Archive for June, 2007

Tennessee & West Virginia Guides Updates

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The Health Insurance Consumer Guides for Tennessee and West Virginia have been recently updated and posted to our website, where you can get them for no charge.

Click on the link below to go to the appropriate guide:



Maternity Coverage Too Expensive

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Karen Pollitz, project director for Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, spoke on a Kaiser Family Foundation panel about current health insurance coverage for families, pregnant women and newborns, and about current proposals that may change the way maternity charges are covered.

Speaking about consumer-driven health plans, or “CDHPs,” Pollitz was quoted as saying:

“[The medical cost of pregnancy and delivery] is an issue that consumers struggle with from time to time with health insurance regardless of what kind of plan you have … But the stakes are higher with these CDHPs because if you’re wrong or you have a claim you’re on the hook for so much more money.”

Pollitz offers guidance for those looking at family coverage options from health insurers, covered in an article from Dow Jones’s MarketWatch. Read it here: 10 things to consider about your insurer’s maternity coverage.

Read the full report, available at the Kaiser Family Foundation website: “Maternity Care and Consumer Driven Health Plans.”

Read the Washington Post’s coverage of the report: High-Deductible Plans Cost More for Maternity Care

State High Risk Insurance Pools Contact List Updated

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 has just revised its list of State High Risk Insurance Pools with the latest contact information for each, available on our website at:

Thirty-two states operate high-risk pool programs for people who have trouble buying individual health insurance because of their health. Eligibility for these programs varies, as do premiums and covered benefits. Contact the program in your state for more information.

We strive to keep this information as current and useful as possible. If you know of any changes or updates, please leave us a comment below!

Check the list now.

Karen Pollitz appears on recent NPR health care reform show

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Project Director Karen Pollitz appeared as a guest on “Talk of the Nation” on May 11, 2007, on National Public Radio. The show covered recent developments in the health care reform movement in the United States. With 45 million Americans uninsured, this hot topic continues to receive close scrutiny from the authors and experts who provide information on your rights as a health care and insurance consumer, at

You can read more and listen to the radio show on the NPR website: