May 31, 2002 |
Blue Shield of California has agreed to take control of Lifeguard Inc., a health maintenance organization with about 200,000 members concentrated in the San Jose area. The merger announcement Thursday comes only weeks after San Francisco-based Blue Shield outbid rivals to win as many as 350,000 more CalPERS members. With the addition of Lifeguard, a well-regarded but financially struggling HMO, Blue Shield said its membership rolls probably would increase by almost 25% to 2.
September 9, 1996 |
It's often said in health care circles that people spend more time choosing a car repair shop or hairstylist than they do selecting a medical plan. That's not surprising, given the difficulty of comparing one health plan to another. How do you know which one is right for you or your family? How can you tell which one has the best doctors and provides access to the best hospitals? Although change is afoot, the vast majority of employers still offer little information on quality of care.
December 11, 1993 |
Responding to pressures from consumers, employers and the Clinton Administration, the nation's health insurers are planning to curtail increases in premiums sharply next year, according to industry analysts. Health maintenance organizations are raising premiums by an average of 5.6% next year--down from 8.1% this year and the fifth consecutive year of decline, according to a study by the Group Health Assn. of America, a trade group.
January 14, 1992 |
Home sales have been so lousy that an Orange County builder has revived a gimmick popular during the last recession: If a buyer loses his or her job within a year of buying the home, the builder will assume the mortgage payments for up to 12 months. Barratt American, a British home builder, said the insurance, which hasn't been available since the 1981-82 recession, seems to be the sort of measure that's called for to move houses these days.