New rules for health plans require clear summaries of benefits


By Patrick   Follow   Tue, 14 Feb 2012, 12:56am   483 views   2 comments
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  1. TPB


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    1   1:16pm Tue 14 Feb 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (2)  

    (fat goofy kid in the back raising his hand)

    If we are paying over $1600 a month for a family of 4 can we stop calling them "Benefits"?

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    2   10:55pm Tue 14 Feb 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)  

    From the article, which describes a hospital's response to an attorney who is suing for a $14k hospital bill that includes charges for medications that are 24x higher than they would be if purchased at a corner pharmacy:

    "In essence, defendant provides the unremarkable assertion that he can buy a pill cheaper at the hospital pharmacy or at a local CVS drug store than to have that same pill served by a technician, who is supervised by a nurse, who reports (to) the hall nursing supervisor, who reports to the director, and on up the chain of command. In addition, this pill will not be picked up to be taken at home, but rather is served in a room that is clean, maintained and supervised 24 hours a day, seven days a week," hospital attorneys said.

    http://dev.hamptonroads.com/2012/02/nc-high-court-hear-case-14k-hospital-bill

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