Health Net Health Insurance Premium Increase: 18% this year, 136% over last 4

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 […]

Advocating for the Affordable Care Act: Gwendolyn’s Story (Video)

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 Atrophy diagnosis. […]

Gwendolyn’s Story on the Floor of Congress Yesterday

Over the years we’ve been pretty outspoken about our experience with health insurance and our health insurance provider, Health Net (see past posts here, here, here, here, and here), and our thoughts on the health care reform legislation that was passed in 2010 (see the article on our family in the New York Times and our post here). With the swearing in […]

Another Health Net Insurance Premium Increase

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 last year and […]

New York Times: Cap Lifts, and So Do Spirits

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 health […]

What Health Care Reform Means For Us

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 sector – due […]

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

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. How much? Oh, just another 35% this year […]

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

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 and is most commonly dangerous for premature […] – Help me help others!

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 almost no actionable information available to help […]

Response from Health Net of California President, Steven Sell

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. ====February 12, 2009 Dear Mr. Strong, Thank you for your January 30 email to Jay Gellert regarding Health Net’s premium increases. As president of Health […]