Posted: 2:28 pm Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Nathan Deal is having second thoughts about new health insurance plan 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal is trying to soothe the unrest over his administration’s controversial decision to go with a single insurer to manage health care for 650,000 public employees and their families.

Deal brushed aside the push by state Superintendent John Barge, one of his GOP challengers, for an investigation into how Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia was awarded the lucrative contract. He called it a hollow “political shot” in an interview Thursday.

But what he said next was more important:

“It’s more important to deal with the problems on hand. We are doing that and we’ll have an announcement very soon about some proposed changes to the state health benefit plan that we think will address some of the concerns that teachers and state employees have experienced.”

Some quick context: UnitedHealthcare, one of two companies that held the main contract until this month, is at the center of a lawsuit that has challenged the insurance switch. The company argued the Department of Community Health had engaged in “state-sponsored bid-rigging” and that the switch would lead to higher fees and less options.

Deal has tried to distance himself from the decision, but he appointed the leaders and the board members of the community health department. The governor said Thursday the complaints about higher costs are partly linked to new costs under the Affordable Care Act, and said the switch came after a “long and protracted” process.

The health care package also includes a nod to the pro-life crowd. By executive order, the insurance plan offers no coverage for abortions.

But Deal said that a move was underfoot to restore other health care options:

“It would be nice and I wish that we did have more than one provider available at this point in time. And we’ll work to make sure we did have more than one provider available at this point in time. We’ll work to make sure that does occur in the future … Hopefully there will be more options provided.”

Whatever choice he makes, it makes for an awkward decision. His attorney Randy Evans also represents UnitedHealthcare in its legal challenge.

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GeorgiaVoter
GeorgiaVoter

What exactly is he trying to say here?  It make NO sense to me at all.  Somebody please translate!  "“It’s more important to deal with the problems on hand. We are doing that and we’ll have an announcement very soon about some proposed changes to the state health benefit plan that we think will address some of the concerns that teachers and state employees have experienced.”

Charles50
Charles50

They should have listened to the employees months ago when this was originally being considered.  Almost everyone I spoke to had a problem with it.  Most were UHC members who were VERY happy with their plan.  Apparently the Gov gave DCH an order to cut state cost at any cost, to hell with employees.  So he went with the universal name in healthcare, BC/BS.   So far between DCH and them it has not gone well.  Missing plan cards, incorrect addresses.  Members uncertain about whether or not their doctor takes the plan.  And the prescriptions aren't much better especially if you didn't use Express Scripts last year.  

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

The policy makers believed they could take away insurance choice from 650,000 state employees and the employees would be gullible enough to buy the "it's obamacare"defense.

We'll wait for the rest of the story.

DS
DS

To be fair, the plans probably would've been more stingy this year anyway, even if the state offered more plans from different companies. Plans have been trending that way for the past 10 years or so.

But still, there's no excuse for not offering plans from 3-4 different insurers to maintain competition, which would drive better rates, value and service. A single plan smacks of corruption and backroom deals.

Somebody really dropped the ball on this one.

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

of course it's all Obama's fault, right Governor Deal.  Because you are the epitome of ethical responsibility., working hard to serve the people of Georgia, be they liberal or conservative.  *dripping with sarcasm*

Bulldawgz
Bulldawgz

As a retired Georgia educator, I was very pleased with my coverage last year with United HealthCare.  One thing I have already noticed with the new BCBS plan is that the HRA incentives are much more time consuming to earn.  I know how busy I stay in retirement, and for active employees, it seems that it will be very difficult for them to find the extra time for setting health goals, tracking them, participating in health coaching, etc., to earn many of the extra HRA incentive dollars.  (In addition, with both United HealthCare and BCBS, I have found that it is simply cheaper for me to pay cash for meds and save any unused HRA dollars for doctor office visits, etc.)  The pharmaceutical co-pay portion of both plans seems very weak.   Again, however, it really surprised me when United HealthCare was no longer listed as a potential vendor.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

ThIs was so blatantly a political move by the state GOP. And it is not funny. We all know conservative s don't want government to work...so drive the best employees out by stagnating wages and killing benefits.

