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On this morning's program, the hosts will be discussing private health insurance exchanges, pet insurance and more with special guests from Accenture and Hartville Pet Insurance Group.
For the first segment on today's program, Scott Brown, Private Exchange Offering Lead at Accenture, will be joining the program to discuss the firm's latest private exchange research. Accenture estimates enrollment in private health insurance exchanges doubled to six million individuals for the 2015 plan year. The company projects hypergrowth will continue through 2018, as a number of factors inhibiting early growth will dissipate, while several accelerators will spur further adoption. These factors, combined with the employer’s desire to meet consumers’ demand for choice and flexibility in a retail-like shopping experience, will lead to 40 million members on private exchanges by 2018.
The second guest on this week's program will be JoAnne Novak, AVP Business Development at Hartville Pet Insurance Group, providers of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. As one of the oldest and largest pet insurance providers in the U.S., Hartville has committed itself to helping more pet parents have access to reliable and affordable pet insurance plans. According to the American Pet Products Association, roughly 68 percent of U.S. households have a pet, and last year, over $15 billion was spent on veterinary care. In this segment, JoAnne will discuss what’s driving the increasing demand for pet health insurance as a voluntary benefit as well as what makes pet insurance relevant for the workforce in connection with health care consumerism and private exchanges.
Join Partners in Health and Biz talk show host Gail Dixon this Saturday, January 31, 2015 and learn what you can do now to get affordable health coverage before the February 15, 2015 deadline and avoid a tax penalty this April. Call into the studio with your questions and/or comments: 347-945-7433.
If figuring out your 2015 health insurance is still on your "To Do" list, here are the three things you need to know:
It's not too late! Open Enrollment is...well, open! If you haven't applied for coverage, you still have time.
Have coverage from last year? Check to see if your current plan is still the best one for you. Many carriers have changed their pricing and you may want to choose a different plan.
Worried that health insurance is too expensive? Many people qualify for a tax credit subsidy that lowers the premium they pay each month. Example: subsidies are available for individuals with income between $11,670 and $46,680, or a family of four with income between $23,850 and $95,400.
Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage runs through February 15, 2015. During this time you can sign up for new coverage, change plans, or find out if you can get help paying for your coverage.
On this week's edition of HealthCare Consumerism Radio, the hosts welcome two special guests to the program for a discussion on health care payments, health engagement, life insurance, health incentives and more.
The first guest on the program will be Vineet Gulati, chief executive officer of HealthExpense. Similar to the shift from pension plans to individual retirement accounts years ago, employers are switching from defined benefit to a defined contribution that their employees control. Therefore, the employee-consumer today has to make more health insurance and health care purchasing decisions. This shift has been rapid, and consumers need to learn very quickly how to use vehicles like HSAs, FSAs and HRAs to cope with this expense-shift. In this interview, Vineet and the hosts will discuss what problems this shift is causing across the health care ecosystem and the innovations that are emerging to deal with these changes.
For the second segment on the show, the hosts will talk with Tal Gilbert, senior vice president of marketing and innovation for The Vitality Group. Tal and the hosts will be discussing an innovative new solution that brings together life insurance and wellness incentives. John Hancock Insurance recently launched a new approach to life insurance in the U.S. that rewards people for healthy living. Developed through an exclusive, first-ever life insurance partnership with The Vitality Group, the new solution integrates life insurance with a comprehensive healthy living program.
Welcome to class 6 of Introduction to Health Insurance. This class completed the course of the introduction to health insurance and will be followed by Health care billing and coding procedures. Your final exam will be sent to you this weekend.
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Welcome to class five of Introduction to health insurance. To be successful in this class please be sure to listen to the entire class. You should also have your required text books. Be sure to send your Instructor the attendance flag word at the end of the class.
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Welcome to Introduction to health Insurance. To be best in this class be sure to have the required materials and textbook. At the completion of this class, you must send your Instructor the attendance flag word to receive attendance credits. Enjoy your learning experience!
Welcome to Introduction to Health Insurance class 4. Be sure to have note taking materials, your required text book and your lesson plan or syllabus for the class. At the end of the class you are required to send your Instructor the attendance flag word to recieve proper attendance credits.
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Welcome to SMB Tech Schools Introduction to Health Insurance class. When working in any business, to be able to sustain the operation of the business there is usually a fee for service. In the healthcare professional it is the same. Patients can elect to be private pay or pay with cash or patients often have a health insurance policy to assure that when they are ill or need an annual check up the policy will generally cover the cost of the healthcare professionals providing the patient service.
In this class you will learn the basics of health insurance. To be successful in this class you will need your course syllabus, text book and writing materials. In order to gain attendance credits you will need to completely listen to the class and send the Instructor your attendance flag word upon completion of this class and every class.d
We look forward to a great learning experience! Enjoy your learning journey!
Tom Kucan returns to Anna's Journey to discuss health insurance.
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Just like so many pet owners, Susan Thixton learned the 'truth' about pet foods the hard way. Her four legged best friend, Sam, died from bone cancer. From that day forward, Susan studied the pet food industry. TruthaboutPetFood.com began in 2004; today pet owners from all over the world visit TruthaboutPetFood learning about pet food regulations, ingredients, and recall alerts. TruthaboutPetFood.com provides a free newsletter and hosts a subscription based pet product review publication Petsumer Report. Susan is also the author of Buyer Beware and co-author of Dinner PAWsible.
TruthaboutPetFood.com's author is a founding partner of the international pet food consumer association -Association for Truth in Pet Food. Through our consumer association, Susan has advisory position to AAFCO's Pet Food Committee and Ingredient Definitions Committee.
More guests yet to be announced
Dr. Michael Wong is one of fewer than 200 board-certified veterinary neurologists in North America. He was one of the first veterinary neurologists to complete the Advanced Neurosurgical Course.
Dr. Wong has lectured at the local, state and national level, and has instructed veterinary students at the University of Florida. He has published articles on magnetic resonance imaging, new treatments for encephalitis, treatment of brain tumors and neurosurgery. He enjoys all aspects of neurology, neurosurgery, and MRI, but his passions include spinal surgery, seizure management, management of encephalitis, and MRI in the diagnosis of neurological disease.
Have you been considering pet insurance but confused as to what it covers, or what type of policy to get, what to look for when shopping for insurance, and what the best fit is for your pets? Chris Middleton from Pets Best Insurance will explain everything you need to know to get the right coverage for your pets
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