Health Care reform updates for the week of November 16, 2009 including recent report from Hewitt on the favorable and unfavorable expected impact of the current proposed health care reform bill, Federal and State updates. Topics in this issue include State of New York removing insurers right to subrogate claims, electronic health record requirements in Utah, New Jersey state budget cuts, Illinois legislation regarding pre-existing conditions, and Michigan's review of Blue Care Network's proposal to buy Physicians Health Plan. Oklahoma voices concerns about local job loss in its state if Federal legislation passes.
Most insurers claim they continue to focus on important health care reform issues, but also claim that some members of Congress and The White House appear unwilling to stop or even slow the political attacks against insurers.
The Senate Finance Committee last week finished moving through dozens of amendments, paving the way for a vote on the finished bill sometime this week after the Congressional Budget Office provides a cost estimate.
While at the America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) health care reform conference held in June 2009 in San Diego Ms. Barbara Archbold, Partner, Payer Industry for IBM Global Business Services is interviewed by Mike Arrigo, CEO of No World Borders.Ms. Archbold recommends that health insurance payers approach the issue from a business point of view, [...]
While at the San Diego AHIP conference we interviewed HCI Insight, a company that promises to reduce the cost of health care by addressing fraud. HCI's loss calculators indicate that a health insurance firm with 3,000,000 (3 million) lives insured stands to lose $381 million over a specified period of time, and their solution is [...]
Today while entering the AHIP conference we encountered demonstrators who want the health care industry to change. We intereviewed Kathy Rallings, an employe at California Techers Association. The people *inside* the conference were a bit more subdued in their approach, but we believe that both the demonstrators and those exhibiting inside the conference are interested [...]