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Blue Cross And Blue Shield To Offer ID Protection Services

AP | Posted 07.15.2015 | Technology

The services — which include credit monitoring, fraud detection and fraud resolution — will be available to eligible members for as long as they have a Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance policy.

How to Fund Obamacare? Gimmicks Like a Tanning Tax Are Not the Answer

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

If Obamacare is here to stay, funding for it must be addressed. The Obama administration can't use gimmicks like a tanning tax to distract from who is really going to pay for this law: policyholders who will see the cost of their insurance skyrocket.

Jonathan Cohn

Why Obamacare Premiums Will Probably Rise More Quickly Next Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

Premiums in the the Affordable Care Act’s new marketplaces rose more slowly in 2014 and 2015 than initial projections had suggested they would. ...

Court Case Shows How Health Insurers Rip off You and Your Employer

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

You might want to suggest that your employer look into this. It's possible, maybe even likely, that your health insurer has been ripping off both you and your employer -- to the tune of several million dollars every year -- for decades.

Why Health Insurers May Be Destined to Follow Blockbuster Into Irrelevance

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Remember Blockbuster? In its heyday -- which wasn't so long ago -- Blockbuster had 60,000 employees and 9,000 locations. For most Americans, for a minute anyway, it was the place to rent a movie.

Health Insurers' Stock Soars as They Dump Small Business Customers

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Among those who apparently have not yet benefited much at all, at least so far, are owners of small businesses who would like to keep offering coverage to their employees but can no longer afford it. They can't afford it because insurers keep jacking their rates up so high every year that more and more of them are dropping employee health benefits altogether.

Insurers Spending Cash, Spreading Fear In High-Stakes California Showdown

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As I predicted two months ago, California voters have been bombarded by a group with a consumer-friendly name warning that a vote for a ballot initiative tomorrow would allow "one politician" to "interfere" with their health care treatment options.

Improving the 'Patient Experience' By Eliminating the Big Insurance Company

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

Employers are starting to realize that insurers might not be, as they have claimed, "part of the solution" to achieving a more patient-centered health care system. In fact, in some ways they have been part of the problem.

Big Insurance Companies Won't Be Big Insurance Companies Much Longer. Here's Why

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

What Boeing is doing represents a seismic shift in health care financing and delivery that potentially will have more far-reaching effects than Obamacare, primarily because it is coming from the private sector, not the government.

Why I Will Not Buy Another Honda

Ira Israel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Business
Ira Israel

Brand loyalty is a commodity; making customers feel valued is an integral part of doing business in the new economy (in most economies, really) -- particularly when it is always possible to find competitive prices on the Internet.

Waiting to Live: Fighting an Insurance Company for a Life-Saving Surgery

Kirsten Palladino | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Kirsten Palladino

I have a responsibility to myself and to my family to strive for living. And I believed that my insurance company had a responsibility to honor the comprehensive plan my self-employed wife and I have been earnestly shelling out hundreds of dollars for on a monthly basis.

Jeffrey Young

These Health Insurance Companies Are Winning At Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

A central promise of Obamacare was to spur competition between insurance companies to drive down health care costs and give consumers more choices. Th...

The Real Reasons Insurers Are Canceling Policies

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you relied on the Washington media for your news and information about health care, you'd think that insurance companies would never have considered sending policy discontinuation notices to their policyholders until forced to do so by Obamacare.

Health Insurers Prepare For Obamacare Shoppers

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business

MORRISVILLE, N.C. -- Just down from the Target and Gander Mountain big-box stores and between a nail salon and dental office, North Carolina's largest...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Gets A Big Boost

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business

Walgreens and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association are joining forces to promote enrollment in health coverage under President Barack Obama's he...

The Higher Health Insurers' Claim Denial Rate, the Higher the CEO Pay

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When you're shopping for health insurance, wouldn't it be great if you could find out every insurer's claim denial rate? And how much each one spent on lobbying and advertising -- and how much they paid their CEO?

How Your Bad Diet Weighs On Your Job Review

MarketWatch | Jen Wieczner | Posted 02.27.2013 | Small Business

Your company already knows whether you’ve been taking your meds, getting your teeth cleaned and going for regular medical checkups. Now some employe...

Health Insurers 'Scared To Death' By Prospect Of Romney Victory

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 12.28.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — You'd think health insurance CEOs would be chilling the bubbly with Republican Mitt Romney's improved election prospects, but inst...

Worried About Profits, Insurers Launch Propaganda Campaign to Scare Consumers Away From Important ObamaCare Provisions

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Among the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act are those that try to get us back to something close to the good old days of community rating.

HuffPost Reader Rejoices After ACA Ruling: 'Thank God! My Son Has A Future'

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

When Jackie Davis' son, now 25, was first diagnosed with juvenile diabetes ten years ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield told her he would be uninsurable. For...

Don't Be Fooled By the Big Insurance Companies

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Goodwill gestures aren't enforceable when you're sick. Insurance companies can't be trusted to behave as good actors unless laws are on the books to prevent them from being bad actors.

Insurers Laying the Groundwork to Remove Consumer Protections if Mandate in Obamacare Is Tossed

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The worst-case scenario for insurers is if the high court strikes down the provision of the law requiring us to buy coverage (the so-called individual mandate), but allows the law's important consumer protections to go forward.

Health Insurer CEOs' Big Paychecks Are Latest Target of Outraged Shareholders

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Wendell Potter

During all of my years of helping plan Cigna shareholder meetings, we had an unblemished string of non-events. Relatively few of the big-profit insurers have had to cope with contentious shareholder meetings. Those days are over.

Final Wave Of Blue Cross Workers Heading To Ren Cen

AP | Posted 01.17.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is moving another 125 workers into the nonprofit health insurer's new offices in the Renaissance Center ...

Recycling a Front Group to Cheat Us Out of Benefits

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The insurance industry last month brought the Health Benefits Coalition out of storage. It is now the Essential Health Benefits Coalition, and its goal is to allow insurers and employers to continue selling policies that are swelling the ranks of the underinsured.