I also have Blue Shield PPO, and have watched the rates increase
considerably. My only answer has been to increase the deductible to keep the
premiums in line.
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From: "Structuralist" <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net>
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"se-practice Listservice" <se-practice(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc>
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2001 4:05 PM
Subject: Affordable Healthcare Coverage
> Last May I turned 50 and our healthcare cost for my wife and I (Blue
> jumped 20%. The price rose another 20% in at the end of the year and they
> announced another 20% increase by the end of February. This will almost
> double our healthcare costs from about $350.00 per month to over $610.00
> the end of February.
> We have looked at a couple of other plans including Blue Cross (which has
> slightly lower cost plan), Heath Net which our pharmacist warned us
> His father went to the emergency room with a heart attack and Healthnet
> would not approve an angioplasty until 12-hours after he was admitted. His
> father ended up losing over 30% of his heart because of the delays.
> We got a call from an agent regarding a plan from National Association for
> Self Employed which is a business plan that includes health, dental, legal
> and accounting services and low cost Airborne express.
> Does anyone over 50 who is not on an HMO (my wife and I have existing
> conditions and will not use an HMO) have any suggestions or
> Are any of you familiar with National Association for Self Employed and
> their healthcare plan?
> Does SEAOC, ASCE or any of the professional associations have a decent PPO
> (Preferred Physician Option) plan that I can find out about.
> Dennis S. Wish, PE