Hearsay & News Review
MultiPlan (which owns PHCS)
has announced that it is acquiring Viant (Preferred Payment Systems, Texas True
). The transaction is expected to close before year end.
Balances in Health Savings
Accounts averaged about $960 for single coverage and $1,720 for family coverage
in the first quarter of 2009 according to
based Canopy Financial. The average employer contribution to those accounts was
$113 individual and $266 for family coverage when employers contributed. The
monthly average employee contribution was $116 for individuals and $239 for
eHealth has released results
of an ongoing survey of those consumers shopping on-line for individual health
insurance policies. So far, over 1500 consumers have responded to the survey. Of
those, 38.8% were uninsured. In that group, 38% were between the ages of 18 and
34. The average uninsured person was
a single woman between the ages of 25 and 44 with a college degree and a
full-time job, with half of those earning between $30,000 and $75,000 per year.
Another survey of individual buyers of health insurance showed that 62% bought
through an agent, with most citing the need to better understand the options
A new analysis from Hewitt
reveals that COBRA enrollments have doubled since the
government enacted a new subsidy for COBRA. With unemployment rates at their
highest in over 25 years, more than 14 million workers are now eligible for the
subsidy which leaves workers responsible for only 35% of their COBRA premium.
A UBA study of over 12,000
employers shows that CDHPs grew at a rate of 33.9% this past year and now cover
more employees (15.4%) than HMOs (13.6%). PPO plans have nearly 2/3 of the
enrollment and indemnity fee for service plans are all but extinct, with only
0.4% of employees enrolled. The average employee contribution in that survey was
$105 per month for single coverage and $419 for family coverage.
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A survey by
freemarkethealthcare of 1200 employers showed that 90% offer insurance to
full-time employees. 95% of employers surveyed oppose a government designed
mandatory program. Eighty-eight percent also oppose expanding Medicare as a
Just for a little more
perspective in the national health care reform debate which is now being
switched to insurance reform: Those of us familiar with the business of
insurance know that insurance costs are a merely a reflection of the claims
costs. There was very little (if anything) in HR 3200 that would actually lower
the cost of claims. There was much that would increase costs. But what about
costs? For instance, someone with whom we are very close to was recently in an
auto accident in the western suburbs of
. After an ambulance ride to the hospital and a few X-rays, the person was
released in less than 3 hours. The hospital bill was for over $21,000. Why?
Perhaps because they knew the auto insurance would pay the bill?
Have a safe Labor Day weekend!