Employee Benefits

Why You Might Want to “Fear the Steer”

Who Would Steer You to Fill Prescriptions at Their Own Specialty Pharmacies? They Decide Your Destination We have shared multiple examples of the cost to a “captive healthcare audience”, especially in hospitals and there is a variation occurring that can impact your co-pays and overall medication spending. This growing trend happens when hospitals and health systems are …

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Decoding & Understanding Those Dreaded Medical Bills

As part of our ongoing efforts to empower readers to be better health care consumers, this entry is intended to help you untangle medical bills’ jargon and ambiguity. For previous or future entries and updates, visit our blog page here.  Unwelcome Communication When a medical bill finally arrives, it is not a welcome delivery. Beyond …

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When No Surprises are a Good Surprise

One of the best “surprises” of 2022, which affects anyone paying bills for healthcare, is the “No Surprises” Act.1 It went into effect at the start of the year.  What the act is intended to do is indicated in its name.  Officially, it is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, its purpose is to eliminate a …

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