Some in congress cannot have it both ways

Great opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. Essential health benefits and other mandates are what is drive up medical insurance costs. Why not get creative and offer plans that do not cover everything under the sun? If an individual that is young and healthy wants to make an […]

By |March 16th, 2018|Categories: All|Tags: |

Email do you answer too quickly?

In the age of email we never give this a second thought. Email comes in and we respond. But this could also be taking a good amount of time away from many other tasks we do daily. It also could increase stress across our workday. Something we need more […]

By |March 13th, 2018|Categories: All|Tags: |

New Medicare Cards

Soon our Medicare beneficiaries will be receiving new Medicare cards that do not have their Social Security numbers on them as their ID number. Be aware of scammers! You might get a call stating there is a cost to get your new card. There is NOT they are free!

By |March 12th, 2018|Categories: All|Tags: |

Cigna is close to purchasing Express Scripts

After the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there has been major consolidation in the industry since 2015.

Health insurer Cigna plans to buy Express Scripts in a cash-and-stock deal worth $52 billion, excluding debt, that the companies say will expand their health care offerings [...]</p></div></div><div style=

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: All|Tags: |

Medicare double that of non-medicare households

Average Medicare households health-related expenses are more than twice as large as non-Medicare households. Is that due to the age of the beneficiary or is there more?

By |March 6th, 2018|Categories: All|Tags: |

Cost Sharing Reductions could make a comeback

There are discussions on the hill to bring back the Cost Sharing Reductions. Last year they were eliminated which resulted in a spike in premiums just before individual enrollment time.

GOP eyes budget maneuver to pay for ObamaCare funds

By |March 2nd, 2018|Categories: All|Tags: |

Not everyone will join an Association Health Plan

A recent study suggests that not everyone will join an association health plan. That being said there are estimates that over 3 million people will be leaving the marketplace which will increase premiums even further for those who stay.

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By |March 1st, 2018|Categories: All|Tags: |

Don’t make these costly Medicare Mistakes

The information provided in this link should be of interest if you are anyone you know is going to be turning 65 and enrolling into Medicare. It is a very different world.

By |February 23rd, 2018|Categories: All|Tags: |

What Medicare can learn from Netflix

Up-coding and the games that are played on the provider end are a huge issue. This article goes into detail about a suggestion about having a contest to modify the current risk adjustment model that could save the county tens of billions a year in coding gimmicks.

By |February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Reform News|Tags: |

Live Well, Work Well Newsletter – August 2017

Health and wellness tips for your work and life —
presented by Stark Associates Insurance Agency

Prevent Heat Illness

There were 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These preventable […]

By |August 7th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: |