States Flunk Health Care Pricing Transparency

When is the NSA better than my state’s government?

state_health_price_transThe answer is when the NSA can go through billions of phone records and find a terrorist in Yemen but our states have access to millions of health provider records but are unable to monitor the providers.

Likewise my healthcare provider spends millions on lobbyists but cannot tell me how much it will cost to fix a broken nose.

What is wrong with this picture?

For more information, see this site. http://blogs.marketwatch.com/health-exchange/2014/03/25/nearly-every-state-flunks-health-price-transparency-report-says/

Go Nuts!

This isn’t about doing a cart-wheel in your office, though you need to get out of your chair.  This is about the health advantages of eating nuts!

By mnn.com

By mnn.com

A recent study over a long period of time with over 100,000 people and analyzed by habits. shows eating nuts every day decreases health issues by 20%.  Here is the study.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/20/harvard-long-life-nuts/3654717/

Contrary to myth, nuts do not make you fat as this study confirms.  In fact nuts have a higher protein to sugar level than any snack.  The study was done regardless if the nuts were roasted, dry roasted, salty, unsalted or grown on a tree or in the ground.

Also you want to increase the good fat, lower the bad fat and lower your sugar intake.  Nuts help you achieve that.

The squirrel above looks fat because he is about to hibernate and go without food for 6 months.

So nuts to you!

Obamacare Affects Private Health-Care Exchanges

In a good way.  Let me explain

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1. Walgreens joins Sears Holding, Darden Restaurants and other firms in moving its workforce into the private (health-care) exchanges.

2. Some (Walgreen) employees could end up paying less than $5 a month for a plan offering minimal coverage.

3. “This is good for EMPLOYERS because it makes their costs more predictable,” said Thomas ­Buchmueller, a health economist who teaches at the University of Michigan. “But it is also a good thing for EMPLOYEES, who will have more choices.”

4. Aon Hewitt said that the number of workers joining its (private) exchange in 2014 is five times the number currently enrolled. (Editor: Due to shift from individual insurance companies.)

5. 28 percent of the companies (surveyed) expect to join private health exchanges within five years.

6. The (private health-care) exchanges allow workers to shop for health benefits from a wide menu of insurance plans offering an array of coverage options and prices.

7. The idea behind private exchanges, like Obamacare, is to stoke competition that would lower prices while giving employees more options.

To confirm these facts, refer to this website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/walgreens-moves-workers-to-private-health-care-exchanges/2013/09/18/46f2c074-2082-11e3-8459-657e0c72fec8_story.html

I predict  that health-care insurance companies will NOT survive unless they are part of public OR private health-care exchanges.

I predict that the exchanges will reduce the number of plans in the next few years.  Care First has already lowered their number from 62 to 8.

Some of the companies that are in private exchanges include: eHealthInsurance, BenefitMall, Liazon Corporation, ConnectedHealth, Choice Administrators, TowersWatson -Extend.

Some of the companies that are in public exchanges include: Celtic, Kaiser, CIGNA, Access Health, Care First (Blue Cross / Blue Shield)

For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_insurance_marketplace