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"health insurer" Discussed on Startuprad.io - Startup Podcast from Germany
"Your insurance everything is regulated by boffin. People still need this branding aspect I was. I was curious what you're a two questions i You said he got a media deal from porzingis at against their private tv station based in meaning down there they run some of the privately owned at tv stations here in germany Some of the big ones and personally. I appearance that i watch less and less and less linear tv as it is called since i do have to use streaming apps on my tv so one question would be how the also see not like in terms of numbers but like in. Did you also see a decline of the importance off tv as a marketing channel here in germany surprising for myself because at the beginning of the autobahn voyage I was even quoted as saying you know we're not gonna do tv commercials you know. We gotta be facebook google. Whatever the ads as we've learned as you need to do both simply spoken and the power of tv is still much bigger than we all think so especially by the way doing copay times. Everybody was watching. Tv linear tv. Now a personally i was. I'm like you. I would say well. I have netflix amazon prime and disney at home. So i'm not gonna watch. I'm not to what free tv i think. Watch to be the night..
"health insurer" Discussed on Startuprad.io - Startup Podcast from Germany
"You're watching this all listening to this. Make sure to hit the likened. Subscribe button this time. I do have a fulop into you because back in the days in twenty seventeen i did. The work premiered the first english interview of a newly founded all digital health. Insurer called to nova and since we have a lot to talk to. This episode is running a little bit longer than usual more than forty minutes. So guys get a snack and get a beverage in. Enjoy the interview this time. I have the founder hereafter approximately four years to do full up man. How you doing great. I'm happy to be here to follow up with his story from four years ago. I vividly remember that has said a Let's next year for up. Well it took four years but nonetheless we made a follow up kept the promise so that's totally fine. There is typical for health insurance or insurance as an industry thinks take a bit longer than in other industries even reduce startup totally true. We get to talk about this Fritz wants to make one thing clear. You're not an inch company. You are a fully licensed health insurance company. Meaning you take the risk on your own books and you're not an insurance broker or something. I absolutely rare full stack insurer..
Stolen password leads to loan company hack
"Citywide home loans. Which lends money in. The united states is now notifying people that it was. The victim of ransomware and data theft attack in november information on a number of employees and customers was copied according to letters filed with several states and attacker got hold of employees log in credentials for the company's virtual private network. It isn't explained how that happened. One possibility is vpn. Software was hacked in the past twelve months. The software of corporate vp ends of at least two manufacturers have been cracked to expose user names and passwords. These are being sold on criminal websites. There have been many warnings so. It administrators recently to install the latest vpn security updates and have users changed passwords in order to fight this other possibilities. Are the loan company. Employees password was guessed or they were tricked into revealing it no matter the method experts say the proper use of multi factor. Authentication is a good way to add extra protection to log ins now. The next to items take a bit of explaining so please be patient organisations. Worry that personal data of customers and employees can be violated in two ways through a hacked by outsiders or abuse by an insider but who is an insider an employee for sure but it also includes employees of partner contractor or supplier firms with data access and as an article this week on the new site data breaches dot net points out. It can also include the subcontractors of contractors the author gave the following example. An american health insurance provider fought risk management software and services from firm. Alcohol company to this firm subcontracted some work to affirm call company three one of company threes employees with access to the insurers data had aside business training people how to do data coating. This person was using the insurance company's data for training material with those people without permission so unapproved people. We're seeing patient data. That's the data breach so far just under one thousand people have been notified. Their personal and medical data may have been involved. This incident raises a number of questions. Why didn't the insurance provider anonymous is. The data sent to company too so the risk of compromise was if that wasn't possible. Why didn't company to anonymous the data. That was by company three. What other security measures could have been used to prevent company three employees from seeing real data and did the health insurer realize all the risk it was taking opening. Its data to several companies as the author notes organizations can force employees of contractors and subcontractors to sign business associated agreements the cover the proper data handling and privacy however compliance with those agreements has to be regularly policed. Finally crooks have been manipulating the results of search engines like google for years to spread malware. The idea is to get a high result of a search to be an infected website. A security company sophos said this week it recently found a gang using one of those techniques. Not only for spreading viruses but also ransomware. It works like this. You ask the search engine to find the answer to a specific question that the crooks think people are likely to want answered high up on the list of returns our links to what looks like legitimate companies. Click on a link and you go to a forum with a message that offers a file downloading with the answer to the question. Download that file and you get like similar. Search engine scams crook start by secretly placing code on the websites of unsuspecting companies. So their site will call them up high enough. Search that fools people because they'll trust legitimate-looking web address in one example. The report says the question was do. I need a party wall agreement to sell my house. The first on the list of search engine responses was the website of canadian medical practice underneath. That address was linked to do. I need a party wall agreement to sell my house.
UnitedHealth names former Glaxo CEO Witty to lead company
"The United States largest health insurer is getting a new leader health insurance company UnitedHealth group is promoting Andrew ready to become the providers next CEO when he was promoted to company president twenty nineteen and before that was running the Optum segment which operates one of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit managers as well as a growing number of clinics he took a leave of absence from Optum last spring to help lead the World Health Organization push to accelerate coated nineteen vaccine development when he ran the British drugmaker Glaxo Smith Kline for several years current CEO David Whitman is retiring after about three and a half years in that role the company earned fifteen point four billion dollars last year after bringing in more than two hundred billion in revenue I'm Jennifer king
"health insurer" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Insurance health insurers today it's a one year trade. It's a win win. You get a fee for service. They get the economics, but you're too you know, because there's so much like It's so many the relations of transactional you end up with the new new insurer and new insurer, and by the time you're 55, you might end up on Medicare, so the incentives are not aligned towards the long term health of patients. Imagine instead, if Healthy, healthy, sure became an included stakeholder, inclusive steak holding. Andre were both mutually inclusive stakeholders in each other's success. So if they He sure got paid based on health savings down the road. Let's say they got paid. Imagine fee up front and they got paid 5% of the health savings 10 years down the road. Let's say you were gonna And actuarially, maybe $10,000 and because they kept you healthy, and they invested in preventive medicine or nutrition, things like that. Maybe you only crossed the system or question Sure, 2000 on. Therefore, some of that benefit accrues the initial health issue. So all of a sudden you're healthy, Sure, isn't an investor in your long term health. Instead of a one year transaction. A June stick with us. We're gonna do some news. Take care of some business. We're gonna come back and kind of delving to this little bit. Maybe see how some of this thinking as relates to stakeholders versus perhaps just only shareholders how that may be evolving or impacted by What we're experiencing over to the 2020 pandemic year. Joon Yoon, president of Palo Out to investors from on the phone from Palo Alto. He'll be joining us on the other side of this coming up. We will certainly drive forward the conversation again. The markets today had a little bit of Ah, lift here as we head into the new year. The key issues For this market is people come back from their break come back and we'll take a look. The beginning of 2021 are going off course be the pandemic on the vaccines. Associate ID with it dealing with it. Everything else seems to be revolving around that we have commented accommodated fiscal policy, A monetary policy. We've had fiscal stimulus. Arguably need to have more, but we'll certainly be paying attention to all of that. Right now. Let's head out to our 9 60 studios in San Francisco at Baxter World and National News. All right, thank you. Paul. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has closed the door on the stand alone relief check Increased. Senate is not going to split apart.
