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Is It Even Worth Looking At Your Medical Bills? One Writer Takes a Look…

If you’ve taken our advice and actually tried reading through your medical bills recently, you may have wished that you’d never even tried. It’s way, way frustrating, confusing, and altogether a big ol’ headache that may seem like a major waste a time. We came across one writer’s description of trying to understand his mother’s . . . → Read More: Is It Even Worth Looking At Your Medical Bills? One Writer Takes a Look…

Pennsylvania’s AdultBasic Shut Down; 40,000 Lose Their Affordable Health Insurance Coverage Today

Pennsylvania’s pre-existing condition insurance plan (PCIP) may be a model of affordable health insurance coverage, but another group of Pennsylvanians are  feeling the health insurance pain big-time today. 40,000 low-income Pennsylvanians lose their health insurance coverage today as Pennsylvania’s AdultBasic health insurance program runs out of money and has to shut down.

AdultBasic was started in 2002 with . . . → Read More: Pennsylvania’s AdultBasic Shut Down; 40,000 Lose Their Affordable Health Insurance Coverage Today

How Much Will Your Health Insurance Premiums Go Up As You Age?

So this Sunday morning, we thought we’d point you to an interesting column by David Lazarus in The Los Angeles Times about the Homan family’s struggle to continue health insurance coverage for their daughter as she ages. This year, Homan’s health insurance premiums are going up a lot. Paula Homan turns 60 this year, and as . . . → Read More: How Much Will Your Health Insurance Premiums Go Up As You Age?

Tip of the Day: Are Your Medical Bills Outrageous? Check Them Against Medicare

Today’s tip of the day is on the hot topic of out-of-control medical bills. Now, most of think that the bills that we get from our doctors and hospitals are out of control, but with the explosion of medical billing mistakes, way too many of those medical bills really are out-of-control. If you’ve been checking . . . → Read More: Tip of the Day: Are Your Medical Bills Outrageous? Check Them Against Medicare

Tax Season Reminder: The Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit

Just a reminder as we head into the last weekend in February.  If you haven’t already, it’s time to start breaking out the calculator and working through the pound of taxed flesh which will be due to the federal government.  And since many small businesses have been counting on the small business health insurance tax credits to . . . → Read More: Tax Season Reminder: The Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit

Reminder: Open Enrollment for California Child-Only Health Insurance Ends Tuesday

Just a reminder: California’s children’s open enrollment period will end in on Tuesday, March 1st, and all signs point towards health insurance premiums going up on then.  If you have a child and are looking for a child-only health insurance policy for him or her, the time to act is now!   If you don’t get . . . → Read More: Reminder: Open Enrollment for California Child-Only Health Insurance Ends Tuesday

Generic Drug Alert: FDA Will Not Extend Patent on Treximet Migraine Drug, Is a Cheaper Generic On the Way?

Quick generic drug bulletin for today. If you have a family member or other loved suffers from migraines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has refused to give Pozen and GlaxoSmithKline a patent extension for the migraine drug Treximet (naproxen-sumatriptan), opening the drug up to generic drug competition. According to the Mayo Clinic, the possible symptoms . . . → Read More: Generic Drug Alert: FDA Will Not Extend Patent on Treximet Migraine Drug, Is a Cheaper Generic On the Way?

What If Your Employer Doesn’t Provide Health Insurance? Is There Affordable Health Insurance for the Working Class?

I was reminded lately of how many Americans believe in the American ideal of finding a good, full-time job with health insurance benefits. But as the country struggles to crawl its way out of the greatest American recession since the Great Depression, I’ve been thinking more and more about a simple question: what if the . . . → Read More: What If Your Employer Doesn’t Provide Health Insurance? Is There Affordable Health Insurance for the Working Class?

Free Mammograms this Saturday, February 26th in the Seattle, Washington Area

This Saturday, Feb. 26th, from 9am – 3pm, Outreach Specialist Karly Garcia will be welcoming women at the Goodwill in Burien (located at 1031 SW 128th Street) for FREE Mammograms. Karly will be joined by Swedish Medical Center’s mobile coach and mammography team, as well as Nurse Practitioner Grace Chapman from West Seattle Community Clinic.

If . . . → Read More: Free Mammograms this Saturday, February 26th in the Seattle, Washington Area

Medicare: Should You Sign Up If You’re Still Working and Have Health Insurance?

Sometimes we get emails from seniors who have already turned 65 and qualified for Medicare, but they’re still working and have affordable health insurance through work. Do they have to sign up for Medicare, they ask? Most of these seniors enjoy working and really would prefer not paying additional health insurance premiums for Medicare when . . . → Read More: Medicare: Should You Sign Up If You’re Still Working and Have Health Insurance?