Monday, January 23, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
The Medicare prescription drug plan is two weeks old, and the going has been rocky especially for the nation's sickest and poorest elderly and disabled. The general consensus is the government has botched the start-up of the program. If it could go wrong, it probably has. No one seems to have definitive answers to questions. Patients are being turned away or overcharged at pharmacies. At least 20 states have stepped in to say they will cover the drug costs of low-income people who have been turned away because of federal foul-ups. On Friday, the intervention of the states led the federal government to tell insurers they must provide a 30-day supply of any drug that a beneficiary was previously taking. The government also stressed that poor people may not be charged more than $5 for a covered drug.
Sources: The Washington Post and The New York Times
Friday, January 06, 2006
Sources: NYT and AJC
1. In 1979 around 62% of active workers were covered by DB plans. Today, around 18% of active workers are covered.
2. From 1986 to 2004, over 100,000 single-employer plans with about 7.5 million participants were terminated.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy 2006 in the outsourcing industry.