With revenues reduced to a trickle, some states are considering drastic measures to balance their budgets. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has proposed abandoning Medicaid, the federally mandated program that provides health care for the poor. That idea also has its advocates in Florida, Nevada and here in South Carolina. But before ditching Medicaid, let’s…Read More
From factcheck.org: The Truth About Health Insurance Premiums The new law has brought increases for some. But GOP leaders exaggerate. November 19, 2010 Summary Leading Republicans in Congress are blaming the new health care law for double-digit rate increases being sought by insurance companies in Washington state, New York and Connecticut. But insurance regulators, leading…Read More
Need help getting your child covered? Contact our friends below and let them walk you through the CHIP application process. . Palmetto Children’s Health Initiative Linking Every SC Child to an Affordable & Appropriate Medical Home In November 2009, the Palmetto Project announced the launch of a new statewide initiative to link every child under…Read More
It’s a political pickle, all right. The same health insurance goliaths that secretly bankrolled anti-Obama campaigns in the midterm elections, while publicly proclaiming cooperation with the White House, now have to persuade their politicians to lay off the individual mandate, no matter what their Tea Party supporters say. From Bloomberg Businessweek: By Drew Armstrong When…Read More
From our friends at the South Carolina Hospital Association: By Thornton Kirby for The State One of the common refrains of this campaign season was “They just don’t get it.” This was generally used by Republicans to refer to Democrats who were thought to be out of touch with mainstream America, outraged by their overreaching…Read More
From The State’s opinion page: By Lynn Bailey Gov.-elect Nikki Haley campaigned on increasing South Carolina’s jobs. In South Carolina, health care means jobs — 200,000 jobs. Jobs ranging from home health aides to nursing assistants to brain surgeons to insurance claims processors and hospital administrators. Jobs for people with only a high school diploma…Read More
By Liv Osby for The Greenville News For more than 60 years, Cline Hose & Hydraulics in Greenville has provided health insurance to its employees — but as the cost went up, the plans changed. “When we first started, we had coverage for all our employees and their wife and children,” said Neb Cline Jr.,…Read More
Attention consumers: The 4th paragraph here says it all. Meanwhile health insurers have funneled $86.2 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to fight reforms that would contain consumer costs. From Healthwatch, The Hill’s health care blog: By Elise Viebeck The six largest investor-owned health insurance companies saw a 22 percent increase in combined net…Read More
Karen Ignagni, CEO of AHIP, the insurers’ lobby through which money was funneled. . Today Bloomberg broke an eye-popping story on the true extent to which health insurers went to quietly undermine reform while publicly assuring us of their cooperation. See here where former insurance industry insider Wendell Potter predicted as much, that Big Insurance…Read More
Check out this 2009 clip from Bill Moyer’s Journal in which former CIGNA vice president and spin-guru Wendell Potter tells of his “road to Damascus” moment and the blood on his own hands, as well as the health insurance industry’s driving concern – “what they want is to enhance their profits, enhance shareholder value”. Shocker…Read More
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