Here’s a roundup of this morning’s posts.
Louise Norris of Colorado Health Insurance Insider looks at a story from NPR and KHN on individuals who are self-employed and struggling with purchasing health coverage. Norris, an insurance broker, did some comparative shopping and says, “I checked rates for a healthy, non-smoking, 52 year-old female, and came up with a range of options priced between $200/month and $260/month for a good quality, $5000 deductible, HSA qualified plan (people like Lyn, who rarely need their health insurance and are in good health, are good candidates for high deductible plans). So hopefully Lyn will get a pleasant surprise when she gets her quotes, and the premiums won’t be as high as she was expecting.”
Heritage’s Conn Carroll expands on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s (R) health reform ideas. They include purchasing pools, tax credits and portability of health insurance.
The Hastings Center has launched a new blog that features contributors from around the health policy blogosphere writing about values in connection with health reform.
James Capretta of the New Atlantis does some number crunching and concludes that the health overhaul bills in Congress “send signals to low-wage breadwinners that it no longer makes sense to seek a higher-paying job.”
One of the first health policy blogs to gain traction in the blogosphere, The Health Care Blog, is abuzz with the start of the Health 2.0 Conference, a gathering of medical, policy and technology professionals about online tools that seek to improve the doctor-patient relationship and give consumers more tools to manage their health.
And because the health policy world isn’t always serious, here’s another parody of a tonuge-in-cheek PSA that featured celebrities mocking insurance company executives. This time it features the line, “People are saying mean things about Big Goverment.” (Hat tip: Insure Blog.)