health care 101

BluesWeek: Helping Health Care Consumers Benefit from Patient Safety Awareness Week

Starting today, we’ll be publishing BluesWeek, a weekly snapshot of initiatives, events and other newsworthy items, here on Blues Perspectives. It previously was an email advisory sent mostly to news media. March 4-10 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, and the … Continue reading

‘Total Body Health’ Junior Achievement Storefront to Educate Kids About Health Insurance and Financial Literacy

Educating young people about health insurance and health care planning empowers them to make better choices as they grow into adulthood. This is why we are proud to partner with Junior Achievement and Quicken Loans in support of the Quicken … Continue reading

Health insurance 101: Explaining hospital charges and patient costs

Eighth in a series of posts to help you better understand health insurance and how recent changes affect you. If you’ve ever glanced at an Explanation of Benefits form, you know that it contains a confusing array of dollar figures, … Continue reading

Health insurance 101 – How to read your Explanation of Benefits ( EOB)

Many people find their Explanation of Benefits statements difficult to understand or confuse them with a bill. Different insurers use different terms and formats, so you should direct specific questions to your insurance company. But here’s a general guide for … Continue reading

Health insurance 101 – A glossary of common insurance terms

Sixth in a series of posts to help you better understand health insurance and how recent changes affect you. Confused about health insurance? You’re not alone. The health care industry is a highly regulated, complex delivery system with multiple stakeholders, … Continue reading

Health insurance 101: Health savings accounts help consumers fill gaps in coverage

Pairing an HSA with a high-deductible health plan… can be a smart way to go. Continue reading

Health insurance 101: How Blues plans reward individual wellness

Fourth in a series of blog posts featuring frequently asked questions about health care insurance. Previously, we discussed the rise of consumer-directed health care among insurance plans. Those plans sometimes involve provisions designed to encourage or even reward individuals who … Continue reading

Health insurance 101: Rising costs spur changes in health plan designs

Second in a series of blog posts to help you better understand health insurance and how recent changes affect you. We welcome your comments and questions. As health care costs rise, the types of plans offered to employees are expanding. … Continue reading

Health insurance 101: Costs are rising. What should consumers do?

First in a series of blog posts to help you better understand health insurance and how recent changes affect you. Let’s face it: Health insurance can be a dry and complicated business. And it’s not easy deciphering the various concepts, … Continue reading