Brad Cain, for HealthLeaders News, December 5, 2007
A handful of articles have crossed my desk recently detailing a growing and somewhat troubling trend in workplace health benefits--one that could have long-term ramifications for the group and individual health plan market.
With a new and possibly more receptive governor in the wings, a group of healthcare executives has resurrected a proposal to divert money from the charity hospital system to a free-market model in which patients could present insurance cards to the doctor of their choice.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has threatenedto withhold state aid to help doctors and other medical professionals pay malpractice insurance unless lawmakers act on his proposal to expand state health insurance.
The Miami-Dade County Commission is to start negotiating with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, which may be willing to offer lower premiums or better coverage to residents than they have previously sold in exchange for the county’s seal of approval.
The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans proposed a wide-ranging set of recommendations intended to help control rising premiums and provide consumers with more information about why rates go up. The package includes ideas that seem intended to place the blame for...