SENSE AND CENTSIBILITY 5 Expenses That Are Worth The Money
Trying to cover all your living costs, plus save for emergencies and retirement can be a daunting task. Sometimes, the challenge is downright overwhelming. Being frugal can help, but dont confuse bein... Posted on 4/17/13 at 9:22 AM
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA How your premium dollars are used
Have you ever wondered how your premium dollars are spent?
The answer might surprise you.
Roughly 90 percent of premium dollars are used to pay for medical care and services used by members.
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HEALTHBEAT The handbook of hard-luck tales
Ever since Costs of Care announceda national essay contest for people's personal stories abouttheir health care bills, I've been eagerly checking the website to see how the contest is faring.
The wai... Posted on 12/9/10 at 6:51 PM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Autism advocates push for health insurance
BISMARCK A Dickinson father wants kids like his 8-year-old son to be able to get the help they need.
Nick Gates is pushing for Noahs Law, which would require health insurance coverage for autism spe... Posted on 9/22/10 at 9:08 AM
Judges on a federal appeals court panel on Wednesday repeatedly raised questions about President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, expressing unease with the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance or face penalties.
By Greg Bluestein, The Associated Press
, June 09, 2011
WASHINGTON — The top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that a controversial House Medicare plan is “on the table” as President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals wrestle over budget cuts to enact this summer.
By Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press
, May 29, 2011
BISMARCK — Conservative North Dakota lawmakers want the state to do more to fight the federal health care law.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has already joined a federal lawsuit filed by 25 other state attorneys general challenging the constitutionality of the law.
By Teri Finneman, Forum Communications Co.
, March 04, 2011
During this campaign season, I’ve read with interest the opposition’s political advertising and letters to the editor about Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown, Rep. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, and myself voting against our children and not expanding health care coverage to more uninsured children in North Dakota. In a letter to the editor, one of the opposing candidates said we left 1,158 children with no health insurance.
The exact opposite is true.
The Sanford Health Plan now has the OK to begin selling its group insurance coverage to employers in North Dakota.
The announcement, made Thursday, has been expected since February, when North Dakota insurance regulators gave Sanford approval to sell in the state, but still was reviewing plan coverage details.
By Patrick Springer, Forum Communications Co.
, June 11, 2010
One of the largest employers in the State of North Dakota is the state government itself. State employees currently enjoy one of the best health insurance policies in the nation. During the health care debate these types of plans were called Cadillac plans. The federal plan passed by the U.S. House and signed into law Tuesday will have a large impact on the insurance plan the State of North Dakota provides its employees.
As Congress approaches a showdown on health care reform, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted to improving health care reports recessions since 2000 “have taken a tremendous toll on people’s ability to afford health insurance and employers’ capacity to offer it.”
In North Dakota, the number of uninsured people in the middle class (family income between $40,000 and $75,000) jumped from 15,000 in 2000 to 17,000 in 2008, according to the report released today Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
By Chuck Haga, Forum Communications Co.
, March 17, 2010
Democratic moderates who control the balance of power on health care legislation balked Tuesday at a government-run insurance option for millions of Americans, underscoring the enormity of the challenge confronting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid one day after he unveiled the plan as a consensus product.
By David Espo, The Associated Press
, October 28, 2009
North Dakota’s senior senator — who’s been influential in the health care reform debate — refused to answer directly Wednesday whether he was willing to break party lines on the issue of a public health insurance option.
There’s reason to fear that, even with reform, the nation’s total outlays for health care — currently 17 percent of gross domestic product — will continue to soar, and so will federal health spending and insurance premiums.
Have you noticed a climate of hate and mean-spiritedness in the land?
Whether inspired by racism or not, it certainly exists.
This isn’t a unique psychological phenomenon. Remember the brutal anti-unionism of the 1930s, the McCarthy-era anti-communist scare of the 1950s, and the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s and early 1970s?
Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers
, October 01, 2009
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