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Do High Dedutibles Mean We Should Give Up on Health Insurance Altogether?

Do you wonder if your deductibles are so high that it’s even worth it to keep your health insurance? Well, you’re definitely not alone:

Ed Lee routinely negotiates for his own health-care services, everything from the cost of a scan to an urgent-care visit — often securing discounts of 30 to 50 percent off . . . → Read More: Do High Dedutibles Mean We Should Give Up on Health Insurance Altogether?

Would Your Health Insurance Really Have You Covered?

Open Enrollment Season is around the corner, and if you’ve never really thought about how your employer’s health insurance plan would cover you if you got sick, read on:

Sometimes, even having health insurance isn’t enough. Nick Shumaker faced down the shortcomings of his coverage when he learned the medicines to treat his hepatitis C . . . → Read More: Would Your Health Insurance Really Have You Covered?

Tomorrow Is August… Have You Started Using Your FSA Yet?

Just a friendly reminder if you’re one of the millions of Americans who uses a flexible spending account (FSA) to help pay for your annual healthcare expenses. We’re more than halfway through the calendar year, so if you haven’t been using your FSA to help pay for your healthcare expenses so far this year, now . . . → Read More: Tomorrow Is August… Have You Started Using Your FSA Yet?

Will You Be Starting an HSA This Year?

After our Monday post on high-deductible health insurance, we knew we would be remiss if we didn’t share some more information on the new move towards high-deductible health insurance:

The acronym HSA, which stands for health savings account, is not as strange as it once was; the same goes for high-deductible health plans, or HDHP.

. . . → Read More: Will You Be Starting an HSA This Year?

Can Even the Insured Afford To See the Doctor?

Even if you have health insurance, can you afford to go to the doctor? We started thinking about this question when we saw this familiar story in a story about high-deductible health insurance:

At his saw-sharpening business in Rice, Voigt can relate. His wife’s job once provided health insurance for the family. When she died . . . → Read More: Can Even the Insured Afford To See the Doctor?

Learning About High-Deductible Health Insurance the Hard Way

If you’ve been thinking about moving to a high-deductible health insurance plan to save some money on your health insurance premiums, but can’t quite pull the trigger, we found this interesting report on high-deductible health insurance by PBS:

Watch High-Deductible . . . → Read More: Learning About High-Deductible Health Insurance the Hard Way

Would You Pay Your Doctor a Retainer?

Interesting article in USA Today on the growing trend in physician retainer practices, a new, lower cost alternative for people looking for more of a relationship with their doctor:

Retainer practices aren’t the “concierge” or “boutique” medical practices that cater to the wealthy. Instead, they’re designed for people with high-deductible or catastrophic insurance who need . . . → Read More: Would You Pay Your Doctor a Retainer?

HSAs and Tax Season: Qualified Medical Expenses for 2012

We’re fully into the swing of tax season, so we’ll be getting into the nitty gritty now.  If you haven’t getting yourself together for April 17th tax deadline… well, needless to say it’s time to get on it. And if you have gotten on it, you’ve probably started pulling together your medical receipts for the . . . → Read More: HSAs and Tax Season: Qualified Medical Expenses for 2012

Link of the Day: GiveForward.com

We really hope that none of you will ever have to use today’s Link of the Day, but if you or a loved one every have a medical emergency, you may have to.  We first came across GiveForward.com when we were covering the skier Sarah Burke’s medical bills and her family’s financial situation after her . . . → Read More: Link of the Day: GiveForward.com

Do High School Athletes Need More Health Insurance?

If your child is an athlete, you may think that your job is to coach your child’s teams, drive them to their games, buy the equipment and bring the snacks, but have you ever thought about whether they might need one more thing from you?  Yup, if you have a child who plays high school . . . → Read More: Do High School Athletes Need More Health Insurance?