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2014-08-19 20:24:25

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to news of Blue Shield's new $2.5 - $8 million luxury skybox at the 49ers' new stadium, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris asking for an investigation of "Blue Shield's abuse of its non-profit status" and for immediate steps to "block any additional wasteful spending that robs taxpayers and average California patients of their financial health." November ballot...

2014-08-14 16:26:45

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kaiser's announcement of a 40 percent increase in profits to $2.1 billion for the first half of this year is the latest in a string of hefty health insurer profit reports that illustrate why Proposition 45's protections against price gouging are desperately needed, said Consumer Watchdog today. Proposition 45 will prohibit excessive profits and require health insurers to get approval for rate hikes. It applies the same...

2014-08-11 20:24:56

PHOENIX, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross(®) Blue Shield(®) of Arizona Advantage (BCBSAZ Advantage), an affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), has named Dave Firdaus as Chief Executive Officer. BCBSAZ Advantage is a joint venture between Banner Health and BCBSAZ to sell Medicare products. Firdaus previously served as Senior Vice President of Population Health for Accretive Health, Inc. "BCBSAZ Advantage's mission to serve the Arizona senior...

2014-08-11 16:27:21

Prop 45 Will Protect Overcharged Consumers From Paying for Massive Health Insurer Profits SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The report of HealthNet's $120.9 million second quarter profit, which is 4 times its 2013 second quarter profit, is yet another reminder, amid a slew of massive health insurer profit reports, of the need for Proposition 45's protections from health insurer profiteering said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. Proposition 45 will shine a light...

2014-08-08 16:23:08

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and their respective subsidiaries (KFH/HP) reported today a combined total operating revenue of $14.0 billion for the quarter ending June 30, 2014, compared to $13.3 billion in the same period in 2013. Operating income was $653 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $614 million in the same quarter last year. Net non-operating income was $348 million in the...

2014-08-08 08:25:51

Builds on 78-Year Commitment to Illinois Communities CHICAGO, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is awarding $3,380,000 to nonprofit health and human service organizations that are making meaningful differences in the lives of the people of Illinois. "Giving back to help our communities is part of our 78-year legacy of serving the people of Illinois," says Donna Gerber, vice-president, Public Affairs and Community Investments. "Just as the...

2014-08-06 23:07:50

Lee Newcomer, M.D., a senior vice president at UnitedHealthcare, discussed the results of a successful pilot oncology project the insurer conducted in the Aug. 4 issue of Atlantic Information Services’s Health Plan Week. Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 06, 2014 Recent results from a UnitedHealthcare oncology-focused bundling pilot have caught the attention of the health insurance industry by demonstrating that the model saves money for more than just procedural care, like knee...

2014-08-05 12:31:24

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With participation from nearly 16,000 walkers, the 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, held in five locations across Pennsylvania this spring, helped 184 local non-profit organizations raise a record-breaking $1.19 million. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the walks in Bethlehem, Erie, Harrisburg, Johnstown and Pittsburgh have generated more than $1 million and brings the 12-year fundraising total for the walks to $7.8 million,...

2014-08-04 23:05:55

Grant proposals must address factors contributing to poor birth outcomes, infant mortality. Baltimore (PRWEB) August 04, 2014 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) is committing up to $3.3 million over the next three years in programs seeking to improve birth outcomes and lower infant mortality rates in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. CareFirst, the region’s largest health insurer, has issued a request for proposals from community health centers, nonprofit...

2014-07-28 16:23:23

'Health and Wellness University' event teaches kids about being healthy, staying active and living fearless HARRISBURG, Pa., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Living healthy while having fun is a key message professional athletes will share with more than 120 children, whose parents work at Capital BlueCross, during a special "Health and Wellness University" program from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the company's headquarters in Harrisburg. Highlighting the day will be a...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.