Category Archives: Finance

The Perils of Out-of-Pocket Health Costs – WSJ.com

The good news:  once Obamacare kicks in, out of pocket health costs will be capped at about 6 K for individuals and 12 K for families.  The bad news:  you could still end up in bankrupcty if you don’t have that kind of money.  But I believe most hospitals and health care providers can put you on an extended payment plan.

The Perils of Out-of-Pocket Health Costs – WSJ.com.

Big Banks Are Even Bigger Five Years After The Financial Crisis | ThinkProgress

Marching forward in the new Gilded Age where the banks get bigger and bigger, even as they outsource more jobs to other nations…

Big Banks Are Even Bigger Five Years After The Financial Crisis | ThinkProgress.

The Insane World of Health Care Pricing

The money-shot quote from this article:

Francois de Brantes, executive director at the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, said high-deductible plans are exerting a Trojan horse effect, “awakening the general public and individual plan members to the absolutely insane way in which health care prices are being set today and in which health care services are being paid for today.”

via The Pulse on Health Care Pricing | 2013-09-15 | Workforce.com.

Virginia universities cut staff hours due to Obama health law – World Socialist Web Site

Ahhh, the unintended consequences of change…

Virginia universities cut staff hours due to Obama health law – World Socialist Web Site.

More High-Deductible Plan Members Can’t Pay Hospital Bills – Capsules – The KHN Blog

Shocking news:  providers and hospitals suffer when everyone has high deductible health plans and little cash on hand to pay the bills.

More High-Deductible Plan Members Can’t Pay Hospital Bills – Capsules – The KHN Blog.

Your doctor copays are too high! – Salon.com

Adam Gaffney serves us a dose of high-deductible health plan education straight-up.

Your doctor copays are too high! – Salon.com.

ODI: Health insurance premiums to increase 41 percent | wkyc.com

Then again, maybe not.

ODI: Health insurance premiums to increase 41 percent | wkyc.com.

Wisconsin Hospitals Make Cuts Due to Sequestration, High Deductible Health Plans

Just pointing out the obvious here:  when people don’t seek health care because their deductible is too high, they are effectively blocked from getting the care they need.  And also, the economy suffers.

 

Sequester, high deductible insurance leads to Ministry staff cuts – News – WSAU News/Talk 550AM 99.9FM.

Rhode Islands Scary State Treasurer – Forbes

Just what kind of fees are we paying in Rhode Island under the current treasurer’s “alternative” investments?

Rhode Islands Scary State Treasurer – Forbes.

What If You Use Your Health Savings Debit Card For Take-Out? – Forbes

…And don’t accidentally use that HSA debit card for something else, or you’ll be sorry. Read on.

What If You Use Your Health Savings Debit Card For Take-Out? – Forbes.

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