The pandemic is putting electronic medical records to the test
"To slow the spread of the coronavirus testing is hugely important, not just getting a test but getting the results back as quickly as possible. A recent survey found that the average wait time for results is four days with ten percent of the people surveyed waiting ten days or more a shortage of the equipment and chemicals needed to perform the test is part of the problem but the country. Also lacks bust electric medical records system which would allow information to be shared seamlessly. We wondered how much is that slowing everything down Julia? Adler. Milstein is a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco where her research focuses on electronic health records. I asked her if part of the problem is all the different software providers, companies like epic and Care Cloud and Athena health not. Playing nicely together I do think there's a roadblock there I mean that's really been an Achilles heel of the past decade where we've seen so much more digitisation of health information but not as much of an effort put on making sure that that information can move around seamlessly where it's needed and I think in an ideal world. Yes. Those large companies would have cooperated and figured out how You. Build their systems in a way that we're more compatible but we also didn't really create strong incentives for them to do that, and now we're working to try to correct that and I think covert has shown a really bright spotlight on the need to do that. But but it wasn't there from the start and I think we're really paying the price for that. Now What about privacy concerns? With information being shared more widely in more places I. Wonder if patients sort of opting out may be part of the the hurdle here. It is and I mean privacy concerns. You know go go hand in hand with greater ability to move and share information because you want to be sure that it does end up in the hands and not the wrong hands and that and that the patients are involved in that in the way that you know is appropriate until I think one of the issues that that is hard to know is sort of in what what level of of detail or granularity patient want to be involved in managing. You know who sees their information and for what purposes. into do that at scale is really hard because we know different people have different preferences over all and for specific types of information, as well as for whether it's a payoff for example, like what they might want to share with health insurer versus their doctor. So it gets very complex very quickly. So I think everyone agrees we should have the privacy protection, but actually implementing that privacy protection control is is where it gets pretty pretty complicated. I'm also wondering about the cost of all this I know the federal government has already spent tens of billions of dollars to encourage the adoption of electronic medical records. Do you have a sense of the price tag on what this effort could cost to get it? Right I don't think we've really seen good cost estimates because part of it is sort of what are we paying for I don't think at this point we're really paying for the infrastructure. This is really about linking up all of the digital entities and writing down rules of the road. I. Don't think anyone really has a sense of the Price Tag. You know my personal sense is that it would be lower than the investment that we've made so far because there's so much cost just the digitisation itself. But there's also some real costs in in in trying to figure out how to make all the different systems talk to each other, but potentially lots of savings to I imagine. Oh absolutely there have been some estimates of that and they've been in this sort of seventy to eighty billion dollars. A Year of potential savings if we really were to get to sort of fully standardize seamless information sharing a fact that hospitals are filling out spreadsheets with their covid testing data and sending it to the federal government, it's staggering to think that we're still doing that you know in the year twenty twenty. But then also to think about all the costs of all the people in those hospitals who are manually entering data into a spreadsheet, it's sort of hard to believe. Yeah, and if I never have to try to remember when my knee surgery was when I see a new doctor. It'll be too soon. How many of those health questionnaires if we all filled out again and again? Yeah. No. On the patient side exactly I mean, we haven't even addressed those costs and also just I think that the stress that we put on patients when it's clear that their doctor doesn't know their medical history and so if you were to show up today and you know tell your doctor that you've had cova test and then for that doctor to say, Oh, well, I don't have any way to access that information at his not delivering patient centered. CARE. Julia Adler Milstein is a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco. And now for some related links, another wrinkle in all this, just because you're test results are in the system doesn't mean your doctor we'll see them right away. These are busy people with lots of patients counting on them. Adler Milstein says so far. The solution is just hanging doctors with lots of alerts, which if you've ever had to mute a group text chat, you know can create notification fatigue, and while most hospitals now have some kind of electronic health records system public health departments are still far behind relying on. Phones and even fax machines to share information. That's the subject of an episode of the health podcast trade-offs from my former marketplace colleague Dan. Guerrero tiene molly had him on this show awhile back Dan found that technology and data gaps key public health officials dangerously out of the loop, the fight, the spread of Corona virus. We have a link at marketplace tech DOT ORG along with results from a survey from the Pew. Charitable trusts found that most Americans support to improve how medical records are shared between providers but have since. Concerns about privacy and accuracy and respondents were generally less comfortable with the sharing of sensitive information like Substance Abuse Mental, Health Issues and homelessness factors that can influence health but also potentially how patients are treated I'm Amy Scott and that's marketplace tech.
Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays
"And health insurers paying more than twice as much as Medicare does for hospital services that's included in a new report from the Rand Corporation. Showing that businesses and private insurance companies paid hospitals an average of 247% of what Medicare paid between 2016 and 2018. The results of show that access to such information is important for employers to make sure their insurers are negotiating for low and consistent hospital rates. Swedish tech
High-risk Washington, DC residents may now be able to get free COVID-19 testing
"Need a Corona virus test. DCs mayor says You should be able to get one and not worry about the cost at all New this morning, D. C's Muriel Bowser is actually Orin All D C licensed health insurers. We here to cover testing without a co pay for certain high risk residents. A bouncer says the free testing is for vulnerable people, workers with lots of exposure or folks with close contact to someone who has tested positive Rickover 19 and she further says insurers will have to pay for tests once a week. Bowser says the mandate will last a CZ long as the city's health emergency lasts.
Washington D.C. mayor orders insurers to cover coronavirus testing for residents at high risk
"Virus Test, D C's mayor says you should be able to get one and not worry about the cost. Muriel Bowser is ordering all D C licensed health insurers to
Supreme Court upholds exemptions to Obamacare contraceptive mandate
"And now as promised, we're going to talk about these two Supreme court decisions that were rendered Earlier this morning and a 7 to 2 vote. The Supreme Court ruled this morning in favor of two California churches, arguing they should not have to face employment discrimination lawsuits brought by former teachers. The ruling makes it so that religious schools are exempt from most employment discrimination claims, expanding religious freedom, and the Supreme Court today also cleared the way for the Trump administration to expand exemptions for employers who have religious or moral objections to Complying with Obama's care, Obamacare's contraceptive mandate and we're going to talk with David Levin, Professor. You see Hastings College of the law about these rulings and other Supreme Court decision is expected to come. Welcome David Levin. Always good to have you with us. Good morning. Good morning to you and well, we got a couple of examples here. The court, citing with religious groups and religious liberty, don't wait. We sure do. I think this is gonna end up being a trilogy with one from a couple weeks ago involving those private schools in Montana, where the Supreme Court said that Montana and many other states could not limit public school funds. That school's off school funds to go to religious schools and in these two as you, said, the one involving two schools down in Southern California, where 11 plaintiff alleged that she was the victim of a discrimination. The other plaintiff alleges that she was Victim of disability discrimination because she had told the school that she had breast cancer in both cases is to teachers were not given new contracts well, the Supreme Court said that under was called the Ministerial Exception. The's teachers who are primarily secular teachers. They teach things like English math spelling to fifth and sixth graders, but they also letter daily prayer. They also at least from a workbook did some religious instruction that that was enough for them to come within the ministerial exception. And basically, it's for this for the institution. In this case, the Catholic schools to say who it is, who is responsible for inculcating students with faith, etcetera, and that the government shouldn't second guess that opinion by seven to to the Supreme Court agreed with that idea, so it blows a huge hole. Ian Discrimination Law your number earlier in the term. That was the case about protection of lesbian and gays in transgender under title seven well in the religious school contacts that's gone this morning. And then if you want to go into the second, we're going to the 2nd 1 I want to. I want to break them down with you. But okay, we'll come back. Alright. The other one's called litter Sisters of the poor, and this has to do with the contraception mandate in the affordable care act and this causes. The statute requires contraception to be included among the health. The kind of Procedures that are available under the affordable health care under Obamacare, and that's caused some consternation. We've had other cases the famous hobby lobby case, saying that well if a privately held corporation and religious scruples they didn't have to offer contraception and then the Supreme Court in the year that Justice Scalia died. I asked the parties, the Obama administration and the parties, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, the lead plaintiff here to try and come up with some accommodation because the little sisters even objected to the idea that they would have to tell their health insurers that they didn't want to give the contraception. Coverage. And so instead, the by this point in the Trump administration was involved because of the change of administration in the Trump administration, came up with a very broad exemption was for religious and moral reasons that you could just as an employer. You could just say we don't want to provide contraceptive. Coverage. And while there's some nuance to it, basically as you stand by 70 to Justice Thomas for the majority said that was okay that we could have this big big exception. In the affordable care act both for religion and for moral