Then these conservative d1cks have the audacity to blame the ACA. Their followers are stupid enough to believe it...even after the state health comm said it had nothing to do with the ACA. When bidding is not competitive price tags rise. It is very simple. ..indeed that is how monopolies make so much money.

Only in a red state.

LSCHAP
LSCHAP

How many people have use their insurance a lot yet? Here's what's happened to me

 I have had multiple prescriptions filled since my Silver plan started, and I have paid only $20 out of my HRA for each prescription. My "Traditional Health Insurance" under the HRA has covered everything else. They've paid out over $400 for me for prescrptions this year so far....


They also covered a $680 visit to the doctor for my son who had to have his yearly immunizations,  $300 bone density scan, and a $300 annual exam. Through all of that, I have only spent $100 of my HRA, and no money out of pocket. 


So far, I've been damn happy with my BCBS Silver Insurance.....

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Always shocked to see that rational folks actually read the likes of Bernie and MaryElizabethsings. Once you know such posters and their repeated mantra - why not just skip over them?

EdUktr
EdUktr

@MaryElizabethSings:


MaryElizabeth: We already get it! You really, really, really, really, really hate Republicans—and no doubt believe the Koch brothers are under your bed at night.

But why not find Obama rallies to haunt, rather than ENDLESSLY REPEATING your partisan bunk on this and other AJC blogs??

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

All this bitterness and pretending Deal will not be easily re-elected.  At some point there will have to resignation among these posters to the reality, and make the best of it.

Anonymous_2
Anonymous_2

??????????????? Why is a strike not in order ?????????

RantNRave
RantNRave

NATHAN DEAL HAS GOT TO GO.

DEAL.....NO DEAL

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I hope all those affected and all their family and friends will vote out EVERY LEGISLATOR AND OFFICIAL who did not step in to stop this! That is EVERY SINGLE State-level elected person! And, for those who face no opposition, write in SOMEONE, ANYONE, to make our point!

I got several replies to my letters in the fall, and EVERY PERSON, INCLUDING OUR GOVERNOR, said they had NO POWER in this decision. So let's be sure they really have NO POWER!

Baltar
Baltar

It's more than the number of providers. It's the HRA only aspect. I have 4 kids. We get the same amount of HRA dollars as if we had 1 child. One daughter is Autistic. I'll be financially ruined. The state will see my 98% passing (10 yr average) leave teaching because it's not worth it. We need an HMO option or a heck of a lot more HRA dollars/deductible reduction. This is a horrific plan.

DawgsOnTop
DawgsOnTop

I was upset in August when DCH decided to go with a single provider for my health ins., but now I am down right mad.  I blame Deal & the DCH for this decision.  I am a life long Republican and I will make my voice heard loud and clear during the Republican Primary.  I am a teacher (19 years) and so is my wife (18 years).  I am asking every member of my family and my wife's family to vote in the Republican Primary (for Barge).  I have been shafted for the last time by Deal.  Deal can blame Obama Care/Universal Health Care &/or DCH all he wants, but I was happy with United Health Care and I am tired of being considered a dollar figure.  My wife and I have been furloughed for 8 days each (this school year) and our children will only attend school for 170 days because of budget cuts.  The last straw for me as a Republican was the decision for a single health care choice.


5 years ago my wife had a bi-lateral mastectomy because of breast cancer at the age of 34, went through months of radiation, and decided against reconstructive surgery.  We have 2 kids (7&12) and we survive.  We love our jobs and we love this state, but we do not feel respected by Deal.  My wife has to see her surgeon, an oncologist, and follow up with her regular doctor at least once a year due to the fact she had breast cancer.  It is scary to think how close we could be to bankruptcy if the doctors would have discovered her breast cancer this year instead of 5 years ago.


