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Reminder: Remote Area Medical (RAM) Brings Free Medical, Dental, Vision Care to Knoxville, Tennessee, February 4th-5th

A reminder to our friends in Tennessee. The Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile clinic will be holding their first free clinic of 2012 at the Jacob Building in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 4th and 5th, providing free medical, dental and vision care to the uninsured, underinsured, unemployed and anyone else who cannot pay for care, . . . → Read More: Reminder: Remote Area Medical (RAM) Brings Free Medical, Dental, Vision Care to Knoxville, Tennessee, February 4th-5th

Medicare Enrollment: When Should I Sign Up For a Medigap Policy?

Now, that we’re done with Medicare Open Enrollment season, we’ve gotten a few emails about signing up for Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap) policies and most importantly, whether people have missed their opportunity to sign up for a Medigap policy.

Well, the short answer is no, but signing up for a Medigap policy can be tricky business . . . → Read More: Medicare Enrollment: When Should I Sign Up For a Medigap Policy?

Think All Your Hospital Bills Will Be Covered By Health Insurance? Think Again!

Sadly, even if you do your health insurance homework for your procedure, read your health insurance plan from cover to cover, find an in-network doctor and hospital, and get all the prior authorizations required, you can still get whacked with an enormous set of bills that you weren’t expecting, some from doctors you’ve never even . . . → Read More: Think All Your Hospital Bills Will Be Covered By Health Insurance? Think Again!

Tax Season Reminder: Paying for Medical Expenses with a 401(k), IRA or Other Qualified Retirement Plan

Another quick, tax season reminder: If you have experienced a medical emergency, are struggling with chronic medical expenses, or are otherwise struggling to climb out from underneath a mountain of medical-related debt, you may have considered making a withdrawal from your 401(k), IRA or other qualified retirement plan, but been concerned about what penalties you . . . → Read More: Tax Season Reminder: Paying for Medical Expenses with a 401(k), IRA or Other Qualified Retirement Plan

Utah Ponders Charging Smokers More For Medicaid

If you’re wavering on your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, here’s some more incentive.  Now, Utah is joining Arizona and Maine in the debate over whether states should charge Medicaid recipients more to use their health insurance.

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield has asked a legislative committee Thursday for help in developing a “wellness” program . . . → Read More: Utah Ponders Charging Smokers More For Medicaid

Blue Shield/UCLA Dispute Catches Patients in the Middle

We’ve been following the dispute between Blue Shield and UCLA Health Systems over reimbursements for some time now, so today we thought we would follow up with a story in The Los Angeles Times on how the whole messy affair is affecting the Blue Shield members who are waiting for medical care:

Karen Fairbank has . . . → Read More: Blue Shield/UCLA Dispute Catches Patients in the Middle

Tax Season Reminder: Health Insurance Benefits and Domestic Partnerships

Since tax season has started, over here at the myheaLthpeak.com blog we wanted to send out a tax season reminder to all of our followers who cover their domestic partner’s health insurance through their employer-based health insurance benefits.

Because federal law and the Internal Revenue Service do not recognize domestic partnerships, if your domestic partners . . . → Read More: Tax Season Reminder: Health Insurance Benefits and Domestic Partnerships

Dead Skier Sarah Burke’s Family Tries To Raise $550,000 To Pay Her Medical Bills, Why?

By now, most of us have heard the tragic story of skier Sarah Burke’s tragic death after an accident during a training run in Utah a few weeks ago, but unless you’ve been following the story closely, you may not have heard the, in some ways, equally sad aftermath.  After Olympic-hopeful Sarah Burke’s death, Burke’s . . . → Read More: Dead Skier Sarah Burke’s Family Tries To Raise $550,000 To Pay Her Medical Bills, Why?

Beverly Oncology Offers Free Mammograms in Montebello, California on February 11th

The Beverly Oncology Women’s Foundation in Montebello, California is hosting free mammogram screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 11th at its offices at 111 W. Beverly Blvd. Suite 104, Montebello CA 90640. Unlike many free mammogram events, the free mammogram screenings are available to both insured and uninsured women, although uninsured and . . . → Read More: Beverly Oncology Offers Free Mammograms in Montebello, California on February 11th

Did You Take the Self-Employment Health Insurance Tax Deduction? Mitt Romney Didn’t

Considering all the media attention on the many, many, MANY tax deductions and loopholes that Mitt Romney has taken on his income over the last couple of years, it’s kind of surprising that there’s one tax deduction that the Romneys apparently didn’t take: the self-employment health insurance tax deduction. For a lot of our self-employed . . . → Read More: Did You Take the Self-Employment Health Insurance Tax Deduction? Mitt Romney Didn’t