Here are all the articles I wrote during March, 2012. I hope they're useful to you.

March 20th, 2012

Anthem Blue Cross In-Hospital Network Update

IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT

Anthem Blue Cross has been unable to re-negotiate its contracts with the following hospitals, so they are now considered out-of-network.

In Southern California:

  • Los Robles Regional Medical Center
  • West Hills Hospital
In Northern California:
  • Regional Medical Center of San Jose
  • Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose
If you are currently in the middle of treatment at one of these hospitals and are concerned about the disruption of care, please let me know and I’ll tell you how to handle it.

But, just because there is no contract with these hospitals right now, doesn’t mean there won’t be one in the future.   Negotiations continue behind the scenes.

To find alternate hospitals in your area, go to www.anthem.com/ca and click on Find A Doctor.

Sometimes I just hate being the messenger!

 

 

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March 5th, 2012

More Cheap Drugs In Your Neighborhood

What do ex-Facebook employees do when they leave the mother of all jobs?   Of course, they start their own online service, GoodRx.com.

Want to find the best price for your prescription at a pharmacy near you?   Type in the name of your drug and zip code.  Et voila!   You’ll see all of your local pharmacies and what they’re charging.  There are even handy coupons for some drugs.

Wouldn’t it be great to pay less than your insurance co-pay for prescriptions?    Yes, of course it would!

Another handy resource from The Insurance Mom to you!…

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