I am not saying all this to ask for any sympathy, but I want people to know how we are apart of the 650,000 people this health care decision effected......we all have a story and how it effects us.  Our family already has prescriptions we have to take for high blood pressure, blood sugar, anxiety, and Evista (Estrogen inhibitor because of breast cancer).  If we never get sick this year then maybe things won't be bad, but 'm wondering if Deal's gamble and budget cuts are worth it.  Since 2010, ENOUGH S ENOUGH.....NO MORE DEALS for this Republican!!



Already taken
Already taken

@hamiltonAZ  

Anyone could have made the choice to forfeit their employer-sponsored health care plan and sign up on the federal exchange marketplace, commonly called "Obamacare."  This includes any Georgia state employees and teachers covered under the State Health Benefit Plan.  If you did not sign up, and are complaining about not having "choices," then you failed to educate yourself about your options.

Justbeth
Justbeth

@Bulldawgz I feel the same way. My son is having surgery in April and if we went through the insurance company it would be about $3500.00 out of pocket right then. We worked out a deal with the doctor to pay in cash and will be doing the surgery for $800.00 instead and will use our flexible spending account to do so. I like UHC as well because BCBS has denied me some meds that I have been on for years, just because they think they're a cheaper version of the same pill, which is not true, when the formula of the drug is different!

Charles50
Charles50

@LSCHAP It sounds like so far you've had the "preventive" care things done which were also covered under last year's plan at no cost.  

LSCHAP
LSCHAP

@LSCHAPEverything on my BCBS website says Approved, and Member Responsibility = $0.00

KPillatzki
KPillatzki

@LSCHAP Your experience is the exception, not the rule. I suspect there is simply a lag between using your HRA dollars and having them deducted from your account. I think you might have some nasty surprises in store.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Pot, meet kettle. Laughable, coming from you, alleged centrist.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@The_Centrist


I notice that you, The_Centrist, as well as EdUktr, have carried your verbatim remarks over from the "Get Schooled" blog.  As I mentioned on that blog, I do not give you credibility nor do I value the opinions of either of you.  What I am exposing simply threatens your thinking, obviously.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@EdUktr  I presume she posts because there is an election coming up. I for one am glad to read the links she provides about ALEC and the Koch brothers.

And why do you keep endlessly repeating your partisan bunk on this and the Get Schooled blog? 

Stuffy
Stuffy

@The_Centrist Too funny. As I recall, the teachers were a big part of the reason Sonny Perdue nothing was elected to office the first time. I would not underestimate them if I were you.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@The_Centrist  If Barge is chosen as the Republican candidate in the Republican primary, that's the end of Nathan Deal.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Anonymous_2 Legal opinion of Georgia Attorney General, 1973, 73:56:  "...state employees are prohibited from striking."

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Wascatlady


Also, to learn more about what ALEC is up to in Georgia's legislature (where 38% are ALEC members) and in other state legislatures, read the information on following link.

See:

www.alecexposed.org 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Wascatlady  


You and others may be interested in the names of Georgia's legislators with ties to ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, which does not support public employees nor their benefits, including their pensions and their medical insurance as state "government" employees, because they are part of the public sector:



Georgia Legislators with ALEC Ties (last updated, August 12, 2013)

House of Representatives
Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-101); Communications and Technology Task Force[1]
Rep. David Casas (R-103); Education Task Force[2]
Rep. Josh S. Clark (R-98); International Relations Task Force[3]
Rep. Kevin Cooke (R-18); Public Safety and Elections Task Force [4]
Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-41)[5]; Health and Human Services Task Force[6]
Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-24); Education Task Force[7]
Rep. Terry England (R-108); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[8]
Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-36), former member of ALEC Board of Directors and ALEC State Chair[9]
Rep. Gerald E. Greene (R-149); International Relations Task Force[10]
Rep. Mark D. Hamilton (R-23); Public Safety and Elections Task Force[11]
Rep. Ben L. Harbin (R-118); International Relations Task Force[12]
Rep. Calvin Hill, Jr. (R-21), State Chairman,[5][13] Communications and Technology Task Force[14] and International Relations Task Force member[15] and recipient of ALEC's 2011 State Chair of the Year Award[16]
Rep. Jan Jones (R-46); Education Task Force[17]
Rep. Edward H. Lindsey, Jr. (R-54); Civil Justice Task Force [18]
Rep. Charles E. Martin, Jr. (R-47); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[19]
Rep. Howard R. Maxwell (R-17); Education Task Force[20]
Rep. John Meadows (R-5)[5]
Rep. Larry E. O'Neal (R-146); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[21]
Rep. Don L. Parsons (R-42); Communications and Technology Task Force[22]
Rep. Paulette Rakestraw-Braddock (R-19); International Relations Task Force[23]
Rep. Tom R. Rice (R-51)[5]; Public Safety and Elections Task Force [4]
Rep. Lynne Riley (R-50); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force [24]
Rep. Carl Rogers (R-26); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[25]
Rep. Donna Sheldon (R-105)[5]; Health and Human Services Task Force[26]
Rep. Lynn Smith (R-70); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[27]
Rep. Ed Setzler (R-35); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force [24]
Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-115) [28]

