More consumer health financing troubles, especially for those with health insurance

Just in case you haven’t had enough bad consumer financing news of late, along comes more news about consumers’ trouble paying medical bills. In Trade-Offs Getting Tougher: Problems Paying Medical Bills Increase for U.S. Families, 2003-2007, researchers at the Center for Studying Health System Change have found that 57 million Americans had problems paying medical […]

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Consumer dis-engagement: health plan illiteracy persists

Consumers don’t understand the language of health plans and, thus, don’t know how to use them. Market research published by Regence, which covers 3 million Blues plan enrollees in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington, says that consumers face a “steep learning curve” when it comes to health insurance lingo. Regence’s study asked 961 health plan […]

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Assessing health reform in the wake of Black Sunday

“Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation,” writes John McCain in an article in Contingencies magazine, dated September/October 2008. His article is entitled, Better Care […]

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Cutting the cord on phones: implications for health

Over 20 million American households are now wireless-only when it comes to phone connections. Nielsen’s paper, Call My Cell: Wireless Substitution in the United States, quantifies the growth of households who are abandoning landline phones in favor of wireless. Nielsen attributes the recent growth in this untethered segment to home economics, where the average landline […]

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Employee health and productivity — a growth segment

If employers got their collective hands on Aladdin’s lamp, they’d wish for: Increased employee accountability Reduced health risks Tailored health management programs that account for risk Health data and measurement tools that feed into analytics and outcomes measures, and Integrated and well-managed benefits and programs. These wishes are brought to you by Hewitt Associates’ 2008 […]

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