Friday, November 04, 2011

State of the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan (In Four Parts)

(Including the state of the U.S. Health Care system -- shown in the video directly above.)

Several weeks ago, the IA rolled out its first informational meeting about the MPI Health Plan. (This is the plan that TAG members use, as well as a hundred thousand other IA members.)

The IATSE will have a number of similar meetings in Mid-November in L.A. and the east coast. Many TAG members have reserved places at three of these oncoming events, but we thought it would be useful to post the videos and links to this first for anybody who'd like to attend one of the others, but doesn't have a reservation to get in ...

Up in the header we have linked to all the videos, as well as here. The meeting is broken into four parts; we've posted Part 2, since it's an overview of the U.S. health delivery system as it is today and the most broadly relevant.

If you want to know what realities our health plan is facing, carve out a few minutes and look at the presentation.

Add On: David Wescoe, head administrator of the Motion Picture Industry Health and Pension Plan, reviews finances for the Plan.

Thought it was useful to put this piece up, since it gives people a nice snapshot of the financial health of MPIPHP.


VFX Soldier said...

Watch the 12:30 mark of part 3 town hall:

Health benefits paid in 2010: $500 Million ($420M active + $79M retiree)

".008 of our membership generate 30% of that cost"

Any idea what medical expenditure is being performed on patients that is causing that?

Does MPI intend to lower that cost? If so how?

VFX Soldier said...

Just to compare the above to national stats:

5% of the population with higher health care expenses was responsible for nearly half (47.5%) of total health care spending.

Anonymous said...

a few people with huge medical needs-surgery, chronic illness, accidents..
are of course going to account for the bulk of costs.
Isn't that the whole point of having health care ? No one runs up costs because they want to. Insurance would be great if no one got sick-which is pretty much the insurance companies ideal world.

Steven Kaplan said...

If you take a look at all the videos, you'll see that MPI has done what it can to lower its operating costs. Be sure to watch the presentation from David Westcoe, Executive Director of MPIPHP. In it, he gives a glimpse to how the plans operate and at what cost. He also talks about how the plans are pro-active with cost savings measures.

Steve Hulett said...

Nationally, a large amount of health care costs stem from treatments for patients in the final six months of their lives.

The MPIPHP reflects that national stat. Small percentage of folks near the end of life accounts for a big chunk of expenses.

Anonymous said...

And lest you think that "near end of life" means old dudes: it's cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and all the other crap that you'd better pray to your maker you don't get, but if you do, you'd better hope you have insurance.

Anonymous said...

Who needs healthcare? I'm counting on the charity of churches and neighbors!!!

Anonymous said...

Charity of churches and neighbors? Nonsense!

I will barter with my doctor with the backyard chickens.

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