United Healthcare in a Tough Battle

After United Healthcare lapsed their contract with HCA, things got ugly. Dr. Craig Keyes, CEO of United’s Colorado division, was accosted and his house vandalized in July. HCA was was even attempting to get United Healthcare clients to switch to carriers contracted with HCA. Well now, Frontier Airlines, which is based in Denver, is switching […]

Harvest Moon Health Wonk Review

Joe Paduda over at Managed Care Matters hosts this weeks HWR.  He cut the fat and kept the list down to an all star list of 15 entries, each with a very helpful commentary. Ezra Klein discusses an idea by Jacob Hacker called Universal Insurance.  An all-purpose insurance that covers health expenses, disability, or “whatever”.  […]

A Very Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds version 3.2 is up over at RDoctor.  There are some really great articles in this edition, so I recommend hopping over there for some amusement.  It includes an article from the Colorado Health Insurance Insider that Louise wrote about Financial Incentives for Good Health. I really enjoyed an article about the overuse of antibiotics […]

Colorado Businesses Pay More for Health Insurance, Especially Greeley

The Greeley Tribune reports that small businesses in Colorado pay more for health insurance than companies in other states, with Greeley paying Colorado’s highest health insurance costs.  The article does a good job of attempting to explain this, but misses the point. A study of more than 650,000 businesses across the U.S. that had 50 […]

We’ve Gone Pink

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a close friend that was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Colorado Health Insurance Insider is sporting a pink monochrome throughout October to promote awareness.  Many sites across the internet, especially within the blogosphere, have redesigned their layouts in pink to promote awareness of this disease. Breast cancer is the […]

Ask Your Agent if This is a “Push Week”

I was at the gym the other day and I overheard a guy talking to his buddies about a plan he’d come up with.  He said “Next week is a Push Week, so I wonder if you could buy a policy from me and we could just cancel it the next week.  You’ll get all […]

Personal Finance on The Oregon Trail

This week, Punny Money put together the best Carnival of Personal Finance I’ve ever read.  If you’re like me and into personal finance, it’ll arouse some nostalgia from about 1984 and also give some very good reading about personal finance along the journey.  This adventure from 1868 is a can’t miss and has a great […]

Another Use for Your HSA

Inside many Colorado Target, Wal-mart, Kroger, and Walgreens stores you’ll find walk-in clinics like MedPoint Express, MinuteClinic, RediClinic, and now SmartCare Family Medical Centers.  These in-store clinics allow a fast and convenient option for those with a minor medical need, like an ear infection, and want quick treatment.  The problem with these clinics, right now, is […]

Uninsured American Children

There are currently 9 million uninsured children in the US.  Census data shows that 70% of those children live in a home where at least one parent works full-time.   The same data indicates that about two thirds of these children would qualify for government-sponsored health insurance if the parents were to apply for it.  Uninsured people are […]

HSA Usage

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that out of all the people with job related health insurance, only 4 percent are enrolled in an HSA qualified plan. “We don’t know yet whether workers and employers ultimately will embrace consumer-driven health plans in big numbers, but it certainly hasn’t been a tidal wave,” study co-author Gary […]

Small Victory

Yesterday, we commented on the story of Jerry Ansley, who got the $2.5M mosquito bite and was about to lose everything because he had MidWest National as his health insurance company.  Well, Jerry got a small victory today because he will get to keep his house.  UNC Hospitals said it will give up its claim […]

Smoking Ban Reduces Heart Attacks

A study done in the 18 months after Pueblo, Colorado enacted its smoking ban in 2003 shows a 27 percent decrease in hospital admissions for heart attacks for city residents. The study was led by Dr. Carl Bartecchi, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. “Heart attack […]

Panel Recommends Basic Health Insurance Plan for All

A federal advisory panel said Monday that Congress should take immediate steps to guarantee that all Americans have access to affordable health care by 2012. As a first step, the 14-member panel, appointed by the comptroller general of the United States, said, “A national public or private program must be established to ensure protection against […]

Who Likes Personal Finance?

For those of us who can’t get enough information on personal finance, the Canadian Capitalist has over 50 articles in the Carnival of Personal Finance.  My favorite entry was from InsureBlog about how important it is to choose the right health insurance policy.  Mid-West National Insurance Company sells its limited benefit, hospital indemnity plans under […]

Financial Incentives For Good Health

I have a friend who is a physician’s assistant, and spent some time working for a city wellness program.  The plan was set up to help city employees improve their overall health, and in the process, get a discount on the health insurance premiums that were deducted from their paychecks.  I think this could be […]

Separate Your HSA from Your Health Insurance

All of the health insurance companies we work with in Colorado now offer HSA qualified high deductible health insurance plans (HDHP). After you’re approved for an HSA qualified HDHP with these companies, they’ll send you information and application information to sign up for a health savings account with a bank they work with. For example, […]

Humana Extends Contract with HCA-HealthONE in Colorado Through 2008

Good news for our clients with Humana health insurance. After it seemed that HCA was handing out unreasonable rate increases, Humana Inc. HUM announced today that its existing contract with HCA-HealthONE hospital and ancillary facilities has been extended from June 1, 2007 through May 31, 2008 for all Humana members throughout Colorado. “We have forged […]

How to Get Health Insurance for Jackasses

Jackass: Number Two hits theaters tonight and the first thing I think of when I watch that movie is “I hope they have good health insurance”. Johnny Knoxville said he was sure they were going to die while filming the Jackass sequel, so they asked studio execs to shell out $7 million in insurance coverage […]

Wal-Mart Health Insurance Not That Bad

Let me preface this post by saying that I am usually not too impressed with Wal-Mart. I think that their lowest-price-at-any-cost strategy is not the best long-range plan in terms of caring for our Earth and its inhabitants. The Wal-Mart news of the day is about their new super-low priced generic drug program. The news […]

More on Sending the Wrong Message

 – This post is expanding on our previous stories about the new laws allowing parents to keep their children as dependents on their health insurance until they’re 30. For various reasons, the 19 to 29 year old age bracket is the highest uninsured age bracket in the country.  These laws were put into place in […]

Sending the Wrong Message To Our Kids About Health Insurance

Recently, several states have passed laws increasing the age that children can stay on their parents’ health insurance policy.  The reasoning behind the change is sound: these days, it’s not as easy to get a job with health benefits as it used to be, since fewer employers offer coverage to employees.  So allowing young adults to remain on […]

Grand Rounds 2.52

Tundra Medicine Dreams has posted the most beautiful Grand Rounds I’ve ever seen.  It’s a great collection of healthcare related blog posts and includes Louise’s article on ultrasounds. Among some of my favorites: Tara Smith of Aetiology discusses the recent E. coli outbreak from packaged spinach, a recent study on the association between diet and Alzheimer’s at the […]

Preventative Care on Individual Health Insurance

We’ve all heard the adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, yet it often seems that most people ignore this advice.  Otherwise people would not be dying from smoking-related cancers and the plethora of illnesses caused by obesity.  It’s easy to say that these are personal problems and that people […]

End of an Era

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado has come out with new non-group health insurance applications.  On the previous applications, they only requested medical history information from the previous 5 years.  This week, they increased that amount of time to 10 years “so the underwriting department can appropriately assess risk for certain medical conditions.”  Now, […]

Ultrasounds and pregnancy… too much of a good thing?

There is no doubt that over the last few generations, vast amounts of research has been done in the area of obstetrics; modern medicine seems to be able to work miracles when it comes to the care and safety of high-risk mothers and babies, both during and after pregnancy. Babies born 3 months early have […]