Senate
Sen. John E. Albers (R-56); Communications and Technology Task Force[29]
Sen. Don Balfour (R-9) [30]
Sen. Ronnie W. Chance (R-16); International Relations Task Force[31]
Sen. Steve Gooch (R-51); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[32]
Sen. Lee Hawkins (R-49)[5]
Sen. Bill Heath (R-31); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[33]
Sen. Jack Hill (R-4); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[34]
Sen. Judson Hill (R-32)[5]; Health and Human Services Task Force[35]
Sen. Barry D. Loudermilk (R-14); Communications and Technology Task Force[36]
Sen. Fran R. Millar (R-79); Education Task Force[37]
Sen. Jack Murphy (R-27); Public Safety and Elections Task Force [4]
Sen. Nan G. Orrock (D-36); Communications and Technology Task Force[38] - Sen. Orrock announced she was cutting ties with and denounced ALEC on April 17, 2012.[39] See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
Sen. Cecil P. Staton (R-18)[5]; International Relations Task Force[40]
Sen. Jesse Stone (R-23); Civil Justice Task Force[41]
Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-20); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[42]
Sen. Renee Unterman (R-45)[5]; Health and Human Services Task Force[43]

Former Representatives
Rep. Amos Amerson (R-9)[5] (did not run for reelection in 2012)
Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-24) [44]
Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-20)[5]; Health and Human Services Task Force[45]
Rep. Doug Collins (R-27); Civil Justice Task Force Member [46] (won election for U.S. House GA District 9 in November 2012)
Former Rep. Tom Graves (R-9),[5] former member of ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[47]; currently U.S. Rep. for Georgia[48]
Former Rep. Michael Harden (R-28); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[49] (resigned in May 2012 to take a senior leadership role at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs)
Rep. Mark Hatfield (R-177)[50]
Rep. Billy S. Horne (R-71); Public Safety and Elections Task Force [4] (did not run for reelection in 2012)
Former Rep. Robert Irvin (R-7, former House Minority Leader)[9]
Rep. Judy Manning (R-32); Health and Human Services Task Force[51]
Rep. James W. Mills (R-25)[5]; Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[52]
Rep. Kip Smith (R-129); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force [53] (lost the primary election in July 2012)
Former Rep. Len Walker (R-107, former House Majority Leader), listed in "1999 ALEC Leaders in the States" by ALEC[9]

Former Senators
Sen. Greg Goggans (R-7); Education Task Force[54] (did not run for reelection in 2012)
Sen. Johnny Grant (R-25); Public Safety and Elections Task Force [4] (lost the primary election in July 2012)
Sen. William Hamrick (R-30); Civil Justice Task Force [55]
Sen. Chip Pearson (R-51)[56]
Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-21),[5][56] State Chairman,[13] and recipient of ALEC's 2011 State Chair of the Year Award[16]. Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member. [24]
Former Sen. John Wiles (R-37), former State Chairman[57]


http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Georgia_ALEC_Politicians


MoFaux
MoFaux

While I support ousting Deal, your claim about bankruptcy is false. We have maximum out of pocket of around 5000, depending on which plan you chose. Please don't make up stuff, there are plenty of real reasons to vote him out.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@DawgsOnTop


Thank you for giving your personal testimony.  My sympathy is for you and your wife and your children.  You represent only one case of Georgians who are being hurt because of a national Republican agenda not to expand Medicaid (in trying to destroy the ACA).  Republican politicians are (and have been for more than a decade) deliberately (been) undercutting funding for public education in Georgia because it is part of the public "government" sector. 


