August 21, 2009 -- It’s a foregone conclusion these days that if any healthcare reform bill passes Congress this year it will end the practice of rejecting individuals for health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Until then, insurers are continuing to reject as usual.
Healthcare reform seems to be on everyone’s mind. There is a definite need to push through the morass and work toward real healthcare reform. The “fluff” or “pie in the sky” statements may sound wonderful as they flash across our television screens, but they really mean nothing. It’s time for action, not just posing for the media.
April 6, 2009 -- A growing number of Oregonians are discovering the cold hard facts about individual health insurance. For starters, it’s not guaranteed. Consistent with years past, one in five Oregonians who applied for coverage in 2008 were rejected for pre-existing conditions.
April 2, 2009 -- Having health insurance is no guarantee that cancer won't bankrupt you. Even people with insurance can run up large debts for cancer care, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
April 2, 2009 -- During the last economic bust, I got laid off and couldn't afford the monthly COBRA payments for my health insurance. I applied for an individual plan through Blue Cross.
March 26, 2009 -- The mainstream media dog-piled yesterday onto a story about the most recent lawsuit filed by the American Medical Association and other medical societies that accuses another insurance company — this time WellPoint, the nation's largest — of price-fixing.