"health insurer" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Now Medicare and most health insurers are paying close to what they pay for regular office visits but there's the possibility of creating a whole new spending stream if visits are reimbursed to generously patients could end up on the hook for some of that on the other hand of reimbursement is too low it will be hard for those who really need it most to get it like seniors who have trouble getting to doctor's offices or people in rural areas who have trouble getting to doctors in general so I think it's safe to say telehealth is here to stay but we don't really know what what level and a lot of people have been skipping or delaying their primary care doctor visits because of the pandemic now the American academy of family physicians reports that forty percent of primary care physician offices have laid off or furloughed staff since March Julie is primary care as we know we're going to survive the pandemic a lot of policy experts are really worried about what's going to happen to primary care in general primary care doctors in particular many have had to close their doors and lay off their staff and even now that a lot of them can reopen they still have to get that personal protective equipment it's not clear how willing patients are to come back yet even those doctors who didn't physically close their doors so huge drop offs and patient as they avoided medical locations for fear of catching the virus one really big concern is that this will force a lot of those doctors to sell their practices to hospitals creating still more consolidation in the healthcare industry that tends to drive spending even higher you know some people might be surprised that hospitals are in such trouble in the midst of a pandemic where hospitals are so essential but they really are they're struggling especially rural hospitals do you think that there's going to be a lasting change in the way that hospitals operate and manage their budgets after this I think it's important to remember that hospitals are really diverse summer these giant facilities with equally giant and Dow men's and that you mention summer world facilities it may only have a handful of beds Congress provided a hundred billion dollars back in March that mostly went to hospitals that serve Medicare patients which is most of them but that money didn't really go out based on hospital need so the hospitals that were struggling are still struggling and now many have the added problems of keeping expensive units available for common patients paying more for basic supplies not just PPP but other supplies because the supply chain has been disrupted and in many places hospitals are still not open for the elective process eaters things like hip and knee replacements and cardiac care which is where they get a lot of their revenue so it depends on the hospital bed yes hospitals in general are going to have to kind of re examine how they do business well we've been talking to doctors who are fearing a wave of people coming in in the months ahead to deal with procedures that they put off before so we'll see what happens with that what about health insurance Julie we've been talking about it for years especially with obamacare and then the attacks on obamacare do you see any movement in this moment when so many people might be losing their jobs and their health insurance in the middle of this pandemic towards something like Medicare for all or expanded Medicare or anything like that well first of all health insurance companies themselves are doing just fine through all of this remember that huge dropoff in routine and elective care that's all stuff that insurance companies aren't having to reimburse for at the moment so even the money that they're paying for covered patient is way less than the care that's going undelivered now but I'm waiting to see if the public broadly changes its mind about the idea that so many fellow Americans don't have any insurance coverage or have coverage if they can't afford to use because they have multi thousand dollar deductibles because those people who can't use a health care system can be a threat to everyone else when it comes to contagious disease and I think that's her point is coming home to a lot of people maybe for the first time could this shake up the political debate about health insurance absolutely will it not clear yet one more thing I want to see those the drug industry there have been calls from Congress from the president to bring more drug manufacturing to America we've discovered in this pandemic how much of the at least components of our drugs are made in China for example is there going to be changed on that front bringing more back to the US well there's already a big push both in the administration and Congress on to do something about the fact that so much of our drug supply as you mention it so in some cases it's the drugs themselves in some cases it's the the ingredients that go into drugs that might be made in the United States so much of that has moved overseas it's moved around the world it's not just China but one one of the things it was so early in this pandemic is that countries very quickly closed up their borders and all of this you know global supply chain ground to a halt and if you're in a pandemic in you need drugs it's not a good thing when you're drugs are not made in your country and you can't get them anymore that is Kaiser health news chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner Julie thanks as always thank you Jeremy and you're listening to here now black lives matter activists have protested police killings of African Americans for years one day after the next with George Floyd something changed all of a sudden you have an introduction of a lot of white people who are also angry with the government now you're forced to wear a mask your anonymous the way we go what makes this moment different this afternoon on All Things Considered from NPR news the story and the latest from Atlanta Georgia and elsewhere on All Things Considered at four thirty I'm Jack let P. R.'s prosecutors in Atlanta are expected to announce a decision this hour on whether they will bring charges against the officer who shot and killed a black man on Friday the officer who shot ri chard Brooks has been on desk duty ever since Brooks was shot in the back after stealing an officer's taser and fleeing a sobriety check on during president Juan Orlando Hernandez says he has tested positive for coronavirus Hernandez says he began feeling ill over the weekend that he tested positive yesterday he says he'll continue working remotely while getting treatment several civil rights and advocacy groups including the anti defamation league and the N. double ACP or calling for a halt to all Facebook ad campaigns next month the groups say Facebook isn't doing enough to stop racist or extremist content Facebook has not immediately comment you're listening to here and now I'm Marco Werman from the world Germany is letting kids go back to school in chefs Italy east it's locked down but remains vigilant South Korea got its infection rate down to nearly zero but they're still wearing masks as communities across the U. S. work out their plans our team is keeping track of how the rest of the planet is moving forward it's the world.
Medical Leadership and Conflicts of Interest
"This is Dr Michael Wilks with a second opinion, despite years of concern over conflicts of interest in medicine, substantial evidence exists that financial ties between health professionals and drug companies impact medical decisions, patient, care, medical research, government, policies and medical education. It's a funny thing that studies funded by drug companies or device manufacturers almost always show more favorable outcomes for the company's product than for the competitor. Perhaps this is just a coincidence, but what about data that shows that educational seminars funded by drug companies results in increased prescribing for that company's product, even when objective data shows no benefit for their drug another coincidence. and. It's an odd occurrence that when expert committees developing practice guidelines contain members who have a financial relationship with a drug company, the guidelines favor policies or practices that benefit the drug company, professional medical organizations with names like the American Society of this or that or the American College of so-and-so play large advisory roles in healthcare. We know that in the US. About twenty percent of healthcare is unnecessary. It doesn't benefit the patient. Although doctors and healthcare systems grow richer by offering these inappropriate services, will professional groups advise government, insurance, companies and other doctors on. On the best way to treat certain conditions, their job is not to maximize markets for companies, but to drive toward best practice based on available evidence, these scholarly professional groups need to be objective and conflict-free. For example they cannot accept money from the makers of synthetic hip, and then advise government or health insurers on the use of synthetic hips. The recent study from the B. M. J. looked at funding received from three hundred and twenty eight medical leaders, serving on ten professional medical associations organizations like the American College of Cardiology or the American psychiatric association. It turns out that seventy two percent of the three hundred and twenty eight leaders had financial ties to industry. Some of the financial ties were several hundred dollars, but others were several hundred thousand dollars. These conflicts of interest are unacceptable, and they must stop. A person cannot serve in leadership without independence and integrity, no leader, serving an any medical advisory or leadership group should be allowed to have any conflict of interest that means receiving gifts, grants, lab, construction, costs, new lab, equipment or Actions, either that or we need to get rid of these professional societies as advisory groups and create new independent groups that we can trust this. Is Dr Michael Wilks with a second
