Health Insurance http://wrkf.org en Insurance, Not Injuries, May Determine Who Goes To Trauma Centers http://wrkf.org/post/insurance-not-injuries-may-determine-who-goes-trauma-centers When private hospitals transfer patients who don't have insurance to public hospitals, it's called "patient dumping." But a study from Stanford University <a href="http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1828520">published Wednesday</a> suggests a twist: Hospitals, it seems, are <em>less</em> likely to transfer critically injured patients to trauma centers if the patients have health insurance.<p>Researchers at Stanford University looked at more than 4,500 trauma cases at 636 hospitals around the country to see what happened to critically injured patients who were brought to eme Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:33:30 +0000 Sarah Varney 22803 at http://wrkf.org Insurance, Not Injuries, May Determine Who Goes To Trauma Centers Physician Prescribes Telemedicine, Pill-Splitting to Cut Costs for Patients http://wrkf.org/post/physician-prescribes-telemedicine-pill-splitting-cut-costs-patients <p>Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, a primary care physician at Louisiana Family Medicine in Baton Rouge, says a good doctor-patient relationship can also reduce the cost of care.</p><p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 18553 at http://wrkf.org White House Releases Long-Awaited Rules On Mental Health http://wrkf.org/post/white-house-releases-long-awaited-rules-mental-health The Obama administration delivered on a long-delayed health care promise when it issued rules to ensure equal health insurance treatment for people who have problems with mental health or need treatment for substance abuse.<p>The rules, <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/11/20131108b.html">issued</a> Friday, require that most health insurance plans offer the same amount of coverage for mental health and substance abuse claims as they do for medical and surgical coverage.<p>That means insurers can't charge someone more for mental health services than for other services. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 18584 at http://wrkf.org White House Releases Long-Awaited Rules On Mental Health Insurance Firms Forced To Cancel Many Individual Policies http://wrkf.org/post/insurance-firms-forced-cancel-many-individual-policies More than 12 million Americans buy health insurance on their own, and many are getting cancellation notices because their individual coverage does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is causing anxiety and anger — especially since most of these people can't get onto the healthcare.gov website to figure out their options for 2014. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:02:00 +0000 Richard Knox 18385 at http://wrkf.org Insurance Agent Recommends Paper Form Over Exchange Website http://wrkf.org/post/insurance-agent-recommends-paper-form-over-exchange-website <p>Since it launched Oct. 1, the online portal for the health insurance marketplace required by the Affordable Care Act has been plagued with glitches. It's been hard to find anyone who's been able to enroll for an insurance plan at Healthcare.gov yet.</p><p>Insurance broker Phil Muscarello says agents can help consumers fill out a paper application instead. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pjmi.com">www.pjmi.com</a>.</p><p></p><p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:47:00 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 17958 at http://wrkf.org Insurance Agent Provides Affordable Care Act Bullet Points to Clients http://wrkf.org/post/insurance-agent-provides-affordable-care-act-bullet-points-clients <p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">While politicians continue to wrangle over the roll-out of the federal Affordable Care Act, families and individuals are grappling with what it means for them. </span></p><p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">&nbsp; </span> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:18:10 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 9626 at http://wrkf.org