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Seniors Seek to Reduce Healthcare Costs as Premiums Increase Says MedicareSupplementPlans.com

Many seniors are analyzing and reducing their healthcare and insurance expenses during a hard-hitting economy. (Vocus) May 27, 2009 -- Health Net implemented an across-the-board increase in California Medicare supplement insurance plan premiums July 1, 2009, causing m...

New Benefit Plan Will Cut Premiums for Employees Who Stay Healthy and Fit

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) has introduced a wellness plan that will pay employees to enhance their health and fitness. It is believed to be the first program of its kind nationally among large healthcare providers. Employees will have ...

Skyrocketing Health-Care Costs Could Double Premiums for Many Americans

Report says waste, inefficiencies need to be cut out of system in coming years WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Unless health-care reform becomes a reality, most Americans can expect to pay health insurance premiums that will double by 2016, a new report claims. Left unchecked...

Skyocketing Health-Care Costs Could Double Premiums for Many Americans

Report says waste, inefficiencies need to be cut out of system in coming years WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Unless health-care reform becomes a reality, most Americans can expect to pay health insurance premiums that will double by 2016, a new report claims. Left unchecked...

2009 Medicare Part D Premiums to Rise Dramatically: Over 2 Million Low Income Beneficiaries At Risk

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 2 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries may face a disruption to their prescription drug coverage in January. Changes to the 2009 Medicare Part D plans will force low income beneficiaries to switch plans or face premiums they cannot afford or limit acce...

Yearly Premiums for Family Health Coverage Rise to $12,680 in 2008, Up 5 Percent, As Many Workers Also Face Higher Deductibles

Workers Pay An Average Of $3,354 Annually Toward Family Coverage, More Than Double What They Paid Nine Years Ago Growing Shares of Workers Now Face Deductibles Of At Least $1,000, Including More Than One-Third Of Those Covered By Smaller Firms WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/...

Health Insurance Premiums Skyrocket

Report finds premiums have jumped 30%, while incomes have only gone up 3% TUESDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- Employer-based health insurance premiums have skyrocketed at a pace that far exceeds the rate of American wage increases since 2000, a new study reveals. According to an a...

Average Medicare Prescription Drug Premiums to Rise 21%

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- If consumers stay put in their current Medicare prescription drug plans, the average beneficiary will see a 21% increase in their monthly premiums for 2008, says new analysis released by Avalere Health. Using newly released CMS data and its proprietary DataF...

Medicare Offers Smallest Rise in Premiums in 6 Years

Deductibles will climb, too, however MONDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare's standard monthly premium is rising to $96.40 in 2008 -- a 3.1 percent increase from 2007 and the smallest hike in six years, U.S. health officials announced on Monday. The increase is lower because th...

Federal Employee Program Maintains Low Health Premiums In 2008

Single-digit percentage increases prove value of Basic and Standard Options WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal employees and retirees can expect continuing reliability and value from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's (BCBSA) Government-wide Service Benefit Pla...
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan Battles Sluggish Economy With Diverse Product Lineup

...yer groups," said Rick Byrne, analyst at HealthLeaders-InterStudy. "For example, its Young Adult Blue product for buyers between ages 18 and 30 offers premiums as low as $47 a month." The report also finds that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan positioned itself to win new business from the auto makers wit...
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Can organic cropping systems be as profitable as conventional systems?

...pping," explains Joshua Posner, University of Wisconsin. With feed grade premiums the organic systems were more profitable than the Midwestern standards of c...s as profitable as the organic systems. And to our surprise, including risk premiums into the evaluation did not change the ranking of the systems. This study ...

Can organic cropping systems be as profitable as conventional systems?

...pping," explains Joshua Posner, University of Wisconsin. With feed grade premiums the organic systems were more profitable than the Midwestern standards of c...s as profitable as the organic systems. And to our surprise, including risk premiums into the evaluation did not change the ranking of the systems. This study ...

