Highlights from the Blue National Summit 2017

At this week’s Blue Cross Blue Shield National Summit, where Blues plans (along with their vendors/ partners) gather to learn from each other, the theme was “Navigating Change.” One of the keynote sessions featured former Governor and former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and former Senator Tom Daschle providing their perspectives on how to navigate proposed… Read More

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High-Risk Pools: The Past, Present, and Future

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurers can’t raise individual premiums based on factors such as health status, gender, or previous medical claims. But some of the more recent discussions by Congressional Republicans have centered around the possibility of allowing states to request waivers for this portion of the law. To get such a waiver,… Read More

Know the signs of a stroke

Would you know if you were having a stroke?

Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone has a stroke, making it the third leading cause of the death in the U.S. Do you know the signs of stroke? Would you be able to help yourself or a loved one in the event of a stroke? May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to… Read More

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Trouble sleeping? Try these tips for better sleep.

A bad night’s sleep can make the next day brutal. No one likes being tired. Just a quick look at energy drink and caffeine consumption in this country would support that. According to the National Center for Complementary and  Integrative Health, next to multivitamins, energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by American… Read More

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Just what is a 1332 waiver under the Affordable Care Act?

As the Trump administration pushes for more flexibility and innovation at the state level, Section 1332 (State Innovation Waivers) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now uniquely relevant. The waivers, with a first potential initial effective date of January 1, 2017, enable each state to adapt ACA requirements for their residents’ specific needs. But… Read More

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Market stabilization update

Back in mid-February – which already seems like a long time ago – with newly appointed HHS secretary Tom Price only a few days into his new position, CMS released its first Trump-era notice of proposed rulemaking. Meant to shore up the individual insurance market while the longer-term fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)… Read More

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The joys and health benefits of owning a pet

Studies show that when kids have pets, they benefit emotionally and physically (especially little boys). But it’s not just children whose well-being is enhanced by the presence of a furry family friend. Research backs up our instinct that the presence of a pet — with their cavorting that cracks you up, their unconditional love, and your… Read More

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9 reasons walking is good for your mind, body and mood

The weather is warming up across the country, so it’s a great time to get outside and start walking. Whether you’re already in good shape or want to get there, walking is a great addition to everyone’s day for the countless benefits it provides to your health. Here are just a few:   Improve and… Read More

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Healthcare Reform Post-AHCA Webinar Summary

If you missed this week’s webinar “Healthcare Reform Post-AHCA — What Happens Now?” you can find a summary of key questions below. For the full Q & A, you can listen to the recorded version of the discussion. At a high level, the talk centered around three central ideas: The consensus seems to be that… Read More

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