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Happy Thanksgiving November 23, 2011

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Solutions Insurance Services would like to wish you a healthy and happy thanksgiving.


7 Ways To Save On Health Insurance November 17, 2011

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Here is a link to a very good article from the Sun Sentinel.  Once you have read the article, you may want to ask yourself, “Is an individual policy better for me?”  If the answer is yes, feel free to contact us for assistance at info@solutionsinsuranceservices.com

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If your paycheck shrinks in 2012, the culprit may be rising health insurance costs. But you can save money by making the right choices this fall.  The cost of healthcare coverage is expected to increase 5.9 percent in 2012, according to consultant Towers Watson.  That makes it more important than ever to know how to save during “open enrollment,” the time period each year when employees have to sign up for benefits.

In 2012, workers will be faced with higher premium costs, more coverage restrictions, higher deductibles, and, for some, more restricted coverage. Employers are nudging workers toward high-deductible health plans where employees pay some health costs upfront. That’s encourages employees to be more aware of what they’re spending, which saves the company money.

Continue Reading:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-health-insurance-worker-costs-20111104,0,1017678.story

House Panel Votes to Repeal CLASS Act | LifeHealthPro November 16, 2011

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Members of the health subcommittee at the House Energy and Commerce Committee today passed H.R. 1173, a bill that would officially kill a federal voluntary long-term care (LTC) benefits program, by a voice vote.

H.R. 1173, the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act bill, would repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program provisions that were part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).

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House Panel Votes to Repeal CLASS Act | LifeHealthPro.

Would You Go To See A Wal-Mart Doctor For Your Healthcare? November 10, 2011

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We are curious to know your opinion.   Below is an excerpt from NPR’s Health Blog.

The nation’s largest retailer is planning to offer medical services ranging from the management of diabetes to HIV infections, NPR and Kaiser Health News have learned. 

In the same week in late October that Wal-Mart said it would stop offering health insurance benefits to new part-time employees, the retailer sent out a request for partners to help it “dramatically … lower the cost of healthcare … by becoming the largest provider of primary healthcare services in the nation.”

On Tuesday, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Tara Raddohl confirmed the proposal. She declined to elaborate on specifics, calling it simply an effort to determine “strategic next steps.”

The 14-page request, which you can read here, asks firms to spell out their expertise in a wide variety of areas, including managing and monitoring patients with chronic, costly health conditions. Partners are to be selected in January.

Analysts said Wal-Mart is likely positioning itself to boost store traffic, possibly by expanding the number of its in-store medical clinics and the services they offer.

The move would also capitalize on growing demand for primary care in 2014, when the federal health law fully kicks in and millions more Americans are expected to have government or private health insurance.

Click below to read the rest of the article, then let us know what you think, would you go to see a Wal-Mart doctor for your healthcare?



American Diabetes Month – American Diabetes Association November 8, 2011

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With nearly 26 million children and adults in American living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country.  Yet, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem.

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American Diabetes Month – American Diabetes Association.

Daylight Savings Time November 4, 2011

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Just a reminder to turn your clocks back on Sunday November 6, 2011 at 2:00am or before you go to bed.  You get an extra hour of sleep, so enjoy it.

Report-card time: 5 best, worst restaurants in America November 3, 2011

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Below is an excerpt from the article: Report-Card time: 5 best, worst restaurants in America.

A few years ago, it occurred to me that the restaurant industry felt no responsibility for the health of its patrons. The obesity rate was rising and people were eating out with increasing frequency, yet restaurants kept developing new and novel ways to inject more calories and sodium into everyday foods. They stuffed pizza crusts with molten cheese, hollowed out bread loaves to make bowls for cream-based soups, and amplified the size of their cheeseburgers to make space for more bacon, onion rings, and sugar-based sauces. I decided then that I’d do my small part as an author and magazine editor to instill some degree of accountability.

I began by collecting data on calories, fat, and sodium. I looked at side dishes and appetizers, drink options and desserts. I took note of which restaurants still relied on trans fats and which ones provided healthy options for calorie-conscious customers. I was shocked to discover the abysmal state of the industry. In 2010, when Eat This, Not That! released its first-ever Restaurant Report Card, a third of the restaurants landed in the D or F range — and not one chain earned an A. Since then, I’ve followed the industry closely. I’ve criticized when criticism was appropriate and praised when the improvements were made. And this year, I’m happy to report, the improvements were many.

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Report-card time: 5 best, worst restaurants in America.