Healthcare Reform Radar Launched as One Stop for Help

Whether you like it or not – and there is plenty not to like (as well as to like) and yet to be defined – the health reform bill – PPACA –  is the law of the land. Yes it is big and confusing, but not as much as one might think when experts, like the links we provide put their minds to the task.

I know many of you, especially brokers have been busy answering questions for clients and putting on education sessions so the Industry Radar decided to create a special section to help.

We have looked at over 200 websites from brokers, carriers, media, consultants and more to put together our overview and links for you.

We have summarized the law by five major areas for you in a timeline and the links at the top of each page were the best resources we found – the ones in bold being the most useful. There are web links, PDFs, on demand webinars, slide decks and more for you to access for your research.

Where did we find the least resources? Amazingly – or maybe not so –  the healthplans sites were worthless in terms of the information on their sites. The five links you see are all that we could find for 100 or so national, BCBS and regional plans we follow.  The industry media was even less useful, just as they had been with HIPAA HITECH. Literally nothing to use on any site but Business Insurance. The mainstream media had numerous quality sources led by CNN and CBS.

Most helpful,  as usual, were brokers of many sizes. Gallagher, Willlis, Buck, Segal/Sibson, Trion, Precept were among the better sites as well as Benico from Huntley, Il. John Garven, a mid sized broker and long time student of the industry has a great resource center and a great website in general.

The vast majority of the 100 websites we looked at of the Top 100 BI list of brokers,  actually under a third, had any specific information readily visible and many simply had links to third party sources which has value at least.

If you would like us to include your site and any of its resources here or have any other good links email me and we will look at them.

PS – To their credit at least today UHC and Wellpoint announced that they will extend coverage to those <26 immediately, even though hteh law for that doesn’t go into effect until 9/23/2010. Bravo to them for showing leadership on a provision that can cover as many as 6 million of our children at little real cost acting in the spirit of reform. A very nice gesture.

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