|| Print ||
|Monday, September 27, 2010|
BY MARK THOMA
One of the provisions in the new health care bill is an end to the lifetime cap on benefits. As a state employee I have a plan that has such a limit but I also have an annual open enrollment period in which I am allowed to switch to another plan offered by the state benefits board.
So I have always wondered: If I get close to my lifetime benefit on one plan, can I then switch to another and start over again at zero?
This question will soon be moot, but does anyone know the answer?
In a related development Regence has decided to stop offering children's stand-alone health plans. From the linked Oregonian article:
Which was always the point about mandating coverage. If you prohibit insurance companies from screening based on pre-existing conditions then people can just wait until they are sick to enroll which raises costs, and thus premiums for everyone.
Democrats are using the threat of excluding companies that don't cooperate from participating in exchanges, so far this threat is not working. One suspects that insurance companies are trying to use actions such as this for more negotiating leverage, but is going to be an interesting ride for a while.
|A Good Leap Forward|
|A Taste of Heaven|
|Fast Food Slows Down|
|Startup or Grow Up?|
|Tight and Loose|
|Scotland vote on independence begins|
|Artificial sweeteners may lead to diabetes|
|General Mills expects to save $100M|
|Sony predicts $2.14B loss|
|United Airlines offers $100K buyouts to flight attendants|
|Microsoft acquires popular game 'Minecraft'|
|Cognizant to buy TriZetto|
Is your business ready to join us in the call for action? This opening panel includes Oregon businesses who will discuss why they signed the Oregon Climate Declaration, the investments they are making to reduce carbon emissions, and how their actions are affecting their companies.
Get ready for two days of special events produced with the EPA, Portland Timbers and ISOS before and after the GoGreen Conference on October 16.
First Call Resolution targets employee well-being and client satisfaction.
How six leading foundations are working together for a better Oregon.
Vigilant enters a New Year with a new president.
Sussman Shank is proud to announce that eight attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.
Lane Powell Shareholder William T. Patton has been appointed to the board of directors for Cascade AIDS Project, an organization that provides educational services and outreach to thousands of Oregonians living with HIV/AIDS.