As you likely already know, Anthem’s database was recently hacked. It appears that nearly all Anthem product lines were impacted. Anthem, the country’s 2nd largest health insurance carrier, reports that member information for some 80 million individuals may have been compromised in the attack. We should assume that all current and former Anthem customers are vulnerable and may have been affected.
Those Anthem plans and brands directly impacted include Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink and DeCare.
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- Mike Barrett
- February 17, 2015
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Healthcare consumerism is good. We should all work to get better at it. Transparency tools that are provided by the carriers and by innovative up and comers like CareTrader can be quite helpful. We should take advantage of these tools and use them wisely.
But, if you really want to control your personal healthcare spending, get the best bang for your healthcare buck and achieve the best possible medical outcome, your best bet is to PICK THE RIGHT DOC.
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- Tom Barrett
- February 12, 2015
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…Here are the ABC’s (and Part D)
For whatever reason – aging workforce, increasing costs, heightened awareness because of ACA – we’re getting lots and lots of questions from clients and their employees about Medicare this year. Way more than in years past. The vast majority of questions are about the basics.
And, it’s easy to get confused about what’s what. So thought it might be helpful to put together a cheat sheet of sorts about the basics. Here’s a quick summary of the ABC’s (and Part D’s)…
Moderate “average” rate increases for 2015 exchange plans over 2014 exchange plans have been widely reported in the press and elsewhere. Well here’s another “not so fast my friend!”
Many folks who purchased ACA plans in 2014 on the exchange may be surprised when they get their January invoices.
Here’s how the wolf disguised as sheep reference plays out.
The “average rate increases” (increases spread across all plans offered without regard to market share) that some experts are proclaiming and the media is reporting are masking a more practical barometer of how policyholders are impacted.