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Elvis the Cat Series: Dog Eats Beehive, Wins the Pet Insurance Hambone Award for Oddest Insurance Claim

How did Ellie win an award for oddest insurance claim? Well, Ellie only managed to swallow an entire beehive, bees and all. An exterminator had sprayed the beehive with pesticide, and fortunately, the bees were all dead. Her owners only discovered her escapade after Ellie started vomited bees afterwards.

Ellie’s ordeal beat out 11 . . . → Read More: Elvis the Cat Series: Dog Eats Beehive, Wins the Pet Insurance Hambone Award for Oddest Insurance Claim

Don’t Forget: Prescription Drug Coupons Can Save You Money

Don’t forget! If you’re trying to save money on your prescription drugs (and who isn’t?), prescription drug coupons are a great way to save some dollars on your prescription drug costs. Many pharmaceutical companies offer coupons on their prescription drugs as part of their direct-to-consumer marketing campagins, and using them is often as easy as . . . → Read More: Don’t Forget: Prescription Drug Coupons Can Save You Money

Pharmaceutical Industry Calls AARP Report On Drug Prices Misleading

To follow-up on our blog from last week on the AARP report on brand nam drug prices, we came across an interesting column in The New York Times Prescriptions Blog today.

Turns out the pharmaceutical industry isn’t so happy with the AARP report’s conclusion that the retail prices of brand name drugs rose 8.3% . . . → Read More: Pharmaceutical Industry Calls AARP Report On Drug Prices Misleading

Will Health Insurance Pay For Your Medical Tourism? It’s a Definite Maybe…

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, for many without health insurance, traveling to a foreign country has been a real source of good quality, . . . → Read More: Will Health Insurance Pay For Your Medical Tourism? It’s a Definite Maybe…

Women’s Health: Are Birth Control Pills Your Biggest Ongoing Healthcare Expense? Another Birth Control Method May Be Cheaper

Ladies, what’s your biggest ongoing healthcare expense?

If you’re under 40, chances are it’s your birth control, and specifically for many women, it’s birth control pills. Easy, safe, and incredibly reliable if taken as instructed, it’s no wonder why birth control pills have been the favored birth control method for many women since their . . . → Read More: Women’s Health: Are Birth Control Pills Your Biggest Ongoing Healthcare Expense? Another Birth Control Method May Be Cheaper

Healthcare Reform: Just 1,200 Accepted For Interim High-Risk Health Insurance Pools (Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans) So Far

The interim high-risk health insurance pools for Americans with pre-existing conditions (now known as the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans or “PCIPs”) are one of the most immediate and tangible benefits of healthcare reform, but surprisingly, only 1,200 Americans with pre-existing conditions have been accepted into a pool so far.

The interim high-risk health insurance . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Just 1,200 Accepted For Interim High-Risk Health Insurance Pools (Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans) So Far

AARP Study: Brand Name Prescription Drug Prices Go Up 8% in Last Year

Does it seem like your prescription drugs are cost more now t han they did a year ago? It’s probably not your imagination, especially if you’re an older American. The AARP has found that the retail prices of the brand name prescription drugs most used by older Americans have gone up an average of 8.3% . . . → Read More: AARP Study: Brand Name Prescription Drug Prices Go Up 8% in Last Year

Anthem Blue Cross Finally Moves Ahead with Health Insurance Rate Hikes; Increases Will Average 14%

It was a long-time coming, but Anthem Blue Cross has finally been given the go-ahead by the California Department of Insurance to finally move forward its proposed health insurance premium increases. Anthem’s Blue Cross’ health insurance premium increases will affect an estimated 800,000 individual health insurance policyholders in California.

Anthem Blue Cross made national headlines . . . → Read More: Anthem Blue Cross Finally Moves Ahead with Health Insurance Rate Hikes; Increases Will Average 14%

Healthcare Reform: Will Healthcare Reform Force You To Change Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?

Well, it’s a definite “maybe.” Despite President Obama’s promise that if you like your health insurance, you will get to keep it, the real answer may be that it’s not so simple. A leading private research firm, Avalere Health, estimates that more than 3 million seniors will be forced to switch their Medicare Part D . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: Will Healthcare Reform Force You To Change Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?

Americans Skip Taking Their Prescription Drugs; 7 Safer Ways to Save On Your Prescriptions

The Consumer Reports National Research Center has come out with a new study on Americans and their prescription drugs, and the results can only be termed frightening. If you are managing a chronic condition, you already know how expensive prescription drugs can be, so it’s not surprise that Americans have started economizing in taking their . . . → Read More: Americans Skip Taking Their Prescription Drugs; 7 Safer Ways to Save On Your Prescriptions