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Old 07-30-2012, 07:36 AM   #21
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One more provision of the Affordable Healthcare Act that's not getting much press:

"The per person Medicare Part B insurance premium will increase from the present monthly fee of $96.40, rising to $104.20 in 2012, $120.20 in 2013, and $214.00 in 2014"

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Time to ask snopes:
snopes.com: A Message from Blue Cross/Blue Shield

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Old 07-30-2012, 07:40 AM   #22
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And the reason the above information isn't getting much press is that it isn't accurate: snopes.com: Medicare Premium Increases
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:44 AM   #23
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:31 AM   #24
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Is there an echo here?
What?.....what?....what?....what?
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Two Snopes references are better than none .
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I was getting ready to write a scary but false story related to Obamacare but I see you guys know that Snopes exists. So nevermind.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:41 PM   #27
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Oh my!; goodness me!; how humilitating!; duh! stupid! stupid! stupid!; nothing left to do but :



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I am also with a BCBS PPO and before I went to the UK last year for an extended stay, I called and they told me that I'd be covered and need to pay first unless I went to one of their network providers. I was able to go on the BCBS website and put in the city I was going to be staying in and it gave me hospitals close by that would take my insurance. Fortunately we did not have the need to see how it worked.
Ha, I did exactly the same thing, and I took it a step further. I called BCBS talked to their overseas nurse supervisor, and mentally rehearsed with her the mechanics of using this insurance in EU, even looked at the claim forms.

The trick apparently is to be admitted to hospital for 24hrs (or 48 I forget the details) in which case BCBS has to contact the hospital directly and start paying them. The most likely event would be some emergency like food poising, in which case you don’t have time to hunt down “in-network” providers and ask then to fill forms, etc. My best guess, BCBS will most likely deny most such claims on some technicality. It’s an ugly scam compared to healthcare in EU or Canada.
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Ha, I did exactly the same thing, and I took it a step further. I called BCBS talked to their overseas nurse supervisor, and mentally rehearsed with her the mechanics of using this insurance in EU, even looked at the claim forms.

The trick apparently is to be admitted to hospital for 24hrs (or 48 I forget the details) in which case BCBS has to contact the hospital directly and start paying them. The most likely event would be some emergency like food poising, in which case you don’t have time to hunt down “in-network” providers and ask then to fill forms, etc. My best guess, BCBS will most likely deny most such claims on some technicality. It’s an ugly scam compared to healthcare in EU or Canada.
I have no doubt that it is extremely difficult. It has to be a nightmare filing from a foreign country. Filing within the USA is stressful enough.
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