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  • Hospital Closures Bring “New Day” in Healthcare February 25, 2015
    Hospitals are operating with fewer beds or closing, as patients seek more affordable medical care at clinics and outpatient surgery centers. A low occupancy rate makes for a high-priced facility, which is not competitive. These closures are due to the …
  • Do Your Part to Protect Your Heart – February Special February 23, 2015
    February is Heart month. Protect the health of your heart, preventing heart disease and stroke, with a simple blood test. Below are the February specials from DirectLabs. Lipid Profile – $19 (Regular Price $29, $98 Retail) Test includes: Cholesterol, Total …
  • The Various Dimensions of Mammogram Screening February 20, 2015
    by Adrienne Snavely Every year, over 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 40,000 will die from it. When breast cancer is detected early, it is easier to treat. Forty million mammograms are performed each …
  • Crashing the Free Market Party February 16, 2015
    by G. Keith Smith MD Riding in to rescue the victims of Obamacare and other government healthcare schemes are guess who? The legislators? The regulators? Don’t make me laugh. It is the growing group of healthcare free marketeers. The celebration …
  • Dark Chocolate is Good For You and Your Valentine February 13, 2015
    Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients, one of the best sources of antioxidants, and can improve health and lower risk of heart disease. Dark chocolate is very nutritious. It contains a fair amount of soluble fiber and is full of …
  • The Fraser Institute: Education Spending in Canada February 12, 2015
    Despite a steady decline in student enrolment, spending on public schools in Canada has skyrocketed.Teachers’ unions and activists repeatedly claim that education spending is being cut and school budgets are in peril. That’s simply not true and ignores the reality …
  • Eye-Tracking Test Detects Early Alzheimer’s Disease February 11, 2015
    One in nine Americans over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease. There is no way to revive dead cells, but if detected early enough, the disease progression can be slowed with treatment. Spinal fluid analysis and PET scans can detect the approaching …
  • OMTEC 2014 – Emerging Trends in Orthopaedic Device Packaging February 11, 2015
    Laura Bix, Associate Professor, School of Packaging, Michigan State University discusses current and emerging trends in orthopaedic device packaging at OMTEC 2014.
  • Fee for Service Healthcare Just Makes Sense February 9, 2015
    Contrary to what the HHS has stated, the fee-for-service payment model has nothing to do with abuse or wasteful spending. This model has been the standard method of payment for a wide range of goods and services from the beginning …
  • A Healthy Heart at Any Age February 6, 2015
    Any age is a good age to take care of your heart. Smart choices now can pay off for the rest of your life. There are some simple steps to keep your heart healthy during each decade of life. All …
  • FRASER INSTITUTE 40th Anniversary 2014 February 5, 2015
    The Fraser Institute is an internationally-recognized research and education organization, ranked first among Canadian think tanks and in the top 20 globally. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families and future generations by studying, …
  • Cut Your Costs by Just Not Paying February 4, 2015
    If patients all got healthy, medical costs would plummet. And if doctors weren’t paid for caring for patients who don’t get healthy, costs would also plummet. This seems to be the reasoning behind the Obama Administration’s ambitious plans for payment …
  • Measles – What You Need to Know February 2, 2015
    by Adrienne Snavely Over the last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 67 cases of measles traced to Disneyland, and the number continues to rise. This was a souvenir people didn’t plan for. For a disease that …
  • Free Markets are Destroyed by Congress, Not Created January 30, 2015
    By Jane M. Orient, M.D. When people clamor for Congress to pass a “free-market health plan,” they are forgetting two things: Congress only does laws, which restrict freedom. We need fewer laws, not more. And the free market is by …
  • Ralph Weber Talks MediCrats with FreedomWorks – Part 3 January 26, 2015
    MediBid is the free market answer to rising healthcare costs. Employer-sponsored plans, as well as self-insured individuals, make up most of MediBid’s customers. On MediBid, a patient makes a procedure request which gets sent out to physicians and facilities around …
  • Medical Debt Still a Problem for Those With Health Insurance January 23, 2015
    by Adrienne Snavely Medical debt can affect anyone of any age in any state in any income bracket. Medical debts account for more than half of debt collections on credit reports. One in three Americans struggle to pay medical bills, …
  • Q&A with Direct Pay Physicians January 22, 2015
    Direct pay physicians answer colleagues’ questions about third-party-free medical practice. From January 9, 2015, New Orleans AAPS workshop.
  • Ralph Weber Talks MediCrats with FreedomWorks – Part 2 January 21, 2015
    The pitfalls of Obamacare are that it makes healthcare affordable to the employee, yet unaffordable to dependents. Some plans cover children, but not spouses. This means less options for families. The independent physicians are being bought out by hospitals and …
  • Cash and out-of-network: good for medicine as free agency is for sports January 21, 2015
    Andrew Schlafly, J.D., General Counsel, AAPS, opens the 21st Thrive, Not Just Survive workshop held Jan. 9, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.
  • Opting Out of Medicare January 20, 2015
    Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD, presents via Skype at the AAPS 21st Thrive Not Just Survive Workshop on Third Party Free Practice, January 9, 2015