I am earnestly appealing to you and to all Georgians who value the lives of ordinary citizens to vote the Democratic ticket in Georgia this November.  You will not regret having done so.  And, your worries will be so much less.


td1234
td1234

@DawgsOnTop I could not agree more. Dr Barge is the only choice in this election.

Justbeth
Justbeth

@Already taken @hamiltonAZ That's not true! If your employer offers a viable insurance program you are not eligible under Obamacare! We looked into it and were not eligible! So we ARE stuck with the insurance company that the State of Georgia chose for us!


Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I would certainly agree with you, kpillatzki.

Carlos_Castillo
Carlos_Castillo

@Stuffy @The_Centrist   State employees have been thrown from "Insurance under Obamacare 1st Class (PPOs)" to "Insurance under Obamacare 2nd class (POSs & HMOs)."  The HMO and POS plans have far fewer in-plan general practitioners and internists.  They have a natural inclination not to get hosed.  


There have been no pay increases for GA state employees since the beginning of the recession.  To compound the effect of the pay freeze by gutting health insurance strikes me as unwise from the standpoint of trying to retain good teachers or, for that matter, other state employees.


What you get in your workforce when those who are the most able to leave -- the most desirable employees -- leave for greener pastures is reverse natural selection.  The best are gone.


Five insurance companies all competing to deliver to state employees the same slimmed down list of in-plan providers and increased deductibles remains a gutting of the health insurance, no matter how attractively wrapped.  A pig with lipstick is still a pig.



Charles50
Charles50

@MoFaux By the way for the Bronze plan if I'm not mistaken the Out-of-pocket max is either $10,000 or $12,000.  

NewName
NewName

@MoFaux The out-of-pocket maximum does NOT apply to prescriptions.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@td1234@DawgsOnTop   I agree too. I have been a lifelong Democrat ever since I first voted  (JFK for President), but this year I will vote for Barge in the Republican primary. And then vote for Jason Carter in the election.

DrDSB
DrDSB

@anothercomment  Re-check your premise: "qualified for subsides resulting in them paying premiums of less than 100 per month" -- If I'm not mistaken, there are no subsides in Georgia b/c Georgia opted out.

Already taken
Already taken

@anothercomment  

Anyone could have made the choice to forfeit their employer-sponsored health care plan and sign up on the federal exchange marketplace, commonly called "Obamacare."  This includes any Georgia state employees and teachers covered under the State Health Benefit Plan.  If you did not sign up, and are complaining about not having "choices," then you failed to educate yourself about your options.  You would not be eligible for subsidies unless your employer-sponsored plan was considered sub-standard, as defined by the ACA.  Also, you would not have the employer contribution you receive under SHBP.  Those who were in favor of the Affordable Health Care Act should have been the very first to sign up!  Was it good enough for other people but not good enough for you?  If it is going to succeed it needs your support.  Why didn't you sign up?

anothercomment
anothercomment

Obama care has much better selections than the State Employeee plan for teachers and other plans. Obama care has all sorts of choice. teachers making 40,000 or 40,000 with two or three children and an non working spouse would have qualified for subsides resulting in them paying premiums of less than 100 per month. They could have picked a Humana Silver plan being that they would be in 150% of poverty level and had their choice of a POS that they could have had every hospital paid $25 copays $10 for generics. Deductibles should be only $500 per person or $1000 per family and a maximum out of pocket of 750 for person of $1500 for a family.

Certainly all the bus drivers, cafe workers, some para pros who are single and say they are single and make $14, 400 would only pay $25/ mo for the above plan. They could get the Humana HMO for $7/ mo.

