In addition to the COVID-19 outbreak’s effect on public health, people are very quickly realizing that it will also impact how we live our day to day lives. We spend so much time with others at work, school, church, classes, and entertainment activities–such as concerts or sporting events–that life is certain to change due to the need for … [Read more...] about How Families Can Adjust During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Tips for Swimmer’s Ear Treatment and Prevention Swimmer’s ear is a common infection that can make summertime miserable for kids. Also known as otitis externa, it most commonly occurs when water gets trapped in your child’s ears after swimming or showering, creating the perfect conditions for bacterial growth that infects the skin … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Child Has Swimmer’s Ear
With the end of the Texas legislative session coming on May 27, 2019, it’s time to take a stand. Insurance companies are doing what they do best…delaying and denying to avoid covering their patients. We are fighting for several bills that protect patients and hold insurance companies accountable. Time Is Running Out! Tell your … [Read more...] about It’s Time To Take A Stand For Emergency Care
By Eric McLaughlin, M.D. & Board Member, Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC) Texas consumers increasingly have their access to emergency medical care delayed or altogether thwarted, and their coverage for legitimate care denied. After witnessing this alarming trend, Texas’ freestanding emergency room … [Read more...] about How the Texas Legislature can fulfill “our promise to patients” this session
BASTROP, Texas (Nexstar) -- Texas is home to more than 200 independent, freestanding emergency centers. They aren’t affiliated with a hospital and aren’t recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, so people with that insurance may have to pay full price if they go there. Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., R-LA, has introduced … [Read more...] about Freestanding ERs seeking Medicare and Medicaid recognition
WITH BLUE CROSS BILLING CHANGES, SOME PATIENTS COULD BE FOOTING E.R. BILLS IN FULL Texas’ largest healthcare insurer recently said that HMO subscribers may have to pay the whole bill for out-of-network emergency room visits if the health problem isn’t deemed serious enough. Read More @ Texas Standard … [Read more...] about Texas Standard Takes On BCBS of Texas’ New Rules Limiting ER Coverage
Have you ever wondered why your insurance premiums keep going up while your network shrinks and your insurance company reports BILLION$ in record profits? It's simple, they have perfected the art of UNDERPAYING. We PAY our health insurance premiums… EVERY MONTH — ON TIME — & IN FULL. These rules seemingly don’t apply to health … [Read more...] about Who Pays When Insurance Companies Underpay?
If you are or know a State of Texas employee, you should know about a new Texas Senate budget rider that would limit your options for care in the event of a medical emergency. On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee voted to add a rider to Senate Bill 1, the Senate budget bill, which directs the Employee Retirement … [Read more...] about Texas Senate Bill Limits Health Care Options For State Employees