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Are We All Just Slaves to Health Insurance?

We might have to say “yes” after reading dancer and writer Kimberly Dawn Neumann’s saga of her health insurance after a knee injury:

I went on COBRA for the first time. And holy what? It was like $650 per month. How on earth was I supposed to pay for that and a Manhattan apartment? I . . . → Read More: Are We All Just Slaves to Health Insurance?

Have You Tried to Buy Health Insurance With a Pre-Existing Condition?

If you’ve ever tried to buy health insurance with a pre-existing condition, you know how hard it is. But if you haven’t, try this little experience which outlined in a blog on ScholarsandRogues.com by Samuel Smith:

Just for fun, pick up the phone. Call any health insurance provider – Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser, United, . . . → Read More: Have You Tried to Buy Health Insurance With a Pre-Existing Condition?

Will You Take Some Health Insurance With Your Toilet Paper? Costco To Sell Health Insurance

Yup, our favorite “big box” store, Costco is now partnering with health insurance giant Aetna to bring you health insurance. The health insurance program is already available in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia with plans to roll it out into other states.

But before you rush out to your local . . . → Read More: Will You Take Some Health Insurance With Your Toilet Paper? Costco To Sell Health Insurance

How Much Has Your Health Insurance Gone Up Lately?

Today, after reading David Lazarus’ most recent column, we’re wondering how much your health insurance has gone up lately. In The Los Angeles Times, Lazarus profiles Dale Berman, a freelance photographer who has had Crohn’s disease his entire life:

Berman said he was able to enroll in 2003 in a plan offered by a photographers . . . → Read More: How Much Has Your Health Insurance Gone Up Lately?

Last Minute Tax Review: Have You Taken All the Deductions On Your Healthcare?

If you’ve put off doing your taxes this long, well, you don’t any time to waste, so we’re going to make this short and sweet:  Have you taken all the deductions you can on your healthcare expenses?  Here’s the super-quick review of some commonly-overlooked deductions:

Medical Expenses. You can deduct the amount by which your . . . → Read More: Last Minute Tax Review: Have You Taken All the Deductions On Your Healthcare?

Tax Season Reminder: The Health Insurance Tax Deduction For the Self-Employed

If you are self-employed, don’t forget that you are entitled to take your health insurance premiums as an “above the line” tax deduction. With the killer cost of health insurance for the self-employed, it is one small (very small!) thing that Uncle Sam does to help make your health insurance costs more affordable.

In order to take . . . → Read More: Tax Season Reminder: The Health Insurance Tax Deduction For the Self-Employed

Health Insurance Will Raise Average Health Insurance Premiums 8% to 14%

Yes, California health insurers are at it again. The costs of medical care may have only gone up 3.6% last year, but California’s largest health insurers are planning on raising average health insurance rates from 8% to 14% for hundreds of thousands of members with individual health insurance policies. Health insurance premiums have already been . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Will Raise Average Health Insurance Premiums 8% to 14%

Case Study: Is There Any Good Health Insurance For the Self-Employed?

So today, we’re putting that question out to all the self-employed folks: Is there any good health insurance answer for the self-employed? Private insurance, PCIPs, state high-risk pools, professional groups/associations… they’ve all got their pros and cons, as anyone who has tried to find health insurance as a self-employed well knows. Private health insurance is . . . → Read More: Case Study: Is There Any Good Health Insurance For the Self-Employed?

PCIPs: Are Members of State High-Risk Pools Stuck Until 2014?

When the Affordable Care Act established the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Health Insurance Pools as an affordable health insurance haven for Americans with pre-existing conditions, there was always the lingering question: What about the people who are already in state high-risk pools? Are they going to be able to join the PCIPs too?

The PCIPs . . . → Read More: PCIPs: Are Members of State High-Risk Pools Stuck Until 2014?

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