How the Covid-19 pandemic will leave its mark on US health care
"You know as we think about the healthcare aspects of this pandemic we've focused on you think about some of the images we've seen nightly Tom on the news about you know overflowing hospitals and you've got a first hand view of Mount Sinai there but a lot of folks might think about you know what does it mean for the health insurers what is this pandemic mean for their businesses to get a sense that we welcome Sir hand searches a Bloomberg law health care reporter so serious we think about the health care aspects of this pandemic actually caring for patients at the ground level what does it mean for the health insurers themselves well the health insurers have escaped losing a lot of money their first quarter earnings were were good but there is it's not clear how they'll come out of it in in the end and then there's disagreement among analysts who follow them Willis towers Watson in March they were predicting that employers who cover employees were gonna experience seven percent increase costed echo the nineteen but by may go ahead and change that prediction to say that the players would be fading four percent and then there's a different C. how much delayed care deferred care insurers and employers are experiencing so
Supreme Court rules government must pay insurers enrolled in ObamaCare program
"Dot com the Supreme Court has ordered health insurers twelve billion dollars from the federal government under an obamacare program encouraging them to offer medical coverage to previously uninsured Americans the justices on an eight to one vote reversed in appeals court ruling that said Congress had suspended the government's obligation to make such payments the ruling authored by liberal justice Sonia Sotomayor your paves the way for significant one time cash infusion from major companies such as a matter of cooperated anthem incorporated and sametime corporation conservative justice Samuel Alito was the sole dissenter saying the court's ruling has the effect of providing a massive bailout for insurance companies that took a calculated risk and
How A.I. is Filling in Coronavirus Testing Gaps
"As we've been going through this pandemic there have been a bunch of things happening in parallel on the one hand. People are doing everything they can to figure out how the virus is spreading. They're trying to mitigate it from spreading telling people to stay indoors wearing masks all those sorts of things and health officials are also working to find a cure for it so that we can all go back to normal one of the ways that tech companies and health. Insurers have been trying to do this is by utilizing artificial intelligence a I R digital science editor Danielle Hernandez has been looking into this and she joins us now Danielle. Thanks so much for being here. Things were having all right. So one of the big questions is where testing stands at this point. How are they using? Ai Right now to try to fill in the gaps with testing right so since the pandemic started in came to the US Are TESTING CAPABILITIES. Have lagged and so. It's made it difficult for policymakers for researchers for clinicians for everybody essentially to track where exactly the corona viruses striking in the US and also to help us understand like where are the areas that are most at risk are and so because testing is still not reaching optimal levels. People are trying to assess risk. And where might be safe eventually to reopen economy safely in a data driven way? And so- policymakers researchers health systems are looking at alternative forms of data alternative being because it's not testing data and it's not necessarily tracing contact tracing data either Aso. They're looking at medical records from past conditions responses to respiratory illnesses like the flu complications demographics and other things that affect our health that we don't typically think of think of health related like what. Zip Code we live in. What socioeconomic background we have these things really do affect our health because they affect access to it and in our in our health throughout our lives and so they're mining that information to try to come up with insights about who at risk populations are and where they should deploy already scars resources to get ahead of the spray. Do we have a positive examples of that around the country like places where they were? They've used ai to try to figure this out well. So I spoke with one company that I mentioned in the story called Kinza. They make a smart thermometer that tracks. Thermometers our body temperature. So because the symptom of us in terms of nineteen and other respiratory illnesses is a spike in temperature. They think that they can use this information to basically alert Public health officials governments early earlier than you would actually like. Maybe have a positive test to to help them. Figure out like where these hotspots are. So they say that their data shows that like across the country like they were able to see in their data abnormal spikes in temperatures. That didn't Corley or were different than what they were. Seeing historically at other points and so one of the things that governments down in Florida are doing like deploying some of these thermometers to communities that are at risk so homes that have healthcare workers or people with preexisting conditions or that live in large households that might be more risk of complications but also being super spreaders and so the data are early. They haven't been validated Which is one of the criticisms that scientists have like they? They think that this information is useful but that we should keep in mind that the data aren't perfect and the previous attempts to use in medicine have met with problems because the data are incomplete and this virus is so new that we just know very little compared to other diseases about how it works. How it manifests complications etc. One of the other Examples that you had in your story that was really interesting as an speaking of like specifically targeting at risk communities. You had an example of in your story of a group. I think in Oklahoma that was reaching out to people they thought could be potentially a higher risk. Can you talk about that? A little bit. shores so this healthcare provider in that space in Oklahoma contracts with employers to provide their employees and their dependents with healthcare services. So think about like boutique clinics kind of settings right and so they use artificial intelligence system engineered by a different company to look through data that includes outcomes. Er visits socio economic data zip codes and so they use these data to train an algorithm to basically pick out who they thought would be at greatest risk if they were to contract Kobe. Nineteen so these are not patients with covert nineteen currently but patients. Who would maybe end up in the hospital in an ICU on a ventilator because other previous history as well as these other factors that I mentioned so nurses that were employed by this organization. They got on the phone and call these patients to tell them. Hey you may be at greater risk here. These are the things you should do. You know hygiene social distancing and then also inform them about what they should do if they were able to they were experiencing symptoms so the idea. There is prevention right. So I don't want these people to remain out of the hospital and healthy so that they don't overwhelm the healthcare system possibly infect other
Progressives propose Medicare for the Uninsured
"Let's talk about the news of the week. The fight for having a relief. Bill that actually addresses what is going to be a massive health insurance crisis on So we had a bill introduced by Representative John Paul and Bernie Sanders in the Senate and then just Today actually as we're recording this this'll be yesterday as you're listening. Nancy Pelosi and House Leadership Democrat leadership in the House came out with a different proposal. We haven't seen language yet but this is clearly going to be the two kind of competing visions for next relief bill from the Democratic side so far icy silence from the Republican side. We don't even know if they're going support another relief bill at all Although I think the pressure is just going to become a hard to avoid once all of this unemployment leads to lack of insurance soon So the basic overview. Let's let why don't we start with the Sanders? John Paul Bill since that came out. I What they've proposed these of course are the lead sponsors of the Medicare for all legislation in the House and the Senate And this is not a medicare for all proposal. But it's kind of a stopgap proposal during the credit crisis. So what they've said is that Medicare should cover everyone who does not have health insurance And that Medicare will cover all co payments deductibles and cost sharing for everyone else. That's where people who have private insurance who have public insurance Like Medicaid or the Veterans Administration Or Medicare for that matter And that that will Last in effect until a vaccine is widely available to the public And the thinking of course is that we literally just cannot address this pandemic without everyone having access to healthcare Otherwise everyone who slipped through. The cracks of the healthcare system is going to be Is going to be unable to access. Care avoiding care when they need it and more likely to spread The contagion so Stephanie. What do you think about proposal? That came out of Japan. Senator Sanders Office. Well when I first heard about this proposal I thought it was perfect because it gives us a way to sort of expand public health insurance and it also fulfils the moderate concerns about allowing people to stay on their health insurance and all the stupid rationales for supporting a public option versus Medicare for all and that has always been the moderate case against Medicare for all right it's too disruptive maybe amid Medicare for all is in theory better but people are just so happy with their private insurance. Who Am I? Who are we to argue with them? And maybe they need a chance to try it out. And that's the impetus behind the whole public option. And you know they always say that. The of course. The goal is universal healthcare. But what the pathway. How do we get there? You know the details matter well. Here's your chance you know. Millions kicked off their insurance by no fault of their own at a time. When it's not actually safe to go outside but as