While business owners may not be able to control or predict the future of health care, many are turning to wellness programs to improve employee health and reduce risks. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed (64 percent) offer some form of wellness benefit to their employees. Among businesses that offer wellness benefits, 32 percent have experienced lower health insurance costs. Business owners report wellness programs have contributed in other ways:
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Celticare Health Plan CeltiCare Health Plan Receives NCQA Accreditation
About CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts Founded in 2009, Boston-based CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts is a managed care organization that provides high-quality, cost-effective health insurance to Massachusetts residents. CeltiCare is committed to helping its members achieve better health outcomes by providing high-quality benefits, services and wellness education. Backed by parent company Centene Corporation, CeltiCare offers a new form of local managed care that is tailored to the needs of Massachusetts’ progressive healthcare system.
Study Finds Premium Support Plan Could Raise Medicare Premiums In Many Parts of Country
The study modeled the impact of a generic version of premium support, under which beneficiaries would receive a defined subsidy, or voucher, to buy health insurance in a competitive market instead of getting a guaranteed set of benefits as Medicare has traditionally provided. That payment would be tied to the second lowest cost plan offered in an area or traditional Medicare, whichever is lower. This kind of a change is a central part of the House Republican budget written by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, now the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate, and it has also been embraced by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Even a few Democrats have flirted with such a plan as a way to leverage market efficiency to rein in the spiraling cost of Medicare.
Romney health plan would cost US, group says
If and when in the distant future we feel a need to enroll in Tricare and take advantage of the benefits I earned while serving, we will, but as of now we both feel it is more important that we don’t and let those who honestly need it be able to have it. We have discussed this several times and when we hit Medicare age we would then use it. For now we just don’t need it. Why take from a system we really do not need to take from? To us that isn’t fair to those who actually need it. We both make more than enough money to fund our own way. We both take good care of ourselves and are in perfect health. We both have successful companies and are not hurting financially. A simple principle to our life is self sufficiency and saving intelligently for a rainy day, not rely on others to pay our way when we can provide for ourselves. Even though we could have afforded a much larger and more expensive house and cars we didn’t feel it was necessary. The more people take the less their is to give. We have tens of thousands of vets who need the most from those programs and for us to take from it means less to them. I recently read a story about a soldier who needed a powered wheelchair and the one thing that was holding it up is the cost. So some private donors stepped up to the plate and got this wounded warrior what he needed. They also renovated his house for him so he could get around it easier. This guy served and sacrificed but the gov couldn’t take full care of him because of cost. Stories like this formed our decisions. Our country is broke in case you haven’t heard already. When I enlisted in 1983 I did it for the love of my country and not to squeeze every nickle and dime I could from it. I certainly did benefit greatly from my time served thru education and opportunities provided to me. That doesn’t mean I feel ill will towards those of you who do use your military medical benefits (Tricare, DEERS, and VA), you earned it. For us it isn’t necessary yet.
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Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.
Some schools, authorities may quit state health plan
What prompted the quest for a new insurance provider is a decision by the state that’s boosting the employer’s share of monthly premiums by $150 this year and by the same amount in each of the next two years, Jones reported. If a school district or authority opts out of SHBP, their current retirees would stay in the plan. Newly hired workers, though, would not have that coverage.
Trinity Health plans merger with Pennsylvania health system
“To serve people best in today’s health care environment, health systems must have ready access to resources and ideas across the broad spectrum of care, and this consolidation would help us achieve that goal with an exceptional national network,” Trinity Health President and CEO Joseph Swedish said. “We are excited about the benefits our combined organizations will bring to people and communities nationwide.”
Priority Health wins Michigan benchmark health plan competition for model plan on state insurance exchange
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2013 Medicare Changes: Some Plans Covering More Mental
For example, plans now may choose to cover benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that includes Valium and is used to treat anxiety and insomnia, and certain barbiturates such as those used to treat chronic mental disorders. Those drugs in the past were excluded from Part D and were typically covered out of pocket.
AMA report acknowledges Harkin Law repeal effort stalled by AOA
“Optometry rallied as never before to become a force in the battle over national health care reform and the AOA-backed patient access provisions included in the new law clearly show it,” said Ron Hopping, O.D., M.P.H. “The simple fact is that whether anti-optometry groups like it or not, millions more Americans will gain access to their local optometrist because the new federal law we fought for will target the discriminatory practices of health plans.”