Even if you are a higher earner and one of the $70 or 80 k teachers you can get a Humana Platinum POS Plan that has $25 co- pays $35 specialists, $10 generic co pays, $1000 deductible, $2000 family, $1,500. Max. Out of pocket, and $3000 max out of pocket for family.

You can buy this for a Child for $160/mo; $240 a 26 year old which beats what a new teacher pays for the state plan. Even a 63 year old pays around $600/mo. A family of 4 can make up to 94,500 on Obamacare and get a subsidy. This plan includes over 90% of local hospitals, Emory, Piedmont, Northside, st. Joes, Children's, Gwinett, Northside, Ridegview ( the only one I have not found is Peachford Mental Hospital, but the sister hospital in Gwinett is). Lots of Doctors are on it.

Or on Obamacare is the Bluecross and Blueshield HMO Gold It has a $25/35 co pay for Dr visits, Their is 10 drug co pays for generics. $750 deductible, $1500 deductible for a family. Blue cross Hospital and Doctor network is more limited then what the Humana POS has on it. but it still has Alot of Buckhead and Northside Doctors. the big problems is it limits you to Northside Hospitals, Children's or Grady.

They their are plenty of Kaiser plan options on Obama care. you can chose a 0 deductible if you make less than 150% of pp at silver for under $100/ mo and have $5 co pays or you can select A Gold Plan and have a zero deductible plan and have $20-25 co pays.

Obama care gives Alot mover choice than the meager plan the republicans offered state employees. Why didn't they offer a true Healthcare exchange like the Federal government offers their own employees. the Federal employees have health insurance. I suspect that the corrupt republicans have been raiding the self insurance fund of state employees for the last 11 years. the total premiums for a 650k group should not be over $1800 /mo , especially for such a minimum plan. Someone is skimming money.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Anonymous_2


You simply need to be more informed and you will see the differences in the present Republican Party and Democrat Party in Georgia.  Here is a starting point: www.alecexposed.org.

Anonymous_2
Anonymous_2

@OriginalProf @Anonymous_2 


I've lost faith in all elected officials. Big aspirations and promises prior to taking the position and then being drunk with power once in office. 


Charles50
Charles50

@MoFaux @NewName You can't say that based simply on premiums and co-pays.  We don't know what things BC/BS will pay for or deny for certain treatments.  Prescriptions and catastrophic medical problems are what bankrupt people.   I know someone who needed special shoes and was told it would take 2 weeks for them to make a decision about whether or not they would pay for them.  And they will only allow two pair every 3 or 5 years.  

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Wascatlady I did forget about HRA credits being used up on prescriptions, which does NOT go towards one's deductible.  This is a terrible waste on the consumer and a scam by BCBS.  Basically, if you have a lot of prescriptions, you can eat up your HRA credits on them, but without helping to meet the deductible at all.  What do you mean by full price meds?  I just bought some last night, but I have no idea how many credits they charged (not in system yet).  I will definitely look and compare to the cost of last year, although nothing I can do about it now.  Bear in mind, that the premiums are a little lower (mine dropped anyway) and preventive stuff is free.  But, I just checked on the price of insulin pumps, and yowza!  You certainly have a point if those are not covered at all, even though you can do injections as a substitute.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I foresee being bankrupted by this, as the limit on out of pocket does not take into account meds, which Bsbs can deduct from your HRA AT FULL PRICE. Also, durable medical equipment, such as insulin pumps and CPap machines, are NOT COVERED AT ALL!

MoFaux
MoFaux

@NewName @MoFaux While that is true, the cost of prescriptions has not changed significantly with the new insurance.  At least, not enough to be the root cause of becoming bankrupt.  I definitely prefer the older insurance, but the new one is not terrible.  What really sucks is that maternity care is no longer covered at 100%.  If you have a problem with the cost of prescriptions, take it up with the pharmaceutical companies and congress.  I can't stand Deal and will certainly not vote for him...but implying that his decision on the insurance change will make you bankrupt is just plain inaccurate.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@OriginalProf


I will vote for Dr. Barge in the Republican primary and then more than likely will vote for Democrat Jason Carter in the general election.

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