far as I know no other members of Congress besides Sanders and Paul have supported this plan. Yeah I don't even know if it's been you know. They've barely rolled it out. It just came off the shelf. So we're us. The movement are going to have to build support for this bill. And you know it's interesting because this plan is kind of like some of the competing plans that you know. The centrists who were running for president were running on This doesn't resemble like the Biden plan but it is kind of what like Baidoa Rourke was was backing. It's a little bit like will cover everyone with the public plan. But we'll keep somehow the private health insurance in the workplace health insurance And I think the reason it's important to acknowledge why this is not a replacement for Medicare for all it needs to be. Temporary is the cost right. The the downside of doing it this way is that you don't get most of the savings that you get from Medicare for all system which really comes from like simplifying the system and you're cutting out all this administrative waste hospitals and doctors only have to deal with one pair they don't have to deal with fifty different payers. And that's how Medicare for all works by creating although savings you can afford to cover everyone else afford to have no co payments and deductibles. It is much more expensive to do it. This way to keep the private insurance companies in their keep all this complication waste in the system and expand coverage to everyone But I think you can do it temporarily as a stopgap measure And so I think it would be a good stepping-stone and people we literally cannot address this crisis with more and more people losing access to health insurance so I think it'll be an interesting fight. Yeah and it could arguably be even less expensive than giving subsidies to private health. Insurers who who made just end up pocketing. Well obviously we'll end up pocketing the profits but also will not be actually giving out any care outside of probably a lot of corona virus care because people aren't actually going to the doctor for anything else right now that's a fact that's not arguably that's it would definitely be cheaper to cover people through expanding medicare than it would be through throwing money at private
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"This time and health insurers must allow employers to continue covering employees even if the employee would otherwise become ineligible because of a decrease in the hours that they work for a week they will be issuing the details of this very soon sometime within the next few minutes I hope let me also we had questions about unemployment and who is eligible governor DeWine along with governor Inslee of Washington governor Dunleavy of Alaska and governor Pritzker of Illinois today sent a letter asking president trump to immediately unlock existing federal funding and the disaster unemployment account declaring that that would declare a major disaster and make funding available for ten ninety nine or other types of and please who currently are in eligible for unemployment or to ask Congress to make this funding available critically for the prompt relief that we need for these employees this is incredibly important that the federal government step in and help us to serve these people who are displaced by the circumstances that we confront in the economy as a result of the of the actions that have been taken to protect our health and safety on a bit of hopeful news I know that the the the governor has really ask the educators of this state state to do all they can in this interim time period to help make sure that learning continues in our schools I I was in the last twenty four hours contacted by Hilliard superintendent John marsh I wasn't who's on our heart the governor for for sport hi and he explain to me that they are doing great at distance learning in Hilliard that they have over sixteen thousand students today logged in to participate in school and to be logged in you have to to take count is participating you have to actually log in and do your work you need to make sure that your submitting the work that your teachers have asked you to submit it really is quite stunning the great work that they have done their yesterday they had over sixteen thousand seven hundred and sixteen thousand seven hundred and three students I guess the number was logged in their average February attendance was fifteen thousand five hundred and seventy five so not only are the teachers and the administrators in Hilliard embracing this teacher calling the students just to make sure they're they're getting them involved but the students and the families are responding even at a higher rate than they did normally in the months preceding so it's just one case but I like to highlight the cases to show that it's possible and then our educators and our families are taking their education seriously super important and I know that that that other schools around the state are doing this and all those educators to be commended because they had to turn this around quickly they find out at the end of one week and many of these schools by the beginning or the middle of next week had the services up and running I want to also add some some business best practices the governor talked about his enormous responsibility to find a balance between the health needs of the people of our state and the economic and business and work needs of the people of our state this is a repair C. span radio programming from Friday and over the last twenty four hours actually forty eight hours we've been in touch with lots of businesses asking for best practices and imploring and frankly demanding that they execute these best practices in some of these you've heard before but I will take the liberty for any business person who does not I know exactly what we're talking about to hear these once again businesses are taking the temperature of their employees if they have that capability at work or before they go into work they're asking employees to do that at home if they don't have that capacity they are dedicating people to specifically clean all of the service the the surfaces door handles rails all the things where somebody might touch them they have dedicated adding dedicated personnel to clean their surfaces they're removing chairs from areas where they're too close together and we're people can congregate there staggering breaks and lunch areas so that people don't congregate in one location they are carrying out the six foot rule and I and I know that one suggested that we had from a small business that they did coffee shop we don't want people with carry out business and delivery business going on in our restaurants we don't want people congregated tightly aligned they put pieces the tape down on the floor with the sign that says every six feet please you know respect one another and that's capable anybody's capable of doing that who similarly situated they've ask employees to stay at home after work and to not travel outside of the workplace exhibiting if anyone is exhibiting any symptoms they immediately send them home many businesses have gone to a and B. ships so that they can spread out the number of employees they might have one group of people work during the day and the other group work in the evening so that they can avoid tight congregations we'll have also identified an individual at their particular facility or in a particular part of their facility to be in charge of enforcement of these rules to own it to make sure that the the rules that they establish are being implemented system wide this is Ohio lieutenant governor John Huston live coverage or making sure that there's available sanitizing supplies for their employees there banning any gatherings without personal spacing we see that here in the state house when there are meetings that go on where you you have to spread people out so that they are not close together when you're doing your work but no community gathering space you may have a coffee maker people gather no more you gotta stop that kind of stuff you can't have people going in to the same location gathering without it being clean and sanitize no shearing equipment without it first being disinfected and obviously the one that doctor actin and we all talk about all the time washing your hands not touching your face these are all things employers are doing to make sure that they're acting responsible but as the governor noted he and I both get these messages of employers who are doing these things for those of you are keep doing keep leading for those of you who are your acting irresponsibly and you're putting us all in jeopardy and it needs to stop grocery stores I have been talking with grocery stores over the last twenty four hours they are all hiring they are in some cases even offering bonuses for people who who are working there and people who will sign on with them and they are essential to our supply chain hi and they ask that everybody be patient in cooperative and not treat their employees or other customers with R. O. de don't fail to treat the employees or their customers with respect we have to respect each other and that brings me to just the final couple points I want to make all one of these grocery stores told me about it really a fight breaking out between customers over toilet paper over twenty paper I come on folks we have to be better than that we have to be better than that we got a treat people can treat each other better than that we got to respect people in their workplaces but I also tell you another story story of Regis at state employee person is vital to keeping the technology behind the unemployment system up and running over the course of the last week they had a loved one in their family sibling who is suffering from cancer who is on their death bed I and they chose not to go visit them because they had to keep the system up and running for those tens of thousands ultimately hundreds of thousands of people who need it it was a selfless act what you put those two back to back and think about it which side of this you want to be on which side of this do you want to be on how do you want to remember yourself as we went through this because tough times reveal our character they'll reveal this is being selfish or selfless and that's also true of our society hi think about this in those terms how do you want to think about yourself on the backside of this when we got out you want to remember yourself as somebody who contributed to the good of our world to give our state or do you want to be fighting in a grocery store over toilet paper what better than that it's time to lift our spirits to the calling of our our better angels hi and I know that we're capable of doing that for those of you who are thank you inspire others I was said today isn't certainly a somber day and both John I've pointed out.
