Cross premium hikes in Texas, Oklahoma could mean Illinois sticker shock

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Illinois residents who buy Blue Cross and Blue Shield health care coverage through the state insurance exchange may be in for Obamacare sticker shock, if proposed rate hikes by the largest insurers in Texas and Oklahoma are any indication.

Texas and Oklahoma are possible harbingers of Blue Cross’ prices on the Illinois exchange because all three health plans are owned by the same company, Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp. Blue Cross is the most popular insurer on the Illinois exchange.

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Illinois Obamacare plan crippled by losses

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

According to Crain’s Chicago Business 

” The operating losses continue to mount at struggling Land of Lincoln Health, totaling $90.8 million for the Obamacare health plan in 2015.

That net loss is almost five times greater than the Chicago-based startup reported in 2014, when it totaled $17.7 million. The insurer lost about $40 million in just the last three months of 2015, according to a new financial statement filed with national insurance regulators.

Jason Montrie, Land of Lincoln president and interim CEO, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Kevin Scanlan, chairman of the insurer’s board of directors, said in a statement: “Land of Lincoln Health, like other insurers across the market, continues to adjust its business model as we learn how to best adapt to the new marketplace. . . .The board is confident in its long-term viability and will continue to evaluate and invest in the needs of our members.”

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With Michigan Closure, More Than Half of Obamacare CO-OPs Have Now Failed

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Energy & Commerce Reports:

“WASHINGTON, DC – The number of failed Obamacare CO-OPs grew to one dozen today as Michigan became the latest to announce it was closing. To date, 12 of the original 23 CO-OPs have closed, bringing the total cost to taxpayers at more than $1.23 billion. This Thursday, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on “Examining the Costly Failures of Obamacare’s CO-OP Insurance Loans.” (more…)

Canadian Health Care: Patients Waiting Longer Than Ever For Treatment

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Investors Business Daily Reports:

Socialist Medicine: Canadians love their hockey and have historically been happy with their government-run health care system. Hockey is thriving. The country’s health care system, though, is a wreck and getting worse.

It could be said the words “Canada” and “health care” really don’t go together because some Canadians never make it to the doctor.

Too many die untreated due to extended wait times to see a doctor, and those wait times have increased again this year. They are now almost twice as long as they were in 1993, the year Hillary Clinton tried to force government health care on Americans. (more…)

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