November 2, 2013 |
John A. Powell, 69, of New Hope and Naples, Fla., an insurance company executive, died Thursday, Oct. 24, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a nursing facility in North Wales. Mr. Powell cofounded American Travellers Corp. and built it into a major player in long-term-care insurance. He took the company public before selling it to Conseco Inc. in 1996. "He was a self-made man," said daughter Krysten Powell. Born and raised in Fishtown and a graduate of Mastbaum Technical High School, Mr. Powell started out in the insurance business by training with the family-owned Powell Agency in 1961.
November 1, 2013 |
IT'S BEEN KIND of appalling to watch this slow-motion train wreck of lousy Obamacare news coverage, but this week the Los Angeles Times has a good reality check of what's really going on with those canceled policies that have been getting so much attention. The bottom line is that many of these policies are, quote, "health insurance," not health insurance. The Times noted that these plans are what Consumer Reports earlier this year called "junk health insurance" - coverage that costs less than $100 a month because it pays for very little.
October 31, 2013
IT'S laughable how people, mostly Republicans, are spending so much time making a big deal about the ease of (or lack of) signing up for the health plan. OK, there are some issues; what's being lost is how eager people are to get some coverage. Then the Republicans tried to spin the registry issues, like, "Obamacare doesn't work. " In reality, the issues with registration just underscore the fact of so many people in need of coverage. The Republicans keep talking about delaying the rollout.
October 23, 2013 |
Peter L. Gualtieri listened carefully Monday as President Obama defended the Affordable Care Act against its critics. He was troubled by what he did not hear. "The president never once mentioned brokers or agents," Gualtieri said. "He talked about the 1-800 number, the online websites, the navigators, but never once brokers. It was a little disheartening. " As president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Health Underwriters, Gualtieri might be forgiven for having a somewhat narrow focus while listening to Obama's address about the rocky launch of ACA's online health-insurance marketplaces.
October 20, 2013 |
Gail Thomas can count on one hand the number of times she's been to the doctor in recent years. The 63-year-old Willingboro woman considers herself healthy. But two years ago, she ended up in the hospital for 22 days. She was dehydrated and feeling poorly. The doctors ran test after test, but the cause is "still a mystery to this day," Thomas said. It was the first time she'd she'd been in the hospital since giving birth to her son, who is now 29. "The hospital bill was over $200,000 and I didn't have any insurance," said Thomas, who was already retired by then.
October 18, 2013 |
HARRISBURG Gov. Corbett signed legislation Wednesday extending the state's health insurance program for children and eliminating a six-month waiting period before they can join. The law extends through 2015 the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the two-decade-old effort that provides health insurance to all children who need it. Under the law, $8 million from the 2013-14 budget will fund the addition of roughly 9,000 children to the program and pay for an advertising campaign to reach an estimated 145,000 uninsured children statewide.
October 5, 2013 |
Accessing Healthcare.gov was better Thursday - but not for everyone. "Nothing" was what Kate Kozeniewski found when she logged on to the government's new website for purchasing health insurance. "When I log on, I make it to the point where it asks the security questions, and then it says there is an error in the system," said Kozeniewski, program coordinator with the Philadelphia-based Resources for Human Development (RHD), which is providing health insurance enrollment assistance in 10 counties in Pennsylvania.
October 3, 2013 |
Aetna Inc.'s rates for Southeastern Pennsylvania on the new federal health-insurance exchange - which stumbled into life Tuesday, tripped up by a too-high volume of potential customers in the early going - are higher across the board than those offered by Independence Blue Cross. Experts cautioned that consumers must assess the details when comparing health-insurance plans and that the size of the hospital and physician network, the level of co-pays for a doctor's visit, and other factors can have a significant impact on monthly premiums.
October 2, 2013 |
For Independence Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Tuesday's arrival of a government-mandated health insurance marketplace marks a major pivot toward insurance plans for individuals. IBC estimated that from 500,000 to 600,000 people in Philadelphia and the four surrounding Pennsylvania counties could shop for insurance on the federal exchange, either because they have no insurance now or are likely to shop on the exchange for other reasons. That represents a huge business opportunity, but it won't happen overnight.
September 30, 2013 |
Last month I met Michael, who works as a trainer at a Center City gym. He asked me what to do about getting care for a sore wrist that he worried was broken. While I spend a lot of time thinking about "the uninsured" in my job, when faced with a real uninsured person, I was momentarily frozen. I asked him a number of questions. Michael works two jobs - he is a waiter as well as a trainer - recently returned to college, and, at age 23, lives at home with his mother and sisters.