Walgreens will sell health insurance
So says a news report. As a result of health care reform, plenty of companies that don't sell insurance plan to start.
Walgreens is getting into the business of health insurance, according to a news report, and it's just the start. Many companies want a piece of a multibillion-dollar opportunity: selling health insurance on private exchanges before the public exchanges mandated by health care reform are up and running in 2014.
In fact, Walgreens, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, plans to start selling insurance on a private exchange this fall, CNNMoney said, citing sources. A company spokesman wouldn't confirm those plans.
Looks like the millions of uninsured and underinsured -- long ignored and unwanted by the health care industry -- will have plenty of choices to buy individual coverage. Why? Because all kinds of companies have figured out there's a way to make money in this.
CNNMoney said, "Retailers, financial services providers and a large payroll processer are among firms that are actively looking into starting private health insurance exchanges that are separate from public exchanges."
What will these private exchanges be like? Emily P. Walker wrote at MedPage Today, "An example of a private health insurance exchange that is already up and running is the company eHealthInsurance, which offers more than 10,000 insurance products online through partnerships with 180 health insurance companies." Post continues after video.
Here's what to keep in mind as these private exchanges begin to appear:
People who buy insurance on private exchanges won't be eligible for subsidies that will make insurance on the public exchanges affordable to just about everyone.
So how could they compete in price? They'll likely offer a wide range of health insurance policies, and some, speculates "zenbassoon" at Daily Kos, won't be very good. Special policies like so-called cancer insurance should be avoided.
Also, insurance sold on the public exchanges must meet certain standards of coverage. Not necessarily so with products sold on private exchanges, zenbassoon says. Again, the buyer should beware.
Chris Hoffman, chief marketing officer of investment banking firm TripleTree, told CNNMoney that the companies might compete by offering loyalty programs or bundling health insurance with other policies (e.g., when you get a break for buying car and homeowners insurance from the same company).
Another thing to keep in mind: Federal law won't prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to adults with pre-existing conditions until 2014. (A federal- and state-sponsored program is in place to help out some of those folks right now.)
Selling health insurance seems like a logical move for Walgreens, which, along with CVS and Wal-Mart, has medical clinics in some of its stores. Will you be interested in buying if the news report is correct?
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Just what consumers "NEED".....more companies getting into a business THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT and that will FOLD when they see its more expensive and more complex than they thought......leaving people UNINSURED.....the whole POINT to begin with ?
We already have someone "IN CHARGE" that knows NOTHING about health care....its called "THE GOVERNMENT" .......
I was in favor of health care reform, but not any where like this corporate insurance company driven monstrosity. The whole thing was lobbied by the corporate insurance giants to force people to buy insurance instead of being able to buy coverage we would voluntarily want. The one thing we needed was an affordable public option that would make the giant insurance companies honest. That scared the he** out of the CEO's and they used FUD ( fear, uncertainty and doubt made famous by MicroSoft marketing) to change reform into a system that forces people to buy their product. The corporations just can't seem to be brought under control.
You can see where they already work with United on predicting what chronic illnesses you might get as well and underwriters have used your prescription records for years to determine policy premiums so when they sell insurance be ready for the risk assessment policy to be offered. As consumers we may have to really look to make sure the policy is in our best interest and not just one that offers lower exposure for the insurer, as this is a "for profit" business model here. It's all about the math.
this whole health care fiasco has only come into play due to george bushes failure
with bill clinton to implement the free universal health care
everyone opens doors for more scams and the intent of corps to close or pass you on-
the 200 million plus contributions from other providers was set- co-op health-bush gave it to the world soccer leauge-
france's system was set up by me- and basha-AND I DESIGNED OXFORD AND ORTHONET-WESTCHESTER NEUROLOGICAL
HMO'S-BUILT HOSPITALS WHICH HAVE ALL BEEN TAKEN OVER
WHEN THE DOCTOR SAYS YOIU ARE BETTER OFF AT HOME THAN IN THE HOSPITAL- SCARY THEY PROVED IT DAI;LY
state runs the agency with community members- cheaper to keep her-
we need to get rid of all of the poLiticians except west-rangel-dodd-boehner-a few others can stay-MICHELLE OBAMA-HE WILL BE A GREAT HELP MATE
johnny come newly- all lobby and suitcase-come in emoty leave out full
evan bayh was the next in line- for the president-they forced him out of congress so the deleware corporations COULD BE TAKEN BY EMPLOYEES OF STATE - PUT IT IN YA MADAM- BECAME A DOCTOR IN ISSINING NY USING MY COMPANY NAME-EVAN BAYH ASSISTED IN THE WRITING OF
language of universal health care- it seems we talk but want no one qualified to assist oUr president we elected
Walgreens is not going to make it in the insurance business. They have not done very well in the drug business and IMO will be going broke before long. They are under the same impression as CVS/Caremark. Bigger is better. When a company forgets whom made them into a company they are doomed. The customers made them, not the CEO's as all the companies believe. Sure they may give low prices on some drugs but when a patient needs the medicine and they are told to come back tomorrow its not good for business.
I do not want to disagree about the government on Medicare and VA but IMO they are cutting these programs so the have money to piss of on other crap. When the programs began they were excellent because they cared for the people. No longer is that the case. I received a link the other day showing some government program for foreigners in Spokane, WA where these people live for free, have hospitals, Drs, schools, new homes, maint. on the homes, and salaries paid to them to live. All this comes from Social Security. Now if that doesn't give Americans gas then you aren't a real American! I wonder why this program is being done? Oh yes, to help these become citizens for votes.
Medicare and the VA are the most efficiently run health care systems in the United States. With an overhead of about 3%, and the highest satisfacation rates by far. Most people using them are quite pleased with the care they are provided.
To say the government knows nothing about healthcare is rediculous.
New competition can be good in healthcare, but it'd be nice to have an non-profit health care provider available to us consumers to choose from. It doesn't need to be government run, just non-profit. This would create serious competition and lower prices for all. As long as health is all about profits, then denying claims as much as possible will always be part of the game.
"So how could they compete in price?"
They can't. Insurance premiums are regulated. The premiums for any given policy are going to be exactly the same no matter who you buy it from.
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