Category Archives: Health Insurance

Plenty to fear about the deal between Michigan and Blue Cross

Michigan politicians have adopted a “nothing to see here” attitude in explaining away their mishandling of the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. But trust me, there is plenty to see — and fear. If you are a BCBSM policyholder, the Senate-adopted plan denies you dividends in the new mutual company and strips…

Free contraception for women, and other women’s health benefits, start today under the new healthcare law

Beginning today, up to 47 million women may be eligible to get free access to preventive health care services as that provision of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act goes into effect. Some of the services that will now be covered include: Well-woman visits, including an annual check-up for adult women to get recommended preventive…

Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld healthcare law.

Doctors limit new Medicare patients

Are you a soon-to-be retiring Baby Boomer and about to receive Medicare? Your chances at being able to see a doctor may just have decreased. “The number of doctors refusing new Medicare patients because of low government payment rates is setting a new high, just six months before millions of Baby Boomers begin enrolling in…

Insurance industry fights against “mental health parity” laws

Passed in 2008, mental health parity laws were supposed to end the disparate insurance coverage between physical illnesses and mental health issues.  For example, if a person has health insurance through their employer, that person may only have to pay a small copay to see a doctor for a checkup or illness.  However, if that…

Raymond A. Harris records radio program on the effects of healthcare reform on small business

Last night I recorded a radio show on the effects of the healthcare reform bill on small business. In a week or so, the show will be broadcast on and and will also be available in podcast format. Will also be syndicated to various local radio stations in Michigan.

Consumers Guide To Health Reform – Kaiser Health News

The link goes to the Kaiser website that lists comprehensive information on the health care reform.

New Government Disability Web Page Launched

The U.S. Department of Labor this week launched, a redesigned federal Web site that connects the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities to thousands of trusted resources on disability-related issues, programs and services. Formerly known as, the site has been completely redesigned and updated with new social media tools, such as a…

Medicaid v Private Insurance for the Poor Uninsured

This article attempts to explain the different arguments for expanding Medicaid to cover the poor uninsured versus providing vouchers for private insurance:

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