Department of Veterans Affairs

Health care costs too much: address the underlying cause

There has been so much debate about "health care reform", by which is meant requiring everyone to buy health insurance, but no one appears to be looking deeper to find out WHY health care costs so much in the first place. Instead of trying to force every American (and/or the government on their behalf) to buy policies that enrich the insurance companies to enrich the doctors without ever questioning the outrageous amounts ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Plus One Healthcare Option = Savings for Govenment & Employees

This suggestion could revolutionize health insurance and drastically cut insurance costs for the government and employees. When it comes to dental and vision insurance, employees that belong to a two-member family have the option to select a premium plan for themselves plus one. Thereby, they save money by not having to pay for family coverage. This option should extend to health insurance, because it will save a substantial ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Rent Medical Devices Instead of Giving Them Away

The federal government's should stop giving away medical devices that get thrown in the garbage or resold. Medicare also has a program permitting rental of equipment, but that program nees to be expanded. Medicare gives away walkers, cruches, powerchairs, and ergonomic boots to people who might only need them for a few weeks or months. Beneficiaries then resell at garage sales or throw them in hte garbage. Veterans ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Fair Healthcare

Reduce Congress, SES and GS 13 and above's health insurance plans to the level of the rest of the government employees.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco-free Government

Prohibit the use of tobacco products on ALL federal property, both owned and leased, indoors and outdoors. This idea should be implemented across ALL federal agencies. This will reduce litter, reduce healthcare costs, reduce health insurance costs, reduce fires, and allow people to breathe air free of tobacco pollution.

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Department of Defense

Reduce the Number of Health Insurances

In my locality alone, there are 19 different health insurance plans to select from. Do we really need to have that many to choose from? By having so many plans to choose from, it reduces the ability of OPM to negotiate better rates which increases the premiums to the Government and federal worker. If we go to the insurance companies and tell them that the Government will only be taking three to six health care plans a ...more »

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Shut off escalators that are adjacent to elevators

All escalators that are next to elevators should be shut off to conserve operating energy and maintenance costs. People are able to walk up a flight of stairs. If there is an elevator close enough to accomodate people who can't use stairs, the escalator is redundant. The exercise will also improve people's health, saving on health insurance costs.

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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

Create Self-Plus-One option for Federal Healthcare Benefits

How many federal employees would benefit from a Self-Plus-One option for health care? Young couples, single parents, empty-nesters? How much money would the federal government save from paying lower premiums? OPM says that creating this option would not generate enough revenue to cover high-risk (elderly) members benefits however, if it's possible for the dental and vision programs to offer a self-plus-one option (which ...more »

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Department of Justice

Inmates provide their own Health Insurance

My suggestion is that inmates provide their own Health Insurance. In this way, when they are in need of services they will receive whatever services that their plan provides -- just like everyone else in society who has not committed an illegal act. If the inmate cannot afford health care, they can be assigned something akin to Medicaid. The Bureau of Prisons could save millions of dollars on surgeries, hospital stays, ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Changes to FEHB program

Instead of just having "self" and "family" change the pricing structure to "self", "self +1", "self + 2" and so on for each additional person added to a policy. Private employers have realized the inherent lack of fairness in pricing insurance policies as "self" and "family" only. Insureds without children (including insurable dependents) or with only one or two children are subsidizing those with multiple children/insurable ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Needs test for congressional salary and benefits

Congress should set an example of fiscal prudence by instituting a needs test for salary and benefits. There is no reason why a multi-millionaire should expect the taxpayers to foot the bill for his or her healthcare or retirement, much less a salary while in office.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

End Budget Crisis

I have a way to collect a billion dollars a year from insurance companys. The VA doesn't bill insurance companys on the devices that are used and are losing a billion a year. Pick my idea and

Mr. President I can get this working across the Nation.

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Office of Personnel Management

Self+1 FEHB

OPM should allow Self+1 for Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB). Dental and Vision insurance options are able to provide Self+1, so there should be no reason that the health benefits would not be able to as well. By not allowing a Self+1 option for FEHB both the federal employee and the government pay more for insurance than is needed. In a time where insurance costs are rising and there are pressures to reduce ...more »

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