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Healthcare Reform: Sebelius Calls on Employers to Let Adult Children Joint a Parent’s Health Insurance Early

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called on employers to employees to add their adult children to their health insurance policies ahead of the healthcare reform law’s requirements on Thursday. 65 health insurance companies have already agreed to allow policyholders to add their adult children to their health insurance policies ahead of . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Sebelius Calls on Employers to Let Adult Children Joint a Parent’s Health Insurance Early

Health Insurance and Medical Complications: When Insurers Refuse to Reimburse for Medical Complications

This weekend we thought we’d link to a thoughtful piece in The New York Times about health insurance reimbursements for medical complications (or lack thereof), and issues which could affect those of us with pre-existing conditions, even if we are lucky enough to have health insurance. The column by Dr. Pauline W. Chen talks about . . . → Read More: Health Insurance and Medical Complications: When Insurers Refuse to Reimburse for Medical Complications

Vaccine Alert: Whooping Cough (Pertussis) on the Rise, Free Vaccines Available

A vaccine alert to all the new parents out there: whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is on the rise, especially in California where cases of pertussis have more than doubled over last year. Four newborns have already died of pertussis this year in California, and officials fear that it may be the worst outbreak . . . → Read More: Vaccine Alert: Whooping Cough (Pertussis) on the Rise, Free Vaccines Available

Healthcare Reform: Is There Enough Money for the Interim High-Risk Health Insurance Pools?

If you have a pre-existing condition and are pinning your hopes for health insurance on the interim high-risk health insurance pools, well, we’ve got some bad news. The National Institute for Healthcare Reform just came out with a study which says that the $5 billion dollars allocated to the interim high-risk health insurance pool program . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Is There Enough Money for the Interim High-Risk Health Insurance Pools?

Trying to Cut Your Medical Bills? A Medical Billing Advocate May Be Able to Help

If you have been ill, you already know that medical bills are almost impossible for most people to understand. At best, medical bills are totally confusing; at worst, bills are a babble of medical jargon, billing codes, and benefits footnotes. What choice is there but to give up trying to understand the bill and a) . . . → Read More: Trying to Cut Your Medical Bills? A Medical Billing Advocate May Be Able to Help

Rising Health Insurance Premiums Squeeze California Small Businesses; Is the Economic Recovery in Jeopardy?

More bad news for California small businesses. According to The Los Angeles Times rising health insurance premiums are squeezing many small businesses and jeopardizing California’s already shaky economic recovery.

Five major health insurance companies are raising health insurance premiums for small businesses employing fewer than 50 employees from 12%-23%. With revenues still shrunken from the . . . → Read More: Rising Health Insurance Premiums Squeeze California Small Businesses; Is the Economic Recovery in Jeopardy?

Can New Technology Save You Money on Your Medical Bills?

We are always happy to hear about new medical breakthroughs which will be able to save, extend and improve the lives of people who are ill, but we were really encouraged by a different breakthrough which we read about yesterday. The New York Times yesterday published an article which describes new technological breakthroughs which may . . . → Read More: Can New Technology Save You Money on Your Medical Bills?

What Is a State High-Risk Health Insurance Pool?

With all the healthcare reform discussion about the upcoming interim high-risk health insurance pools, we thought we would revisit our discussion about state high-risk health insurance pools already currently offer. We want to emphasize that the state high-risk health insurance pools and the healthcare reform interim high-risk health insurance pools are not identical. Most importantly, . . . → Read More: What Is a State High-Risk Health Insurance Pool?

Tips: How to Save On Your Prescription Drugs

As the prices for prescription drugs have skyrocketed in recent years, an increasing number of Americans have taken steps to save on what they pay for their prescription drugs in alarming and potentially dangerous ways, such as not filling prescriptions, skipping dosages, splitting pills without physician advice, and even sharing prescriptions with a friend.

Before . . . → Read More: Tips: How to Save On Your Prescription Drugs

Can You Save On Your Medical Bills With Medical Tourism?

If you have been watching the news lately, you may have come across stories about the increasing phenomenon of medical tourism: patients leaving the country to find seemingly unbelievable bargain-basement medical procedures in another country. In particular, if you do not have health insurance, traveling to a foreign country seems like a small price to . . . → Read More: Can You Save On Your Medical Bills With Medical Tourism?