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How Can Even a Harvard-Educated Health Economist Can Screw Up Open Enrollment?

Yes, the system is that bad. Even experts in health insurance and health economics screw up their open enrollment choices:

“You should never have an HMO,” the neurosurgeon’s secretary told me on the phone, her voice filled with scorn. “You don’t have any out-of-network benefits. Dr. Bruce participates with no insurance plans. Only out-of-network benefits . . . → Read More: How Can Even a Harvard-Educated Health Economist Can Screw Up Open Enrollment?

Open Enrollment: Is Your Health Insurance Plan Still the Best Plan For Your?

Open Enrollment season is starting at a lot of companies now, and we thought this story is a great illustration of why it’s important to take a look at your health insurance plans every year:

When Sarah and I graduated from college, we were both lucky enough to find jobs almost immediately. Since we weren’t . . . → Read More: Open Enrollment: Is Your Health Insurance Plan Still the Best Plan For Your?

Open Enrollment: Could Buying Health Insurance Get Easier This Year?

We don’t know about you but we find most health insurance information about as comprehensible as a foreign language. Between copays, coinsurance, multiple deductibles, out-of-pocket limits… really it might as well be Turkish.

We have a theory that health insurers actually like that way. After all, the less we understand, the easier it is to . . . → Read More: Open Enrollment: Could Buying Health Insurance Get Easier This Year?

Open Enrollment: Health Insurance Premiums Rise Again… A Little

Open enrollment season is around the corner, and the news on this year’s health insurance premiums is actually not bad for once:

A family with employer-provided health insurance now pays just under $16,000 in annual premiums, an increase of about 4 percent over a year ago, according to a study released Tuesday by the . . . → Read More: Open Enrollment: Health Insurance Premiums Rise Again… A Little

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?

Are Your Ready for Open Enrollment?

Fall open enrollment is around the corner. Are you prepared for that stack of paper that will dictate your family’s health insurance coverage for the next year? Probably not as it turns out:

A majority of employees said they aren’t receiving adequate enrollment information about their company’s benefit plans, according to an Aflac Inc. . . . → Read More: Are Your Ready for Open Enrollment?

Will You Be Throwing Away $750 This Open Enrollment Season?

We know open enrollment season is still a few weeks away for most people, but do you have $750 to throw away this year? We didn’t think so:

“Far too many people don’t really understand their benefits,” says Audrey Tillman, executive vice president of Corporate Services at Aflac. “In fact, most employees are on autopilot.” . . . → Read More: Will You Be Throwing Away $750 This Open Enrollment Season?

Is Your Employer Diving Into the Wellness Pool?

We know we’ve had a lot of bad news this open enrollment season (health insurance premiums going up, health insurance benefits going down, health insurance being dropped altogether, etc.), but there is one employer benefit which just continues to grow and grow and grow: employer wellness programs. Yes, employers love wellness programs which are usually . . . → Read More: Is Your Employer Diving Into the Wellness Pool?

Are You Ready for Open Enrollment?

We’re still some weeks away from open enrollment season, but are you ready for the health insurance maze that’s about to come baring down at 90 miles an hour? Here’s a preview of the fun that’s about to hit you in the face:

How could a mere copay, which you may think of as that . . . → Read More: Are You Ready for Open Enrollment?

How Important Is Open Enrollment Season? One Family Finds Out…

Open enrollment is still a good three months away, but if you’ve ever wondered why you need to sit through your employer’s open enrollment presentations, well, one family found out:

Amber Cooper and her husband were doing OK. They had jobs, a healthy 5-year-old son, a house in Riverbank, Calif., and health insurance from her . . . → Read More: How Important Is Open Enrollment Season? One Family Finds Out…