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Starting a New Job: Make Sure Your Health Insurance Starts With You!

If you have been lucky enough to find a new job with health insurance in this economy, congratulations! It is no mean feat, and we envy you. A Lot.

However, before you mosey along thinking that you have it made, take a few minutes to speak with your new human resources department, and find out . . . → Read More: Starting a New Job: Make Sure Your Health Insurance Starts With You!

Vaccine Follow-up: The H1N1 Flu Vaccine

We received more than a few questions about the H1N1 flu vaccine after our blog about the Vaccines for Children Program yesterday, so we wanted to follow-up with some information on how to get an H1N1 vaccine (if you don’t already have one) and what it may cost you.

Even though the initial panic over . . . → Read More: Vaccine Follow-up: The H1N1 Flu Vaccine

The Vaccines for Children Program: Are Your Children Eligible For Free Vaccines?

Even if you are scraping by during these tough economic times without health insurance or by being underinsured, we want to make to make you aware of a great resource for your children.

Vaccines are on the most effective and cost-effective ways of keeping your children healthy, and the federal Vaccines for Children Program makes . . . → Read More: The Vaccines for Children Program: Are Your Children Eligible For Free Vaccines?

Video Link: Dateline NBC's Critical Condition

Here at myheaLthpeak.com we’re looking forward to bringing you some practical (and nifty!) video and tools in the next few months to help you with your health insurance and other resources to pay for your healthcare.

In the meantime, we’re bringing you this link to an interesting Dateline NBC story on the denials of patient . . . → Read More: Video Link: Dateline NBC's Critical Condition

Clash of the Healthcare Titans: UnitedHealthcare vs. Continuum Hospitals in New York

I came across this interesting sidebar on the healthcare debate battles in The New York Times today. Health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare (which includes the Oxford health plans) has taken steps to institute a number of cost-saving measures recently, including a stiff 50% penalty if a hospital does not notify them within 24 hours of admittance.

. . . → Read More: Clash of the Healthcare Titans: UnitedHealthcare vs. Continuum Hospitals in New York

A COBRA Money-Saving Tip

If you were recently laid off or are about to be and you intend to use COBRA to continue your health insurance coverage, here is a money-saving tip that can save you some real money.

Under COBRA, you have a period of 60 days from the date you leave your employment to elect to continue . . . → Read More: A COBRA Money-Saving Tip

Beware! Unlicensed “Health Benefit Plan” Scams

If, like many Americans, you are on the hunt for individual health insurance coverage, we want to make you aware of a health insurance scam which is devastating many Americans.

The scammers offer appealingly low-cost “health benefit plans” as if they are the same as health insurance policies which will meet your needs when you . . . → Read More: Beware! Unlicensed “Health Benefit Plan” Scams

My Doctor’s Office Said It Would Accept My Health Insurance; Why Do I Have a Bill?

We get this question a lot. Prior to a doctor’s visit, you may have asked the office whether they would accept your health insurance, and they confirmed that they would. But then, a few weeks later, you get a bill from your doctor’s office for some amount of money for the visit.

What gives? Didn’t . . . → Read More: My Doctor’s Office Said It Would Accept My Health Insurance; Why Do I Have a Bill?

If You are Laid Off, Would You be Eligible For COBRA?

If you are worried about being laid off soon, one of your biggest concerns is probably what you are going to do if you lose your employer-based health insurance. Individual policies are expensive, and if you are older or have a pre-existing condition, they can be prohibitively expensive if they are available at all.

COBRA . . . → Read More: If You are Laid Off, Would You be Eligible For COBRA?

Health Insurance Tip: If You Have a Medical Emergency in a Foreign Country

Well, it’s not like anyone plans to have a medical emergency in a foreign country, and of course, of greatest concern if a medical emergency occurs while traveling abroad is making sure everyone makes it back home in as good health as possible.

However, if the immediate medical emergency has passed, you may have started . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Tip: If You Have a Medical Emergency in a Foreign Country