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"President trump is suspending his campaign rallies as did Democrats Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden will make the turn the question is why and and the question is how many people will die and I don't want people die that's what I'm all about he said last night insurers would bear all the costs for corona virus testing and treatment but our card is out of our allowance at reports that's not quite correct the pledged no cost sharing for the tests but they did not go as far as to pledge that there would be no cost sharing no copays or
Trump significantly misstates how health insurers pay for coronavirus
"President trump is suspending his campaign rallies as did Democrats Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden will make the turn the question is why and and the question is how many people will die and I don't want people die that's what I'm all about he said last night insurers would bear all the costs for corona virus testing and treatment but our card is out of our allowance at reports that's not quite correct the pledged no cost sharing for the tests but they did not go as far as to pledge that there would be no cost sharing no copays or
Global stock markets plunge on coronavirus fears
"Increasing worries about how the corona virus might affect the global economy meant a rough day for stocks sell was the word of the day yesterday as the Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than a thousand points the biggest point decline in more than two years investors fled to safe havens like gold which climbed for the eighth session in a row it is now reached a seven year high JJ Kinahan is chief market strategist with TD Ameritrade the market doesn't react well the unknowns the fact that we saw the corona virus spreading to parts of Europe now you have governments shutting down public buildings at cetera shares of travel health insurers and high flying technology stocks were among the hardest hit American Airlines dropped eight point five percent UnitedHealth group was off seven point eight percent and Facebook tumbled four point five percent the corona viruses hurt Chinese manufacturing exports and consumption this year include doing economic growth around the planet as factories worldwide depend on supply chain tied to China
Launching Patients over Profits
"Have some exciting stuff to talk about this week. Most exciting top of the list is that there's a new massive national medicare for all campaign that was launched just this last week Ourselves healthcare now part of a coalition That's going to roll out this campaign it's being led by national nurses United And it has called the patients over prophets pledge So Stephanie Before we get into the details like nuts and bolts of what this campaign is GonNa look like This is a campaign that is targeting. Legislators so they will not take money from the healthcare industry. Why is that important like at this particular stage movement right so as we expected as our movement is taking off there's momentum in Congress and at the grassroots level our opposition has taken noticed and they have organized? They've convened a new organization The Partnership for America's healthcare future may have heard of it which is comprised of bad guys like health insurers members of Pharma hospitals and everybody else who has something to lose shows of commerce single the most exactly So now we have this like mega villain. This transformer of multiple villains Who have have convened this new partnership and they are spending a lot of money. For example on ads on industry aligned speakers on ghost writing op eds for members of Congress and other legislators and employing lobbyists to spread their talking points Why don't we go ahead and listen to to a short clip of an ad? This is like a prime example of what they are running around. The country. Politicians are pushing one-size-fits-all health. Plans Medicare for all Medicare buy buy in in and and public public option. option. All All mean mean the the same same thing. thing. You'd You'd pay pay more more to to wait wait longer longer for for worse worse care. care. So they're doing stuff like this and of course they're also donating millions to our elected officials. So how are we going to take on this new mega opposition that has launched with the express purpose of taking down? Medicare for all So any new has come up with this patients over. Prophets pledge. Ben. Can you tell us a little more about it? Yeah so it's pretty straightforward basically We're going to be asking a legislators Elected officials but especially members of Congress to not accept money from any arm of the healthcare industry. That is part of the Partnership for America's healthcare future any wing of the healthcare industry. That is trying to undermine Medicare for all trying to prevent us from getting the healthcare. We need We want to drive a wedge between this partnership of this empire of evil. Who's trying to stop us from getting our health care and the legislators who were supposed to be representing us. I'll remind you just normal constituents patients so here's a little clip from Max Cotterell of National Nurses United on a national call that they hosted to launch this campaign. The patients over profits pledge is linked to aim to sever those direct ties that corporations actively involved in fighting Medicare for all have been carefully building with politicians across the country. And so in this fight to pass Medicare for all what we know is that will never be able to outspend the for profit industry but we can make the active accepting their campaign contributions politically toxic. Well put Max And you know I would say just a little bit beyond this that any elected official can sign this pledge. Whether that's mayors city councillors a state REP state senators. Any target is fair game but obviously the big boys are the ones in Congress who can actually Enact Medicare for all and who the partnership is just spending hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars trying to weasel their way into their confidences and to get them to oppose this So now I'd like to say that US in the Medicare for all movement can take credit for this campaign design and the structure but actually we have an closely allied movement. Who's had a lot of success with this kind of Pledge Approach Stephanie? Do you want to say a little bit? More about sort of the roots of this tactic and the strategy sure so if this campaign sounds familiar it's because of the climate change momentum. 2017 launched a very similar pledge called the no fossil fuel money pledge after which the patients over prophets pledges kind of designed so the no fossil fuel money pledge prohibited. Siamese from accepting campaign contributions over two hundred dollars from executives political groups or lobbyists in the oil gas or coal industries. So what has been the impact of this? Almost all of the major candidates in the presidential race of sign the pledge although both Biden and budgets have come under fire for violations of of the pledge and over fifty members of Congress and both the Senate and House have signed as well and dozens of elected state and local levels as well I think you know when there was news about Biden holding a fundraiser with an investor in fossil fuels and Buddha judge also having close ties with some of these industry players that has been huge news. And it's really affected perceptions about their campaigns So what do you think? Ben What do you think is the potential of this campaign? Yeah well so first of all. I'm going to play a clip from An activist in the sunrise movement. Who has worked had been heavily involved in this no fossil fuel contributions campaign Talk about what he sees as the impacts and then. I'm going to say a little bit about how that sort of carries over to Medicare for all for us the no fossil fuel money. Pledge has been a tremendous tool for three reasons. I it's been a really good at organizing tool for building are organizing muscle second. It's helped us draw media attention to the corruption of fossil fuel money in politics and three. It's translated into concrete political games both in winning and losing elections as well as the impact inside the legislatures. Yes these are all some of the outcomes that I think we'll see also in the Medicare for all movement I see this pledge as a very versatile tactic right You can target existing legislators who support Medicare for all already. But you know maybe. Their level of commitment is not super strong Maybe we're a little worried that when it comes time to actually vote on this bill we might lose that legislator That they might get cold feet Is the time to try and get them to up their commitment level and to really pledge not to take money from these industries Which I think will more firmly. Secure them in our camp when it comes time to vote But you can also target if you have like a legislator who is so right wing that you don't think they're ever going to back. Medicare for all this is the way to publicly shamed them right and to start imposing political costs on them for making the wrong decision. So I think you can take You can apply this in all sorts of different targets And there's also been a lot of success recently getting candidates to pledge not to take PAC money for example. Obviously not all candidates have of of come up with this have agreed to this pledge but there's paralells of this tactic working in clean elections in anti fossil fuel movement and Clean Energy Movement And I think bringing this tactic to our woman is really going to strengthen us. Yeah I think the corporate pack pledge has been really useful for our movement. Because you know we've seen candidates who have taken the pledge return or refused donations from insurance and pharmaceutical companies but because it doesn't include individuals like you know the new patients over profit pledge does executives have been free to donate money as individuals to candidates. And that's a big issue too right because couple can actually give more than a Pat Ken so two people can give them more than a pack. They can give up to fifty six hundred dollars so marquis who is a co-sponsor of the Medicare for all bill. You know when you look up his campaign donations He has taken Donations actually Max out. Donations From health insurance executives and this pledge sort of encourages us as activists to take a closer look at the financing sources of our incumbent and our candidates. And say look this obviously violates the spirit of your co-sponsorship of Medicare for all a Bill. That would actually do away with these corporations. That are giving you money. You know in please stand with us and not the corporations. Yeah this is another clever way. That that Corporations impact elections sometimes with they won't have an official company. Pack that funnels money to a candidate. They'll like get all the executives in the company to bundle their money together essentially and send it to a certain candidate and then they're gonNA know who it's coming from but this pledge is designed to catch those people to But it is. It will not catch you. Know if some hapless low level employee of pharmaceutical company wants to support where? We're candidate they support. That's fine. We're not going after those contributions so Stephanie. If folks Who listening want to get involved with this campaign One help US pressure. They're elected to take this pledge. How do they do it? How they get involved in. What is it like? Would you have to do to to actually carry this out? Sure if you're listening to this right now you actually can participate in this campaign because every single district there is not been a single signer in Congress of this pledge yet so everybody everybody has somebody to work on totally brand new. So there's going to be a week of Action April six to the tenth Before that we'll be doing canvases to ask people to demand that their representative take this pledge and so we're going to be collecting signatures before that and then we're going to be gathering them together and we're going to have a drop off date sometime in April and both healthcare now and then you have resources to help you organize and recruit for this. You know if you want to. If you want to take the lead in organizing in your area you can do that. If you don't want to take the lead and you just WANNA show up to an event you can also do that so If you want to get involved just send us an email And we will help connect you to this
Trump administration says California can't require insurers to cover abortion
"The trump administration threatening to the live federal money to California over abortion the department of health and Human Services is threatening to cut off some federal funds to California unless it drops the state requirement that private health insurers cover abortion the administration says the policy violates a federal ban on