How an Association Health Plan Can Protect Us from Obamacare — Webinar July 10

Because of rising healthcare costs due to provisions of Obamacare, having an Association Health Plan (AHP) can help protect you from these effects.   Join Ralph Weber and special guest Rick Holder from RH Administrators on Tuesday, July 10 for this important discussion.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  https://​www3.gotomeeting.com/​register/632275350

 

There are many advantages to having an AHP. These benefits include:

1. The plan will function like REAL insurance, not simply the pre-paid third party plans commonly available.
2. Risk pooling would be done for the entire group for catastrophic claims, not routine expenses like typical plans do. While large claims are pooled, each practice may establish its own self-funded plan using tax effective funding. This means that each practice participates in the reinsurance, but will still be rated on its own claims experience.
3. Under Obamacare, the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule says that traditional insurance must pay 80 percent in medical care. That means up to 20 percent is lost to overhead. An AHP is governed by the participants, and cannot make or retain profit. Therefore, it pays out 100% of its moneys, after administrative fees, for medical care.
4. Pre-Paid Third Party Payer plans commonly available cover things you and your employees may not want or need, such as substance abuse, contraception, wigs, acupuncture, etc, which drive up costs. Under an Association Health Plan (AHP), any participating office may decide not to cover anything it deems unnecessary. Real insurance would never cover such things as wigs or substance abuse treatment.
5. Plans falling under State Departments of Insurance rules must follow state mandates for coverage, so they are very wasteful. Coverage ends up costing more than the “benefit” is worth. This would be an ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) plan, overseen federally by the Department of Labor, not by the state Department of Insurance. That allows our Association Health Plan to be much more efficient with your dollars.
6. For the first $5,000-10,000, transactions would be in cash, meaning there are no silent “Preferred Provider Organizations.” Cash transactions allow direct contracting, which cuts costs dramatically.
7. There is no community rating, so we won’t be subsidizing other industries.
8. Because of the number of people we anticipate will want to participate in the Association Health Plan, Medicare will become the second payer, and the plan will be primary payer. Most individual practices would not qualify for a “Medicare second payer plan”, because of the number of participants.
9. Participants may also select $10,000 worth of Critical Illness Insurance and/or accident insurance, both of which will be guaranteed issue (no health questions). In other words, upon diagnosis of one of 14 critical illnesses, you receive $10,000 to help you pay out-of-pocket costs.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  https://​www3.gotomeeting.com/​register/632275350



At MediBid, we restore market forces to medical care. Doctors get to set their own rates based on their training, experience, and outcomes, and patients get to shop for medical care across state lines and international borders. Many times with MediBid, you will find procedures that are more effective than procedures allowed, or covered by health plans. Transparency and competition are the only way to achieve reasonable costs. Many of our employer clients offering group health insurance through MediBid save $5,000 per employee per year. Those are substantial savings. Patients are saving an average of 48% vs. insurance discounted rates, or 80% vs. retail. Contact us for more information.
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