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What Is a Hospital Visit Going to Cost You? The Hospital Doesn’t Know Either

It’s an entirely discouraging report Kaiser Health News for those of us who are trying to control our healthcare costs, but it turns out hospitals have no idea how much our hospital and medical bills are going to be either. As much as we can try to get a handle on what our hospital and . . . → Read More: What Is a Hospital Visit Going to Cost You? The Hospital Doesn’t Know Either

It’s June 30th… Have You Been Using Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

Just a friendly reminder if you’re one of the millions of Americans who uses a flexible spending account (FSA) to help pay for your annual healthcare expenses. We’re halfway through the calendar year, so if you haven’t been using your FSA to help pay for your healthcare expenses so far this year, now is the . . . → Read More: It’s June 30th… Have You Been Using Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to San Francisco Universal Healthcare Program; Healthy San Francisco To Continue

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association to San Francisco’s universal health insurance program, Healthy San Francisco. Healthy San Francisco provides health insurance to 53,000 San Franciscans who lack health insurance coverage and who are otherwise ineligible for public healthcare or health insurance assistance.

Begun in 2006, Healthy San Francisco . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to San Francisco Universal Healthcare Program; Healthy San Francisco To Continue

5 Die in California from Whooping Cough as Epidemic Declared; Vaccines More Important Than Ever

If you are expecting a child, have a small child or have contact with small children, it is more important than ever that you be up-to-date with your whooping cough (pertussis) vaccinations. Five children have already died in California from whooping cough this year, and the peak season for whooping cough, summer, has only just . . . → Read More: 5 Die in California from Whooping Cough as Epidemic Declared; Vaccines More Important Than Ever

Healthcare Reform: Pregnancy and Preventive Care

We’ve already talked about how healthcare reform will prohibit health insurers from discriminating against pregnant women on the basis of pre-existing conditions starting in 2014, but today we thought we would talk a bit more about what kinds of changes might be able to help you if you’re pregnant between now and 2014.

As part . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Pregnancy and Preventive Care

Healthcare Reform: Interim High-Risk Health Insurance Pools For Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Due to Open Enrollment on July 1

Don’t look now, but the interim high-risk health insurance pools for Americans with pre-existing conditions are due to open for enrollment on July 1. The interim high-risk pools are one of the benefits most eagerly anticipated by many Americans with pre-existing conditions who otherwise would be unable to find affordable health insurance. The interim high-risk . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Interim High-Risk Health Insurance Pools For Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Due to Open Enrollment on July 1

A Healthcare Reform Punch and Counter-punch: Will You Be Able to Keep Your Health Insurance?

We thought we’d share an interesting healthcare reform punch and counter-punch for people to chew on this Sunday. The topic is President Obama’s claim that if you like your health insurance, you will be able to keep it after healthcare reform. Since most Americans are relatively satisfied with the health insurance they get through their . . . → Read More: A Healthcare Reform Punch and Counter-punch: Will You Be Able to Keep Your Health Insurance?

Another One Bites the Dust: Aetna Withdraws 19% Health Insurance Rate Hike in California Due to Multiple Math Errors

Looks like Anthem Blue Cross wasn’t the only health insurer to flunk math. Like Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna Inc. was forced to withdraw its request to increase its health insurance premiums for individual health insurance policyholders in California because multiple mathematical errors were found in its filing with the California State Insurance Commission.

California . . . → Read More: Another One Bites the Dust: Aetna Withdraws 19% Health Insurance Rate Hike in California Due to Multiple Math Errors

House Approves 6 Month Plan to Avoid Cuts to Medicare Payments

After weeks of deadlock by the two parties, the House finally approved a short-term, six-month plan to avoid deep cuts in fees paid to doctors who care for Medicare patients. If the measure not passed, Medicare payments to doctors would have been slashed by 21%, a prospect which raised the question of whether some doctors . . . → Read More: House Approves 6 Month Plan to Avoid Cuts to Medicare Payments

Fighting a Health Insurance Claim Denial: Are the Cards Stacked Against You? Is Anything I Can Do To Get My Health Insurance Claim Paid?

Does it ever feel like your health insurer is denying your health insurance claims just because it can? Like your health insurer will find any reason possible to deny your health insurance claim, just so it can delay paying on your claim as long as possible? Does the health insurance appeals process your insurer keeps . . . → Read More: Fighting a Health Insurance Claim Denial: Are the Cards Stacked Against You? Is Anything I Can Do To Get My Health Insurance Claim Paid?