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New Generic Drug Approval: Generic Aricept for Alzheimer's

Quick generic drug approval bulletin for today. If you have a family member or other loved who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new generic version of the Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride) orally disintegrating tablets which treats Alzheimer’s.

Considering a thirty-day supply of brand-name aricept is currently running about . . . → Read More: New Generic Drug Approval: Generic Aricept for Alzheimer's

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“Medically Necessary” and Letters of Medical Necessity (LMNs) (with a dash of Anthem Blue Cross)

In case you thought Anthem Blue Cross needed any more bad publicity, I read yesterday that the trial portion of Ephram Nehme’s lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross has finally started in Los Angeles.

We’ve been following this story since it was first reported in The Los Angeles Times last fall, but in case you haven’t, . . . → Read More: “Medically Necessary” and Letters of Medical Necessity (LMNs) (with a dash of Anthem Blue Cross)

News: Anthem Blue Cross Intends to Go Ahead with Health Insurance Increases on May 1

In our ongoing reporting of the California Anthem Blue Cross drama, Anthem Blue Cross executives stated to the California State Assembly’s health committee that the health insurance giant fully intends to go ahead with the rate increases which were originally scheduled to take effect on March 1.

In case you’ve been hiding under a health . . . → Read More: News: Anthem Blue Cross Intends to Go Ahead with Health Insurance Increases on May 1

Keeping Medical Care Affordable: “Reasonable and Customary”

If you are lucky enough to have health insurance, one of the keys to keeping a handle on your healthcare costs is understanding what are “reasonable and customary” charges under your health insurance policy. If you can understand your health insurance policy’s “reasonable and customary” charges, you will have taken the first step in finding . . . → Read More: Keeping Medical Care Affordable: “Reasonable and Customary”

More Breaking News: Anthem Blue Cross Accused of over 700 State Law Violations

In more Anthem Blue Cross News, California State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner just announced that Anthem Blue Cross violated state law more than 700 times over a three-year period by failing to pay medical claims on time and misrepresenting policy provisions to customers.

Each violation carries with it a maximum fine of $10,000 so, so . . . → Read More: More Breaking News: Anthem Blue Cross Accused of over 700 State Law Violations

Emergency! Emergency! How to be Smart About Using the Emergency Room

Let’s get this out of the way: If you are having a medical emergency, you should absolutely head to your nearest emergency room as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you are in danger of bleeding out to go to the emergency room.

We’re not going to give you a hard and fast definition of . . . → Read More: Emergency! Emergency! How to be Smart About Using the Emergency Room

California and New York: Two Studies For Health Insurance Reform

Two interesting articles surfaced in The Los Angeles Times today, and I thought they were an interesting study in contrasts as we continue slogging through the healthcare debate.

One is about the plight of health insurance consumers in California, where health insurance is relatively lightly regulated. As is well-publicized now in the aftermath of Anthem . . . → Read More: California and New York: Two Studies For Health Insurance Reform

Don’t Forget About Your Community Health Center!

If you have only recently started experiencing what it is like to struggle without health insurance in the United States, you may have never thought about visiting a community health center. But if like many uninsured Americans, you are struggling to get basic medical care and preventive treatment like vaccines, community health centers can be . . . → Read More: Don’t Forget About Your Community Health Center!

High-Deductible Health Insurance Follow-up: High-Deductible Health Insurance and Health Savings Accounts

In the fantastic response we received to our previous blog on high-deductible health insurance, we received some questions about what health savings accounts are and how to use them in conjunction with a high-deductible health insurance plan, so we wanted to have a follow-up blog on health savings accounts.

Health savings accounts (usually called HSAs) . . . → Read More: High-Deductible Health Insurance Follow-up: High-Deductible Health Insurance and Health Savings Accounts