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How Hospitals Can Drastically Cut Down Uncompensated Care

October 18, 2011

Mr. Lebherz says if patients know they have insurance options, hospitals could improve population health management and mitigate the number of ER trips. “Right now, so many of the individuals that go into the ER leave as uncompensated care, and costs are distributed to people who are paying premiums,” Mr. Lebherz says. “If people think they have healthcare access, they will go to a doctor instead of the emergency room. Hopefully, this would lead to better preventive care.”

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Point-of-Care Eligibility Tests Help Steer Patients to Right Insurance Programs

October 17, 2011

Studies have shown nearly one-third of the estimated 50 million uninsured Americans qualify for free or low-cost government-sponsored health insurance programs but aren’t signed up. As a result, millions of eligible Americans are using hospital emergency rooms for their primary care, resulting in hospitals experiencing millions of dollars in losses.

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How to Make Sense of Your Medical Bills

October 11, 2011

“It’s a complicated system, and it’s important for people to understand their options,” says Ankeny Minoux, president of San Jose-based non-profit Foundation for Health Coverage Education. “It might get simpler when the new regulations come into effect. Until 2014, each state has their own rules.”

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Bob Conners Morning Show

October 11, 2011

The legendary Bob Conners (KTVN 610 AM) and Ankeny Minoux break down why health care costs are on the rise, and what’s best for you and your family.

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Consumer Talk w/Michael Finney

October 8, 2011

Michael Finney & Phil Lebherz discuss rising health care costs and the U.S. Uninsured Help Line™—800.234.1317.

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Breast Cancer’s Financial Toll: Where to Go for Help

October 6, 2011

Ankeny Minoux, president of The Foundation for Health Coverage Education, which helps people without insurance find coverage, says there are four basic options: “Know your state’s public options, programs like Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) or other free or low-cost government-sponsored programs. Look into your state’s High Risk Pool. Research all private options offered by insurers — including both individual and group health plans. Use trusted resources like the American Cancer Society’s,www.cancer.org.”

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Money 101 w/Bob McCormick

October 3, 2011

Bob McCormick talks with Phil Lebherz about how you hold onto health insurance after you’ve lost your job, and what you can do to save money and get coverage.

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