Job losses, uninsurance and underinsurance

“People who are underinsured end up facing almost identical problems as the uninsured. The difference is, they paid for the privilege.”This observation by Karen Pollitz, director of the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, is a harbinger of what will happen very quickly among workers in the U.S. in 2009 — employed and laid-off.Three pieces […]

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How the new economy can motivate health engagement — for the better

There are ten New Rules of health engagement, according to the health communications guress Nancy Turett at Edelman:1 Provide deep content.2 Be transparent.3 Inform in real time.4 Participate actively in conversations across multiple channels.5 Engage in prevention, chronic health problems and access to health care.6 Take a holistic approach to health and well-being.7 Address people’s […]

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Employers' prescriptions for staying in the health care game

About 60% of Americans receive health insurance through their employers. Employers should continue to be the platform on which health benefits are provided in America, according to the American Benefits Council. In its report, Condition Critical: Ten Prescriptions for Reforming Health Care Quality, Cost and Coverage, the Council offers ten maxims it believes will bolster […]

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The average health insurance premium costs 84% of average unemployment benefits

The average unemployment benefit across the U.S. is $1,278; COBRA monthly premiums for family coverage are $1,069.   In 9 of the 50 states, COBRA equals or is greater than the monthly unemployment benefit. Those states are Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia. These metrics are shown in the […]

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"Free" antibiotics and wellness — a 2009 retail health update

‘Tis the season for free antibiotics. Retail health is not only promoting convenience; the sector is promoting ‘free’ health care in the form of antibiotics (at least until March 31st, 2009). The cheap/free drug trend began with Wal-Mart’s $4 generic program, which launched in 2006. Like proverbial dominoes falling, Target quickly joined Walmart. Then Kmart […]

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