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Healthcare Cost Increases to Hit 5-Year High in 2011, Hewitt Says

Employers will be feeling the pinch of rising healthcare costs next year, and they’ll be passing those healthcare costs to you, says Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company. According to Hewitt, employers can expect 2011 health care cost increases to be at their highest levels in five years, with an 8.8 . . . → Read More: Healthcare Cost Increases to Hit 5-Year High in 2011, Hewitt Says

Huge Generic Drug News! FDA Grants Tentative Approval for Generic Version of Cholesterol Drug Crestor

Huge news on the generic prescription drug front! The FDA has granted tentative approval to Sun Pharmaceuticals for a generic version of the blockbuster cholesterol drug Crestor.

Yes, that’s right: Crestor may finally have a generic version. Crestor is AstraZeneca’s best selling product with U.S. sales that totaled $1.26 billion in the first half of . . . → Read More: Huge Generic Drug News! FDA Grants Tentative Approval for Generic Version of Cholesterol Drug Crestor

Elvis the Cat: FDA Issues Warning on Buying Pet Drugs Online

We’re big fans of saving money by buying prescription drugs online both for ourselves and for our pets, but since the FDA has issued a warning on the dangers of buying pet drugs online, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you again to be careful in your online prescription drug purchases.

However, there are . . . → Read More: Elvis the Cat: FDA Issues Warning on Buying Pet Drugs Online

Ohio Adopts Emergency Rule for Child-Only Health Insurance Policies, Children With Pre-Exisitng Conditions

With five major health insurers (Aetna Life Insurance Co., Cigna Corp., Humana Insurance Co., United Healthcare, and Wellpoint) already exiting the child-only health insurance market in response to news health insurance requirements under healthcare reform, the State of Ohio has stepped up and decided to do something about it.

Under healthcare reform, health insurers . . . → Read More: Ohio Adopts Emergency Rule for Child-Only Health Insurance Policies, Children With Pre-Exisitng Conditions

Healthcare Reform: Medicare Drug Plans to Go Up As Much as 10%, Is Yours One?

Don’t look now! We may have been celebrating the news that Medicare Advantage premiums will be going down next year, but the news doesn’t look nearly as good for Medicare Part D. According to Avalere Health, a private research firm, Medicare Part D health insurance premiums will go up an average of 10 percent among . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Medicare Drug Plans to Go Up As Much as 10%, Is Yours One?

Back to School and The Tylenol Recall: Have You Restocked Your Children’s Medicine Cabinet With Generic Drugs

The now-infamous Tylenol Product Recall may be over, but we’re hearing from parents all over the country that their go-to over-the-counter children’s medicines still aren’t back on the shelf. As school starts and children are exposed to a whole new crowd of germs and viruses, what to do, what to do?

The question is especially . . . → Read More: Back to School and The Tylenol Recall: Have You Restocked Your Children’s Medicine Cabinet With Generic Drugs

As Doctors and Hospitals Consolidate, Their Prices Go Up

We have all noticed that health insurance premiums have gone up lately, but have you noticed how fast your medical bills have been rising lately? Maybe not as much, since we (hopefully!) don’t pay medical bills on a monthly basis, but health insurers have been putting the blame for rising health insurance premiums squarely on . . . → Read More: As Doctors and Hospitals Consolidate, Their Prices Go Up

Healthcare Reform: College Student Health Insurance Plans Continue… For Now

The first wave of healthcare reform measures kicked in last week, and it has sent most employers and health insurers scrambling to be in compliance with the new law, but one group of health insurerance plans is sitting tight for the moment: student health insurance plans. Although most health insurers are now being required to . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: College Student Health Insurance Plans Continue… For Now

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Claims Lives of 9 Infants in California, Spreads to the Northeast

If you think that this year’s deadly whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic has been isolated to California, think again. While whooping cough has claimed a record nine children in California this year, nine other states have reported at least 300 of cases whooping cough this year. While California has reported a whopping 4,223 cases of whooping . . . → Read More: Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Claims Lives of 9 Infants in California, Spreads to the Northeast

Link Of The Day: Georgia Free Clinic Network (GFCN)

With 50.7 million uninsured Americans, this weekend we thought we would highlight one of the organizations which is doing its part in bringing healthcare to the uninsured: the Georgia Free Clinic Network (GFCN).

The GFCN was founded in 2003. It is the statewide association of free and charitable medical and dental clinics in Georgia. These . . . → Read More: Link Of The Day: Georgia Free Clinic Network (GFCN)