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Oregonians, Do You Buy Your Own Health Insurance?

… OregonLive.com wants to hear your story:

Are you one of those who will be affected? We’re looking for people who buy policies for themselves or their family, who are not on Medicare. We’d like to talk to you about your current situation, policy and premiums so that as more information comes out, we have . . . → Read More: Oregonians, Do You Buy Your Own Health Insurance?

Do We Really Know Enough About Generic Drugs?

There’s always been anecdotal evidence…:

Andrew Richards remembers that he had just sat down in front of the TV when the lightning bolt struck. “It was almost like it went through my ear because I could hear it. It was kind of like, ‘fwomp,’ right through my head,” he says.

Stunned and disoriented, Richards tried . . . → Read More: Do We Really Know Enough About Generic Drugs?

Medical Bills for Boston Bombing Victims Already Mounting…

More on what the medical bills for the Boston bombing victims

Cost of amputating a leg? At least $20,000. Cost of an artificial leg? More than $50,000 for the most high-tech models. Cost of an amputee’s rehab? Often tens of thousands of dollars more.

These are just a fraction of the medical expenses victims . . . → Read More: Medical Bills for Boston Bombing Victims Already Mounting…

Americans Underestimate Need for Long-Term Care…

… even when they provide care for others:

We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready.

A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds . . . → Read More: Americans Underestimate Need for Long-Term Care…

Health Insurance Rates for Young Adults Up

New numbers on health insurance rates among young adults are out:

While the number of medically uninsured young adults dropped over the past two years, coverage of the overall working age population failed to improve, according to the findings of the Commonwealth Fund’s 2012 biennial health insurance survey released Friday.

The survey shows that 11.7 . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Rates for Young Adults Up

Health Insurers, Hospitals Will Drop Some Costs for Boston Bombing Victims

A sliver of good news for those affected by the bombings:

Patients injured in last week’s bombings near the finish line at the Boston Marathon are poised to get a little help from their health insurance companies and the hospitals that treated them.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim . . . → Read More: Health Insurers, Hospitals Will Drop Some Costs for Boston Bombing Victims

Reminder for College Grads: Only 30 Days to Get On Your Parent’s Health Insurance Plan!

If you’re about to graduate from college and think you may need to get on your parents’ health insurance after your student health insurance runs out, this is just a reminder not to put off signing up for your parents’ health insurance plan. You only have 30 days after your student health insurance coverage ends . . . → Read More: Reminder for College Grads: Only 30 Days to Get On Your Parent’s Health Insurance Plan!

The Boston Bombing Victims’ Medical Bills: Now, Next Year, Later….

If you’ve seen some of the estimates of how much the the medical bills could be for the Boston bombing victims, well, those are probably just the tip of the ice berg:

The price of a new prosthetic leg can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000. But even the most expensive prosthetic limbs are . . . → Read More: The Boston Bombing Victims’ Medical Bills: Now, Next Year, Later….

Free Mammograms in NC and TN in April and May

Head’s up if you live in North Carolina or Tennessee and need a mammogram. The BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center is making stops through North Carolina and Tennessee through April and May to offer free, convenient mammogram screenings.

All mammograms will be performed by Charlotte Radiology’s licensed, female mammography-certified technologists. A board-certified radiologist, . . . → Read More: Free Mammograms in NC and TN in April and May

Reminder: Remote Area Medical to Bring Free Medical, Dental, Vision to Tennessee May 3-5

A head’s up to the our friends in the Southern States. The Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile clinic will be visiting the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee from May 3-5, providing free medical, dental and vision care to the uninsured, underinsured, unemployed and anyone else who cannot pay for care, both adults and children.

. . . → Read More: Reminder: Remote Area Medical to Bring Free Medical, Dental, Vision to Tennessee May 3-5