Caveat Emptor: Medicare Posts $1.6 Billion Loss

Since the US government has had control over this massive pot of money, how can we expect Bernie’s proposal to be relevant or even a plausible possibility, when Medicare is currently losing money and going to be bankrupt!  According to a recent report, Medicare trustees project “the hospital fund is on track to empty out in 2026, already flunks the... Read More

Introducing a New CareFirst My Account Security Feature

Starting in April, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and CareFirst BlueChoice, Inc. will introduce a new security feature—two-step verification—in My Account. Two-step verification adds a second layer of security to help ensure unauthorized users cannot access My Account, even if they have a member’s password. This process should be familiar to most members as it’s common in organizations such as Apple, Amazon... Read More

Crossing the Border for Drug Savings? 1 in 4 Adults Say It Is Difficult to Afford Their Prescription Drugs

Just like my last post about Medicare-for-all and utilization costs…   Foreign travel is an approach one advisor used to control costs for a self-funded client, securing a 6-month supply of medication for a fraction of the cost in the US.  Why are Democrats pushing Medicare-for-All when citizens can source prescription drugs for 70% less in other countries?  We are... Read More

Senators say they’re serious about tackling surprise medical bills

If you have an emergency, you often don’t have a choice about which provider treats you.  HMOs offer in-network coverage only.  High deductible health plans (HDHPs) may or may not have out-of-network options. Hospitals need to set the tone.  When an emergency department hires non-contracted providers, they must accept the insurance carriers with which the hospital is contracted.  If the... Read More