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Healthcare Experiment: Could Raking Leaves Pay for Your Annual Check-Up?

We’ve all heard of folks paying their doctors with things like eggs, farm produce or chores during the Great Depression.  Well, the True North healthcare clinic in Maine is trying out a modern version of the old barter system, and patients have been taking advantage of the opportunity of being able to earn their doctor’s . . . → Read More: Healthcare Experiment: Could Raking Leaves Pay for Your Annual Check-Up?

Medicare Open Enrollment: 3 Secrets to Signing Up For Your Medicare

Just about two weeks before Medicare Open Enrollment starts, so we thought we’d give everyone overview of things to think about while you’re going through your Medicare Open Enrollment review:

If You’re Sticking with Original Medicare: If you are on original Medicare, it does not cover your coinsurance (the percentage of medical bills you’re still . . . → Read More: Medicare Open Enrollment: 3 Secrets to Signing Up For Your Medicare

Does the Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit Actually Help Anyone?

Remember the small business health insurance tax credit? It was one of the healthcare reform’s passed in the Affordable Care Act, and the tax credit was supposed to help small businesses pay for health insurance coverage for their employees by giving them a federal tax credit worth up to 35 percent of what the business . . . → Read More: Does the Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit Actually Help Anyone?

Obama Administration Appeals Healthcare Reform… Will We Get a Ruling Before the 2012 Election?

More big news in the battle over the Affordable Care Act this week, and this is good news for all the business grappling with their health insurance questions. The Obama Administration has officially appealed an appeals court ruling which struck down part of the Affordable Care as unconstitutional earlier this year, laying the groundwork for . . . → Read More: Obama Administration Appeals Healthcare Reform… Will We Get a Ruling Before the 2012 Election?

Free Mammograms in Monroe, Michigan on October 1st

Breast Cancer Awareness Month starts this weekend, and Mercy Memorial Hospital System (MMHS) is kicking it off in style by sponsoring a mammogram screening day for qualifying women who reside in Monroe County. The event is by appointment and takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2011 in the Women’s Health Center, . . . → Read More: Free Mammograms in Monroe, Michigan on October 1st

Could a Generic Version of Gabitril Epilepsy Drug Be On the Way?

The news isn’t official but there are some rumblngs that a pharmaceutical giant may be making a move to produce a generic version of the popular epilepsy drug Gabitril. Cephalon which sells Gabitril, is suing Sun Pharmaceuticals to block a possible generic version of Gabitril.

Sun Pharmaceuticals isn’t commenting on whether it’s already received FDA . . . → Read More: Could a Generic Version of Gabitril Epilepsy Drug Be On the Way?

Cost of Health Insurance Benefits Up 9%, Employees Turn to High-Deductible Plans

If you’ve already started going through your annual open enrollment packages, this news is going to be no surprise, but our friends over at the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust have found that the cost of employer health insurance benefits is up 9% over last year alone. In real dollar terms, . . . → Read More: Cost of Health Insurance Benefits Up 9%, Employees Turn to High-Deductible Plans

Medicare Open Enrollment: The ABCs and Ds of Medicare… Or What Is Medicare Advantage Anyway?

 With Medicare Open Enrollment about to start in a few weeks, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about Medicare and what it is. So we thought we would revisit our primer on what exactly Medicare is, and what exactly people mean when they’re referring to Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C, and . . . → Read More: Medicare Open Enrollment: The ABCs and Ds of Medicare… Or What Is Medicare Advantage Anyway?

Analyst Says Generic Advair Won’t Hit Europe Until 2014

Advair is one of the drugs we get the most questions and comments about across the board. At $300 a pop for one diskus, it’s probably no surprise that asthmatics and folks with chronic breathing issues struggle with the expense and have been waiting anxiously for a more affordable, generic version of Advair to be . . . → Read More: Analyst Says Generic Advair Won’t Hit Europe Until 2014

Medicare Open Enrollment: Do You Need Extra Help to Pay for Your Prescription Drugs?

With Medicare Open Enrollment around the corner (again!), it’s time to start thinking about your prescription drug costs for next year.  And if you think you may have trouble paying for all of your prescription drugs, don’t forget that Extra Help may be available!  Literally.   If you are on Medicare and are having trouble paying for . . . → Read More: Medicare Open Enrollment: Do You Need Extra Help to Pay for Your Prescription Drugs?