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  •  We use Kaiser (15+ / 0-)

    and I've generally been very pleased with the healthcare we've received over the decades. And recent policy changes by Kaiser (maybe in anticipation of the ACA) make it even better. They are really invested in preventative and whole-life care. Their motto "Thrive" shows a forward way of looking at healthcare. I'm pretty sure they are physician owned/operated rather than insurance/corporate/profit run. It shows in how seamless it is to see your primary care physician, get referrals, arrange lab work and receive prescriptions. I even love their website for getting appointments and lab results (and explaining what the results mean), renewing prescriptions and keeping track of immunizations.

    I don't mean to sound like a commercial, but as a self-employed family (total Mom and Pop shop here) we think we got a great deal with Kaiser. And now it'll be even more worthwhile with the price changes through the exchange.

    I'm sorry you couldn't find a way to stay in California. I'm very encouraged by the direction our state government is going and hopeful we can undo some of the damage done by the Repubs over the years. I hope Michigan can come to its senses and vote some of your Repubs out next election, too.

    The road to excess leads to the palace of Wisdom, I must not have excessed enough

    by JenS on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 12:49:23 PM PDT

    •  Kaiser (9+ / 0-)

      I was scared away from Kaiser by some co-workers, but after reading about the company, I think I was steered wrong.  

      I think the approach of having everything in one place, as opposed to having to set up a bunch of separate appointments and referrals and such, is a big benefit that Kaiser leverages.  It just makes sense that that kind of approach would provide for better care.

      About not staying in California - it's ok.  I still get to visit on occasion, for work, but it's still always nice to go back.  :)

      •  One aspect I like to the one place shop (8+ / 0-)

        is that referrals are routine and no biggie. There is no oversight by insurance bean counters to go through. The doctor or their nurse will even set up the appointment for me right there.  No arguments about "medically necessary". My MIL's cardiologist was willing to have her get any and all tests possible to see if there was something we could do for her congestive heart failure. There was nothing left to do, but they let us try everything for our peace of mind.

        On the other hand, some experimental treatments or therapies you might never find out about.

        I hope Michigan has something similar. I don't remember if Kaiser operates in Michigan. Good luck with your new policy!

        The road to excess leads to the palace of Wisdom, I must not have excessed enough

        by JenS on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 01:44:22 PM PDT

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      •  Docs at Kaiser are great, 40% increase is not! (4+ / 0-)

        I have been with Kaiser for 4 years, they just increased my premium 40% and are upping all co-pays.  I don't qualify for any subsidies...Kaiser had the balls to completely cancel my old program, so if I want to stay with the doctors I know and like, I will have to pony up almost $150 more PER MONTH with a much higher deductible and out of pocket. The policies aren't even close to comparable.  A $2,700 deductible vs. $4,500???!!!:  total bull-puckey(to quote Rachel Maddow).

        Don't get nostalgic for Kaiser, they are screwing anyone that they can now that they control most of the market in my area.

        PS.  I am a Wolverine and loved living in Ann Arbor, but the climate in CA is hard to beat(not to mention the bike riding in Feb.!).  Good luck in "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice"

        If Liberals Hated America, We'd Vote Republican

        by QuarterHorseDem on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 07:38:57 PM PDT

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