Color test enhances tomato analyzer software

... problem. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) "grades" are largely determined by the amount of off-color tissue in products, and growers can receive premiums for fruit based on color and uniformity. Discoloration due to YSD also reduces concentrations of nutrients such as lycopene and beta-carotene. Clearly...

More accurate FEMA flood maps could help avoid significant damages and losses

...ata, says a new report from the National Research Council. The benefits of more accurate flood maps will outweigh the costs, mainly because insurance premiums and building restrictions would better match the actual flood risks. Coastal region flood maps could also be improved by updating current models and ...

Need for federal protection against genetic discrimination

... eligibility, enrollment, or premium contribution requirements. Position 2: Insurance providers should be prohibited from establishing differential premiums based on an individuals genetic information or request for genetic screening. ACPs policy positions result from a March 2007 survey conducted by th...

More recycling on the farm could reduce environmental problems

...uman labor, which is costly, and may reduce output per unit area farmed. Pearson summarizes studies of organic farming suggesting, however, that price premiums could overcome this disadvantage, and points out that social benefits could be expected. Pearson argues that existing funding programs for farmers cou...
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Kendle Announces Departure of Senior Vice President and CFO Karl 'Buzz' Brenkert III; Appoints Keith A. Cheesman as Successor

... the senior management team for Ohio Casualty Corporation, a publicly traded U.S. property and casualty insurance provider with $1.5 billion in annual premiums and 2,100 employees across 20 U.S. locations. Cheesman rejoined Kendle in January 2008, assuming expanded leadership responsibilities as Vice Presiden...

Biopure Announces 2008 Second Quarter Financial Results

...se in spending on outside services. General and administrative expenses were $2.0 million for the second fiscal quarters of 2008 and 2007. Insurance premiums and occupancy costs decreased during the second fiscal quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007, and employee related costs and fees for co...

Interleukin Genetics Welcomes the Signing of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

...ic discrimination from employers and insurance companies by prohibiting insurers from denying coverage to an individual or charging that person higher premiums based solely on a genetic predisposition to developing a disease. The legislation also bans employers from using an employee's genetic information whe...

Gen-Probe Reports Strong Financial Results for First Quarter 2008, Raises Full-Year Guidance

...income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 8,608 8,273 Amortization of premiums on investments, net of accretion of discounts 1,735 1,052 Stock-based compensation charges ...

Gen-Probe Reports Strong Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2007

...et income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 34,159 27,496 Amortization of premiums on investments, net of accretion of discounts 4,576 3,204 Stock-based compensation charges 19,6...

Kaiser On Schedule With Epic's Epic Project

...ce with low co-payments and no deductibles. In some regions, however, Kaiser has been losing members to other HMOs and PPOs that offer employers lower premiums and more restricted services, Wiesenthal says. Now Kaiser plans to do the same thing. But the AMR project will have to be expanded, adding billing and...

Republicans criticize Doyles growth package

...n to raid the fund for $200 million to ease the states budget deficit. Technically, dollars in the fund do not belong to the state as they derive from premiums paid by physicians. The low-cost coverage provided by the fund reduces the amount of commercial malpractice insurance Wisconsin physicians need to pay...

Innovative health care takes more than just IT automation

... After a brief reprieve during the 1990s, healthcare again faces the vexing problem of rising healthcare costs with accompanying increases in premiums and out-of-pocket costs for consumers who are expecting better outcomes. For some time now clinical information technology has been seen as the so...

State tax compromises prove that partisanship can be set aside for a while

... in Doyle's original budget. Increase tax deductions for health insurance premiums paid by employees whose employers don't contribute toward their health insurance, and create a deduction for premiums for people who have no employer and no income from self-employment. The ded...

State initiative prepares Wisconsin IT systems for a disaster

...or CA , is to explain that the cost of planning is much lower than the cost of recovery. Alvarado also said insurance companies provide a discount on premiums to companies with a tested business continuity plan, and offer discounts for practices like using a dry extinguishing system, which reduces equipment ...
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