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Feeling the HIT from Taxes and Mandates

Vacation season is here. A time of year when we get away from the grind and make memories with family. It gives us a chance to breathe and refresh before we return to our daily lives and get back to work.

Likewise, a federal tax that has a big impact on health care costs has been on vacation. Unfortunately, it came back, and health care consumers are about to feel the hit.

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Navigating Medicare Eligibility

The day you turn 65 is one of the most important milestones in terms of your health. Sure, it’s not as exciting as the day you became eligible for a driver’s license, but 65 does mean a new kind of eligibility: Medicare! continue reading →

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This Quiet Revolution Is Turning Health Care Upside Down

I spent 25 years practicing medicine as a cardiologist. During that time, I liked to believe that my patients listened when I recommended they lose weight or quit smoking, took their medications as prescribed, and for all intents and purposes, followed doctor’s orders.

As a physician, I liked to believe I was having an impact on the lives of my patients. And many times, I was. But I’ve been on the other side of the equation for a little more than 10 years now, and one of the things I’ve learned as a health plan CEO is that it’s often what happens outside the doctor’s office that has the biggest impact on a person’s health.

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The Ins and Outs of Out-of-Area Health Coverage

The Ins and Outs of Out-of-Area Health Coverage

With spring and summer breaks right around the corner, there’s a good chance you and your family will fly the coop in the not too distant future. While no one likes to think of getting sick or injured on vacation (believe me, I know!), it’s important to know the details of your health care coverage, should the need arise. continue reading →

Hey Naysayers, This Health Care Program Is a Huge Success

There’s no shortage of critics lining up to lambaste our nation’s health care system. And I’ll admit, I’ve often been first in line. But amidst the noise and rhetoric swirling over things like high-cost drugs and a lack of affordable coverage, one health care program is proving to be a huge success.

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