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  •  In some places BCBS runs the Medicare program (3+ / 0-)
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    Marie, StrayCat, Cassiodorus

    at least that used to be true here in the Northeast -- BCBS was the fiscal intermediary for Medicare, and did all the administration including adjudicating claims.

    So you have essentially a private monopoly, instead of a public option.

    Of course a real co-op would involved democratizing the decision-making -- I don't think that's what the Blue Dogs have in mind, somehow. Just think, we could all vote on whether Terry Schiavo stays on the ventilator -- or whether they have to pay for medical marijuana, or viagra, or the morning-after pill.  

    •  A list from about a year back (1+ / 0-)
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      StrayCat

      Fiscal Intermediaries / Part A MAC

      BCBS of Georgia

      BCBS of Nebraska

      COSVI

      Cahaba GBA

      Chisholm Administrative Services

      First Coast Service Options

      Highmark Medicare Services

      National Government Services (formerly AHP NH)

      National Government Services (formerly AHS)

      National Government Services (formerly ASF)

      National Government Services (formerly Empire)

      National Government Services (formerly UGS)

      Noridian - Jurisdiction 3 MAC

      Noridian Administrative Services

      Palmetto GBA

      Pinnacle Business Solutions

      Riverbend GBA

      TrailBlazer

      TriSpan Health Services

      WPS Medicare (formerly Mutual of Omaha-Medicare)

      Wheatlands Administrative Services

      Carriers / Part B MAC

      CIGNA Government Services

      Cahaba GBA

      First Coast Service Options

      GHI

      HealthNow New York

      Highmark Medicare Services

      NHIC

      National Government Services (formerly ASF)

      National Government Services (formerly Empire)

      Noridian - Jurisdiction 3 MAC

      Noridian Administrative Services

      Palmetto GBA

      Palmetto GBA RRB

      Pinnacle Business Solutions

      Trailblazer

      Triple S, Inc.

      Wheatlands Administrative Services

      Wisconsin Physicians Service

      http://www.cms.hhs.gov/...

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