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New rules for health plans require clear summaries of benefits

By Patrick (352/352 = 100% civil)   2012 Feb 13, 4:56pm   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   737 views   2 comments   watch (0)   share   quote  

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-na-insurers-plan-language-20120210,0,5938590.story?source=patrick.net

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1   TPB   2012 Feb 14, 5:16am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

(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"?

2   elliemae   2012 Feb 14, 2:55pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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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