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Healthcare Reform: No Surprise, Health Insurance Companies Fight Covering Children with Pre-Existing Conditions

Well, just to show that health insurance companies are not backing down from fighting healthcare reform, health insurance companies are now arguing that healthcare reform does not require them to provide health insurance coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, as widely believed. Although it was widely understood that healthcare reform require health insurance companies to . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: No Surprise, Health Insurance Companies Fight Covering Children with Pre-Existing Conditions

Healthcare Reform: Health Insurance and Sex Discrimination

We came across an interesting article today in The New York Times on a feature of the newly-passed healthcare reform that hasn’t gotten much press during the healthcare debate and surrounding attention, despite the fact that it has the potential to affect half the population. We’ve all heard about lifetime limits, pre-existing conditions, and the . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Health Insurance and Sex Discrimination

Free Healthcare Returns to Los Angeles: Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic Visits Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C.

Head’s up to anyone without health insurance or who is underinsured and needing mental and/or dental care in Southern California. In a follow-up to the largest free healthcare clinic ever held in Los Angeles, the Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile clinic plans to visit Los Angeles and provide free medical and dental care to thousands . . . → Read More: Free Healthcare Returns to Los Angeles: Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic Visits Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C.

Healthcare Reform: The Doughnut Hole and Me (Part II)

One of the biggest selling points for healthcare reform was the elimination of the infamous quirk of Medicare Part D known as the “doughnut hole.” And indeed, the recently passed healthcare reform does promise the closing of the doughnut hole by 2020. But what to do, what to do, between now and 2020?

Here is . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: The Doughnut Hole and Me (Part II)

Healthcare Reform: How Healthcare Reform Affects Some Americans

As most of us wrestle with the question of what will happen now that healthcare reform has passed, the big question on everyone’s mind is, How will the healthcare reform affect me?

Over here at myheaLthpeak.com, we’re working on some really nifty features to help you understand how healthcare reform may affect you, but in . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: How Healthcare Reform Affects Some Americans

Healthcare Reform: Big Employers and Prescription Drug Charges for Retirees

In the healthcare reform fallout from this week, some big employers are now announcing accounting write-downs related to the provisions in the bill. Some of these write-downs are staggering in size, AT&T’s $1 billion (yes, that’s with a “b”) write-down the largest announced so far. The Los Angeles Times reports:

AT&T Inc. said Friday that . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Big Employers and Prescription Drug Charges for Retirees

Healthcare Reform: Immediate Changes for Health Insurance and Pre-Existing Conditions

As we continue to piece together our timeline of healthcare reform changes, it’s quite apparent that one of the biggest changes coming down the healthcare reform pike has to do with Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Until now, Americans with pre-existing conditions had one tough row to hoe in the health insurance market. Americans who had . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Immediate Changes for Health Insurance and Pre-Existing Conditions

Healthcare Reform Wrap-up: Weighting In on How to Cut Healthcare Costs

To wrap up a crazy week of historic healthcare reform, we’re linking to an interesting column in The New York Times addressing the question of how to actually rein in the costs a healthcare. An excerpt from the piece frames it this way:

But the new law does not tackle head-on the staggering cost of . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform Wrap-up: Weighting In on How to Cut Healthcare Costs

Emergency! Emergency! Emergency Room Medical Care for the Uninsured

One thing that far too many Americans have come to depend on is the fact that federal law requires virtually all hospitals to provide emergency medical care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. In other words, emergency rooms must provide you with emergency medical care whether or not you have health insurance; . . . → Read More: Emergency! Emergency! Emergency Room Medical Care for the Uninsured

Healthcare Reform Changes: Health Insurance and Adult Children

As a follow-up to our blog yesterday on immediate healthcare reform changes to Medicaid, we also wanted to alert you to another healthcare reform that will be taking place sooner rather than later that may be able to help many people in this economy.

Starting this fall, parents will be able to keep a child . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform Changes: Health Insurance and Adult Children