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Blue Cross, Advocate team up on new health insurance plan

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois and Advocate Health Care are teaming up to offer a health plan that will be one of the cheapest options the insurer offers on and off the Obamacare exchange.

The plan, called BlueCare Direct, is a marriage of two giants. Blue Cross is the largest health insurer in the state, and Downers Grove-based Advocate is the largest health care system, with 12 hospitals and more than 4,000 doctors.

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Making government our last resort

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Indiana Economic Digest reports:

“We’ve found yet another reason to mistrust a government bureaucracy that takes money citizens earned and treats citizens like serfs. The government class often act like the put upon factory foremen, whether it is making the sick wait in a line too many don’t survive trying see a physician at a Veterans Hospital or forcing the poor to jump through innumerable hoops to obtain Medicaid while hoping a loophole can be found to disqualify a person obviously in need. This last cultural trend became widespread in Indiana during Mitch Daniels’ time as governor. It was his administration’s weakness to fail to commit to excellence in doing those things his government was committed to do – including helping poor and disabled people. Those entitled, and we use the word without negative connotation, were poorly served.Bureaucrats, while often fine people outside of their profession, work much the same in most places and in most of history – the old Soviet Union, the old Bureau of Motor Vehicles and of course the new Internal Revenue Service.

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With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Star Tribune reports:

“For uninsured people, the nation’s new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

At 62, Payne has worked for three decades as a nurse, most recently traveling house to house caring for 30 elderly and disabled patients. But she’s ready to leave that behind, including the job-based health benefits, to move to Oregon and promote her self-published book. She envisions herself blogging, doing radio interviews and speaking to seniors groups.

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ACA Decision: What Happens Now?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Insurance News Net.com reports:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold all but one provision in the Affordable Care Act means that for now, at least, one of the most far-reaching overhauls of the nation’s health-care system will be the law of the land. New rules for insurers that have taken effect will remain in place, while new opportunities to gain health- care coverage will begin in 2014.

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Action Required to Maintain Grandfathered Status

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Legislative Update
Reminder! Action Required to Maintain Grandfathered Status
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) requires that employer groups intending for one or more benefits plans to maintain grandfathered health plan status provide employer contribution rate information to BCBSIL by completing a Grandfathered Health Plan Form. Review instructions for groups renewing prior to Jan. 1, 2011 and after Jan. 1, 2011. The Department of Health & Human Services has released two new sets of guidelines on Medical Loss Ratios and insurance exchanges.
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