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"A pretty quick answer to how the governor plans to close the Medicaid gap and it's been a go to solution for many of Albany's biggest problems in this is appointed commission can you tell us about this group and its marching orders yes we like our Blue Ribbon panels and we're very short of specifics at the moment now for what this will look like Cuomo's modeling it after one he convened in his first term room one of the very first things he did in two thousand eleven when he took office he can meet a Medicaid we design team M. R. T. and this team had dozens of people they represented insurers hospitals health care workers patient advocates elderly long term care people and it came up with a lot of ways to curb healthcare spending actually buy it by all accounts for it critics on the left and the right I didn't think it was perfect but they think it did actually reduce the cost of Medicaid and did so without harming patients and and maybe even improving some things around the margin but a lot of the money that paid for it came through obamacare the affordable Care Act it's costs have been going going up people got a huge pay raise when that a higher minimum wage kicked in and so the long term care actually is as a bit of a fast yes skyrocketing component of this and so no new issues have emerged and Cuomo wants to get the team back together he he flashed on the screen jokingly the at the event hers have been American Ironman he said he's getting getting in this back together they have until April first two of to find two point five million dollars worth of of savings and close this Medicaid gap all right so now when you're overspending you can either well spend less or raise more money do we know what this group wants to do here it seems like a little of both not too surprisingly let's listen to what the governor said about his mandate to this group zero impact on local governments zero impact on beneficiaries find industry efficiencies and our addition additional industry revenue root out waste fraud abuse and get this done in time for the April one budget now some of that route zoom by very quickly let me unpack it just a little bit I'm almost said you know whatever they do they can't hurt the six million new Yorkers on Medicaid or the local governments to do pay a small part of Medicaid funding a big chunk of it of course comes in the federal government to they said find industry efficiencies or additional industry revenue that that could be anything with it we don't know what that means one reporter asked the budget director if that meant for instance raising taxes on health insurance the budget director said that's a possibility alright so what's the response been you know people are waiting to see who the governor appoints with input from the legislature we're not sure what that means exactly the health insurers are bring your own input input yes we don't know health insurers are very nervous the state health plan association said they're concerned about further cuts in Medicaid I mean how much they're large allowed to charge will global health insurers I thought Medicaid is a public health insurance wire health insurers involved that's what it is but it's largely administered by something called Medicare Medicaid managed care companies they're basically HMO is their insurance companies that sometimes have a division there they might have your cover you or me but they might not division that covers Medicaid recipients okay and they control which doctors people can see how much those doctors get paid and these HMO is basically get a fixed amount for each general all right but so insurance companies really don't want to see the state's rates go down does anyone else have a say what the biggest players of the hospitals and health care workers unions they work very closely together management and labor work pretty closely together in in New York hospitals they spend vast sums lobbying Albany they got a big raise in twenty nineteen as I've alluded to with the the minimum wage going up and they're not afraid of you know getting that back of facing big cuts and yet they are surprisingly upbeat about the overhaul Cuomo's talking out here Chris can rescue he's the president of the greater New York hospital association I'm very optimistic that they will come up with some new and innovative ideas off fresh look at how things can be changed to increase efficiencies reduce costs and at the same time see what's paramount's maintain the quality if not only to maintain it but to expand in the future now can rescue gets paid a lot of money more than million dollars a year to be to be optimistic but also to try really hard bargains behind closed doors in Albany a hard bargain that benefit hospitals and healthcare workers he sounds to me like he's company in the cards he in his allies are holding and they're not too worried about too much money come from their height when it comes to finding two point five billion dollars in savings and Fred just finally I'm earlier you mentioned skyrocketing enrollment in long term care this sounds like a big deal I mean can you explain what the program is is because people are living longer well it is more people aren't aren't rolling more people are are also we have the silver tsunami more people retiring but also they've they've changed how they created and minister this program there does seem to be some evidence that the gate keepers are perhaps either letting in too many people or I'm going out to generous benefits governor Cuomo was alluding to this we'll see very heated debate about this in in the coming months this is a program that they claim is ground three hundred percent between the years two thousand thirteen and two thousand ninety quadruplets so so that's a lot of growth it's five percent of the Medicaid recipients for one third of all many spending so that is a huge ratio they're looking to the cities and localities to help them getting getting rain it rained it and get control of that that that there will be a lot of a lot of activity around them the coming months all right.
Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products
"Legislators in Massachusetts have approved a ban on flavored vaping and tobacco products Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a groundbreaking ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products including menthol cigarettes the bill would also place a seventy five percent excise tax on vaping products and require health insurers to cover tobacco cessation counseling Republican governor Charlie Baker has an indicated whether or when he will sign the band but it chances are good in September he declared a public health emergency and ordered a temporary ban on the sale of vaping products I actually out there
Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products
"Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a groundbreaking ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products including menthol cigarettes the bill would also place a seventy five percent excise tax on vaping products and require health insurers to cover tobacco cessation counseling Republican governor Charlie Baker has an indicated whether or when he will sign the band but it chances are good in September he declared a public health emergency and ordered a temporary ban on the sale of vaping products I actually have blur
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"Five loop or inside looking good into downtown with no delays with light volume the only problem or potential problem is what road some trying to dry out from that line of showers that moved through earlier chucking removes radio seven hundred WLW this report is sponsored by medical mutual the official health insurer of everything you love protecting and caring for your family is a full time job we know because it's ours too at every stage in life were there to help medical mutual the official health insurer of everything you love learn more at mad mutual dot com slash everything we have scattered storms out there to get them you know what and if you're not get them chances are you will soon so we're gonna have spotty storm chances through mid morning maybe it's gonna be muggy today with a high of eighty seven tonight isolated rain chance sixty eight tomorrow partly cloudy isolated storm chance eighty four but on Wednesday partly cloudy not as muggy will be kinda nice by then eighty three is the high on Thursday right now seventy and seven hundred W. L. W. their minds received so much joy today at twelve noon on seven hundred W. L. W. Hey what's up from the Kane show I just left the newly remodeled hers and kia and took the all new twenty twenty kia soul first you go check it out and make sure you Tellem Riley sent you.
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"health insurer" Discussed on Animal Radio
"But I think at that stage if you wanted to full service coverage, think it'd be hard pressed to find, but if you did it would be expensive. My problem would be choosing it. You say that coverage can vary wildly from policy to policy. And when I think about human coverage, there's I think there's minimal differences between policies but apparently not so with pet insurance, what is it we should be looking out for when we choose these. Well, I think the it's not exactly the same regulation in the in the pet health insurance business. But I think the biggest thing is actually what is covered because your expenses are going to be if you have to take your vet because of an accident, you know, broken bone or an accidental poisoning or ingesting a foreign object. I know we've had like to eat rocks in the backyard. Never a good thing versus chronic diseases are diseases that may just come on all of a sudden like pink, retires or something. So really understand what it's covering and make sure you know these items are covers. You're not surprised. And again, many policies will offer just an accident only policy which is much cheaper. But then again, that doesn't help if your dog developed cancer has some kind of heart ailment. So you really have to investigate and always go to a mental checklist like, okay, well, what if this happened in, you know, ask the insurance will was this comfort is this covered. So you really have to to really ask the questions and no, it's covered, and that's the best thing I do in shopping around. Whatever's going to give you the peace of mind, but you know, talk to the insurance. And actually give them some case scenarios with tap XYZ. Am I covered right? Not covered, and they can build you a policy that that fits those needs. So there is some flexibility, but obviously you're gonna pay more for a more coverage and especially if your pets older, I, you know, I think a lot of our apprehension towards pet insurance is we all have these preconceived notions. And so I'm thinking, what is my preconceived notion it is that with rescue dogs or dogs, you adopt from shelters and stuff, you don't know their past history. So I, I think that I'm going to be denied insurance. Is that true? Or how do they do that? Well, they're not going to actually have a health screening for your dog before the insurance company age is is important. And you know, as far as pre existing conditions, that's kind of a loose situation it again, depending on the policy and how they went to cover it, but your medical records, it's not going to be as thorough as you would for for human health insurance. So you know, again, you just have to find the right provider did think too is if you do have a dog from a shelter or you have a dog that's ten years older, maybe you don't know, hell your dog. Is that something to be very upfront about? Because the last thing you wanna do is pick a pet insurance company that's gonna end up not paying because you forgot to tell something disclose it so you the best thing is take your dogs information and let the insurer no upfront. 'cause you don't want to be on the back end of that and find yourself stuck with a huge Bill and coverage that you just don't have in that case is there may be a company that you would recommend that people who do. The adoption rescue thing would be better off going up going with you. Yeah, there's just there. So there are so many new companies coming on board of so many new options. I would really recommend shopping around for it because you know they're Taylor making a lot of these policies to fit consumers needs. And if you do end up having, you know a lot of people again, rescue animals, for instance, they could easily create a whole subgroup for that. So you know, like I said, there's there's new companies being added every day, and it's a growing field especially in this country. So always just check the marketplace.
