Author Archives: Emily Bouse

The Health Insurance Buying Experience of the Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace, or Health Exchange, is meant to be a site in which comparing and purchasing health care coverage is simpler. Coverage plans are split into four metal levels:  bronze, silver, gold and platinum.  Each coverage plan offered … Continue reading

Defining the Health Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace is just one of the resources available to purchase health care coverage, beginning in October 2013.  The Health Insurance Marketplace is the only place for individuals to receive tax credits and cost-share help from the government. … Continue reading

How Much Will Health Care Reform Cost Me?

The answers to this question may vary depending on many factors (income, place of employment, etc.) Individuals that earn $14,440 – $43,320 a year, and families that earn $29,330 – $88,200 a year can qualify for government tax credits to … Continue reading

What Exactly Is Health Care Reform?

By Jan. 1, 2014 everyone is required to have health care, and it can be obtained through individual purchase, the workplace or government subsidies (Medicare or Medicaid).  If everyone is covered, then overall risks are lowered, and eventually costs will … Continue reading

What’s Really Going On With Health Care Reform?

Currently, we spend 17 percent of every dollar we earn on health care, and that number is only going to continue to rise. Over 50 percent of the U.S. population is living with a chronic disease.  Treatment for this huge … Continue reading

Grant partnership ensures 35,000 Michigan kids get a healthier start to their school day

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) recently announced 75 Michigan schools were awarded grants totaling $250,000 to provide healthy breakfasts in more classrooms. The Building Healthy Communities through Breakfast: First Fuel Breakfast … Continue reading