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Health Net Health Insurance Premium Increase: 18% this year, 136%

September 20, 2011 by Bill Strong
Health Net -- our health insurance provider -- is at it again this year raising our health insurance premiums at ridiculous rates. This year it was a clean 18%. Yup, 18%. That number is crazy on its own, but what % do you think Health Net has raised our health insurance premiums over the last 4...
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Advocating for the Affordable Care Act: Gwendolyn’s Story (Video)

July 20, 2011 by Bill Strong

Over the last several years, we haven't shied away from lending our voices to advocate on behalf of injustices we have faced. Most of these injustices, if not all, are sides to issues that we may have never become aware of had it not been for the life-altering reality of Gwendolyn's Spinal Muscular...

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Gwendolyn’s Story on the Floor of Congress Yesterday

January 07, 2011 by Bill Strong
Over the years we've been pretty outspoken about our experience with health insurance and our health insurance provider, Health Net (see past postshere,here,here,here, andhere), and our thoughts on the health care reform legislation that was passed in 2010 (see the article on our family in theNew...
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Another Health Net Insurance Premium Increase

December 18, 2010 by Bill Strong
Okay. Okay. Okay. I actually should be throwing a massive party this year compared to the last two. Health Net blessed our family with a palatable -- if you can call any increase palatable - 9.75% annual increase in our health insurance premiums. Not too shabby compared to the 35% annual increase...
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New York Times: Cap Lifts, and So Do Spirits

September 23, 2010 by Bill Strong

Anyone who knows us knows that raising broad awareness of SMA is something that we are pretty passionate about...just a wee bit. And. So. Well. We're pretty excited around here today. The New York Times ran a vignette on our family today about SMA and our perspective on the two pieces of the new...

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What Health Care Reform Means For Us

March 31, 2010 by Bill Strong
What does health care reform mean for a family like ours?

Simple.

It means we no longer have to lose sleep worrying about heading for bankruptcy when we hit the lifetime cap on our health insurance policy and become immediately uninsurable - with no safety net from either the private or public...

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Annual [updated] open letter to Health Net CEO, Jay M. Gellert

March 04, 2010 by Bill Strong

Ahhhhhhh, the New Year! January 1 brings so many things every year -- resolutions, new beginnings, fresh starts, renewed optimism. Apparently, care of Health Net President and CEO Jay M. Gellert and his cohorts, my family can add egregious private health insurance premium increases to that list....

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Critical RSV Vaccine Denied, Fought, then Approved by Health Net

November 11, 2009 by Bill Strong

I was more or less expecting a denial of coverage from Health Net this year for the very expensive Synagis vaccination that helps protect at-risk children against the human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is the major cause of lower respiratory tract infection and hospital visits for infants...

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InsuranceRxBlog.com - Help me help others!

March 22, 2009 by Bill Strong
My frustration and indignation with the health insurance industry is no secret. As most of you know, I've learned through my firsthand experience with Gwendolyn how to effectively navigate the muddy health insurance waters - at least with Health Net in California. I've also learned that there is...
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Response from Health Net of California President, Steven Sell

February 22, 2009 by Bill Strong
Following is Health Net's response to my letter dated January 30 to Health President and CEO, Jay Gellert. The response is from Steven Sell, President of Health Net of California.

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February 12, 2009


Dear Mr. Strong,

Thank you for your January 30 email to Jay Gellert regarding Health Nets premium...
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Medi-Cal APPROVED!!!

February 05, 2009 by Bill Strong
Great news!!! We received a letter from Medi-Cal on Friday informing us that Gwendolyn has been approved for services under the Department of Developmental Services Waiver Program (we've also heard it referred to as the model waivers program). This program, which does not take into account income...
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An open letter to Health Net CEO, Jay M. Gellert

February 01, 2009 by Bill Strong
January 31, 2009

Mr. Jay M. Gellert
President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Net, Inc.
21650 Oxnard Street
Woodland Hills, California 91367

Dear Mr. Gellert:

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Net, I think you should be made aware of something that your company is doing and the...
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35% insurance premium increase - thanks Health Net

January 27, 2009 by Bill Strong
I apologize in advance for this health insurance rant, but I felt the need to get a few things off my chest. It's also probably fair to note that while Health Net, our PPO insurance provider, bears the brunt of my frustration below, I recognize that its root is more with the overall health care...
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Medi-Cal—-> one step closer…

December 19, 2008 by Bill Strong
We're one step closer to getting Gwendolyn accepted into the Medi-Cal system, California's Medicaid program funded by the State and federal governments. The program will open up many services for Gwendolyn -- the most immediate we hope would be more nursing hours during the day to provide us...
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