Monthly Archives: April 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan ahead of pack with long-standing policy regarding insurance rescissions

Imagine planning to undergo surgery thinking you are well protected by your health insurance only to find out, just one day before you go under the knife, your coverage was dropped. That’s just what happened to a Dearborn man, and … Continue reading

CNBC’s ‘American Greed’ features Michigan health care fraud case cracked by Blues

A dark side of health care fraud will be revealed tonight on CNBC’s “American Greed” when the program reports on a Michigan doctor who bilked insurers, Medicare and patients out of at least $1.9 million. The program profiles Dr. Robert … Continue reading

National Walk@Lunch Day® celebrates the power of walking

The Michigan Blues will participate in National Walk @ Lunch Day on April 30th. This event, championed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, encourages people to take steps toward better health—even in the midst of a busy work … Continue reading

Breathe easy – Michigan goes smoke-free

Beginning May 1, smoking won’t be allowed in most public places in Michigan. What does this mean for Michigan residents? The Dr. Ron Davis Smoke Free Air Law prohibits smoking in public places such as businesses, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, … Continue reading

Michigan Blue Cross helps kick off Cover the Uninsured Week

Michigan Blue Cross is hosting a free seminar about how to apply for free or low-cost medical insurance programs such as MIChild, Healthy Kids and Medicaid for adults today. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are … Continue reading

What to expect from health care reform if you buy a new individual policy today

Our customer service representatives at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are getting lots of questions from members who buy individual plan coverage asking about changes in store from health care reform. We take a look at some of those … Continue reading

Health care reform targets Medicare ‘donut hole’, includes disability benefits

The new health care reform law targets the “donut hole” in Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and provides community living assistance for people with disabilities. We explore the measures here as part of our series on what reform means … Continue reading

Health care reform: high-risk pool aims to spread insurance to patients with costly medical conditions

One notable feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 – better known as health care reform – is the extension of coverage to high-risk individuals with costly medical conditions through the creation of insurance pools. The … Continue reading

How health care reform impacts ‘Cadillac’ plans, small businesses and group plans

One of the central talking points for health care reform during the long and heated push for its enactment was that if you currently receive health insurance from your employer, and you like your plan, you get to keep it. … Continue reading

What health care reform means for Michigan Blues members who buy individual policies

All this week in this space, we’ll be sharing our responses to many of the most commonly asked questions posed by Blues customers who wonder how health care reform will affect their policies and families. The series is meant as … Continue reading