New President May End the 40% Excise Tax on Premium Health Care Plans

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We don’t usually comment on politics, but it seems the responsible “thing” to alert you to the potential consequences of the upcoming vote. This week, Willis.com posted: The Cadillac Tax is Politically Unpopular – So is Repeal a “Done” Deal? Willis is a member of the
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Are You Ready for Open Enrollment Season?

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Hello, this is George Geldin with a California Individual Health Insurance Update and Medicare Update for September 25th, 2015. Sadly, the weather is changing; maybe the last day can wear a Hawaiian shirt and because autumn is here, it also means that Open Enrollments are just around
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5 Lessons on Skyrocketing Drug Prices

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Did you see this headline this week: Pfizer Raised Prices on 133 Drugs This Year, And It’s Not Alone   A single, 5,000 percent price hike on an anti-parasitic drug made by Turing Pharmaceuticals garnered national media attention. But it’s just one of hundreds of smaller price in
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What You Should Know Before the 2015-2016 Flu Season Starts

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Do you dread flu season?   I know many folks in our office do, as well as clients. Business owners tend to dread it for multiple reasons: they don’t want to get sick, they don’t want their friends and family members to get sick, and they don’t want to lose employees
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Could It Be Cellulitis?

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Ever been stung by a flying insect? Ever had the affected limb swell? One of our colleagues recently heard a friend’s story that almost turned into a nightmare. Here’s the story: She was feeding her many animals (dogs, cats, horses, goats, etc.) when she felt a sting on he
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Do You Have Concerns About Your Local Hospital?

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We started reading an article in the September issue of Consumer Reports   entitled “How your hospital can make you sick“ (which is not California specific), and were reminded of another article, summarized below) about hospitals facing Medicare Readmission Penalties. So,
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The Future of State Run Health Insurance Exchanges Seems Grim

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Are you concerned about the viability of California’s health insurance exchange?   State healthcare exchanges plagued by high cost, low enrollment High costs and disappointing enrollment are plaguing some state-run health insurance markets, according to an Associated Press
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Reduced Health Insurance Premium Rates in California

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Have your health insurance premiums dropped?   According to a recent article in one of our industry newsletters, because those enrolling through California’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, were healthier than originally anticipated, and, therefore, a lower risk t
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Health Insurer Anthem on the Other Side of The News This Week

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Last week our post was about UnitedHealth acquiring Anthem…this week, Anthem is on the acquiring side: Health insurer Cigna rejects Anthem takeover bid  Health insurer Cigna Corp. has rejected a $47 billion offer to be acquired by Anthem, a larger rival, saying the terms of the
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UnitedHealth and Anthem in The News this Week

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Is your healthcare provider part of UnitedHealth or Anthem? If so, we recommend you pay close attention to this week’s news. UnitedHealth, Anthem Seek to Buy Smaller Rivals The two biggest U.S. health insurers by revenue, UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Anthem Inc., are seeking to b
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