"health insurer" Discussed on POLITICO's Pulse Check
"That an insurance company could possibly offer and so the the entry cost can be significant but once you're in it and you get a base of enrollment the you know you have to remember that the payments that they get monthly for medicare a roughly six times what they get paid in the commercial sector medicare advantage had been targeted to in the aca runup president obama had talked about maybe this program where we're subsidizing private health insurers isn't as good as the government health program that gap should be closed instead medicare advantage has only gone up since looking at the state of health insurers in twenty eighteen president donald trump has taken his shots at the industry and said that companies are failing in the aca marketplace but the most recent earnings reports have been incredibly positive what is the truth john howard health insurance doing in the healthcare system right now i i think great i mean when you look at you know their their investment record on wall street i mean these guys are darlings you see companies like united that are you know united now over two hundred billion dollar company and you know it's now serving something on the magnitude of one hundred fifteen million people and it's largely used the medicare program is the you know the the bedrock of its of its revenue in is that a good thing for united healthcare to be that large obviously working for them is it working for us as patients i think most united members are pretty happy the company's star ratings which is the the performance measurement system that that the medicare program uses to assess quality and value of their their ratings of consistently gone up you know they have a an acquisition track record that's unmatched in in the entire sector.
"health insurer" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
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"health insurer" Discussed on VIBES-LIVE
"Work past right after the civil war the mirror san francisco lee died suddenly this morning at a local hospital he was sixty five no cause of death was given a bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a new york subway bombing blamed president trump for the botched suicide mission that he said was carried out for the islamic state group federal charges have been filed against a keyed ola today writer said they had no qualms about returning to the station where police eight will a set off crude pipe bombs hall of fame player marshall faulk and two other nfl and network analysts i taylor and heat evans were suspended after a woman who worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network accused him of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit the powerful hollywood talent agency see a is cancelling its annual pre golden globe awards party and is planning to form a legal defense fund to assist workplace harassment victims across all industries this is ap radio news the trump administration's promise that all healthcare dot gov websites will be functioning without a hitch will be tested this week with a crush of sign up for insurance here's the ap's ricardo alonzo zaldivar even though president trump is tried to repeal the healthcare law the administration says it's going to deliver a seamless open enrollment season and they said that they've corrected that glitch but some consumer advocates were still saying it was popping up in illinois some consumers who successfully completed an application for financial assistance through healthcare dot gov got a message saying they would likely be eligible to buy a health plan but none were available in your area that is not correct every county in the nation currently has at least one health insurer offering plans on the affordable care act for two thousand eighteen i'm ed donahue ap radio news.
"health insurer" Discussed on P&L With Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz
"Are there any big insurance companies that haven't made a move like this that you expect to at some point in the near future i mean i i've been expecting this from human or from another company for for some time are basically because you just look at how successful united health has been among ethnic avatar churned my latest called their optum unit alone books more revenue then or just about as much as one bit more than most of the other large insurance companies in the united states and also they've written the kind of costsavings in an annual egbin that two becoming the largest health insurer in the united states it's worked incredibly well for them i'm i'm a little spice it's taken other insure so on to emulate them and now you finally have you know the big agnes cvs deal which which is an interesting step in and inhuman no just taking cut of a narrower targeted approach aimed at a particular market in case is this good or bad for hospitals uh this is bad for hospitals me'do they're not that i think for hospital earlier what are they going to do is going this is terrific horrible a so anytime would ensure you know has more leverage is doing more of the hospitals job themselves that that's not good i mean isn't he had such aggressive hospital consolidation in a two reasons one to kind of fightback of outing against ensures that are ever larger and more powerful and have you can pushback on on reimbursement and also to kinda prevent patient leakage so patients from leaving your health care system to go somewhere else.
"health insurer" Discussed on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
"Well how did pj where he got for right eight more points his total of ten trails paula all right in our faith over there need to win she needs five to win okay face this is for the game filmed the blank on wednesday blanc told the house intelligence committee that he couldn't discuss conversations he had had with his father because of quote attorneyclient privilege donald trump jr right this week the supreme court ruled the trump's third blank banned could go into effect while legal challenge has moved through the lower courts travel muslim ban on thursday australia's parliament approved legislation legalizing blank a samesex marriage like this week continue wildfires prompted the evacuation of over fifty thousand people in black southern cal find los angeles yes on sunday china introduced the first ever all electric cargo ship with which they announced would be used to black transport move shoop no two hall coal and monday president trump announces reducing the size of two blanks in utah oh one uments national muslims on sunday c v s announced plans to buy health insurer blank for sixty nine billion dollars at now right this week of belgian artist had to be rescued by 30s after he blanked ensconced himself in a chocolate carving no after he chained himself to a block of marble to symbolize the inescapable burden of history the pope is his name he tethered himself to this fourtonne block of marble almost twenty days ago with the intent of chiselling his way to freedom representing arts conquest over human suffering unfortunately four hundred hours later the performance artist had to admit to everyone watching on his 24 hour livestream that he was unable to escape by himself and could someone please call for help.
"health insurer" Discussed on NPR News Now
"Support for this podcast and the following message come from novonordisk dedicated to research and innovation to help millions of people living with diabetes learn more at novonordiskus live from nprnews in washingtoni'mlakshmi sang the governor of newjersey is dismissing public outcry after he and his family were photographs soaking in the sun on a statebeach they had to themselves after governorchrischristie had closed that another state beaches to the public during a government shutdown then to please his critics have taken online bashing a what has now been dubbed beach gate the saga has also cast a harsh light on the deadlock budget negotiations affecting newjersey and many other states for member station of uhyyjoehernandez says newjersey's shutdown shows no sign the dating the budget stalemate in newjersey actually stems from a fight over a healthcare bill republicangovernorchrischristie wants to use surplus money from the state's largest health insurer to fund antiaddiction efforts but thedemocrat stateassemblyspeaker opposes the move defordnewjersey nurse gale nickel says enough is enough they need to stop that carrying and they need to fame on sale they thought christie cod heat over the weekend after the starledger newspaper published photos of him sitting on a steep beach that was closed to the public christie and tub democratic lawmakers are still trying to work out a deal for nprnewsi'mjoehernandez thetrump administration's role on the global stage faces yet another tests when the president attends a summit involving 20 of the world's most industrialized nations nprscottdetrow says the fbi and congressional probes into russia's interference in the 2016 election as well as presidenttrump's chilly relationship with a german chancellor likely to loom over the event.
"health insurer" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"To that health insurer more than anything else it does he want to know one thing about it if you wanna know one good thing and one bad thing the good thing for rich people is that it's a huge tax cut for rich people that's one really good thing the bad thing is it takes as i said a meat ax to that one health insurance provider biggest health insurance provider in the country singles without above and beyond everything else related to healthcare in this country cuts more than eight hundred billion dollars out of that health insurer that ensures more than seventy five million americans in this country and we don't know if the republicans bills going to pass started even trying to get a single democratic about for it there's drama that will be covering tonight as to whether or not they can get enough of their own votes to pass this thing but today they unveiled it and because of what it does to medicaid the largest health insurance provider in the country by mild this is part of what happened in response around eleven thirty a m today about sixty people a lot of them and realtors turned up at the top the offices of the the top republican in the senate mitch mcconnell songs they blocked the entrance to the mcconnell's office they they were chanting no cuts to medicaid save our liberty one of the protesters held a sign over the entrance to mcconnell's doorway capping medicate equals death for the disabled.