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Self-insurer Walmart flies its sick employees to out-of-state specialists to avoid local price-gougers

Walmart self-insures its workforce, rather than relying on an outside insurer like Cigna or Blue Cross; this means that it gets to make judgment calls that other firms cannot, and that has led the retail giant to a pretty weird place: for certain procedures that it believes to be overused by local hospitals, it flies its employees (even front-line, low-waged employees) to see the nation's top specialists in out-of-state facilities where they receive "concierge, white-glove care that was reserve...
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Blue Cross insurers in N Carolina, Oregon to mix leadership

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers on both U.S. coasts will invest jointly in high-cost management technology and share insights into improving health care in a long-term agreement that will leave the companies as separate entities. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health Solutions said Tuesday […]
Tags: Health, Business, News, Nation, Portland Oregon, Northwest, Blue Cross, Raleigh, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cambia Health Solutions, N Carolina Oregon, Two Blue Cross Blue Shield


Podcast: Talking Parity and Advocacy with Patrick Kennedy

 Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy joins our hosts to talk about mental health and addiction parity, both at the federal and state levels. He shares information about new initiatives, dontdenyme.org and parityregistry.org, designed to help consumers file appeals on their own, if they feel they’ve been wrongly denied coverage by their insurance companies. They speak candidly about the problems faced with regard to parity by those who live with mental health or addiction issues. And fin...
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Accused of Charging Employers Hidden Fees

Blue Cross Blue Shield Accused of Charging Employers Hidden Fees The post Blue Cross Blue Shield Accused of Charging Employers Hidden Fees appeared first on Legal Reader.
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