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How Are Medicare Premiums Determined?

The beginning of the year always brings about change. Some are changes you may make …

Top 10 Procedures to Help You Reach Your Deductible

Here are ten medical procedures that can run up your health insurance deductible in just one …

Does Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are common in seniors. By age 80, more than 50 percent of Americans either …

Which Open Enrollment Year Is It?

As you may be aware, the annual Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for healthcare occurs during …

Minnesota’s Open Enrollment Deadline Extended for 2019

This year in Minnesota, you have extra time to join Obamacare and private health insurance …

Medicare Advantage Rates to Decrease in 2019

The world of Medicare can often seem like a maze. It’s complicated, involving the government …

Will Your Healthcare Affect Your Immigration Status?

Immigrants could soon face a harder time gaining legal resident status if they accept Medicaid, …

Medicare vs. Medicaid: How to Tell the Difference

You know you need government-sponsored insurance to help cover your healthcare costs, but do you …

How Can You Tell if You Have an Obamacare Plan?

How do you know an Obamacare plan is an Obamacare plan? It’s easy to find …

5 Big Changes to Limited Duration Health Plans Beginning in 2019

In 2017 and 2018, federal insurance regulators experimented with rules on limited duration health insurance …

How to Keep Your Doctor When Your Health Insurance Changes

Finding a doctor that you trust is a challenge. It’s the reason why people ask, …

As Open Enrollment 2019 Kicks Off, Many See Prices Drop

This year’s open enrollment season is bringing good news for many Obamacare customers. The time …

Uff-Da! Time’s Almost Up for Minnesotans Enrolled in Medicare Cost Plans

The 2019 elimination of most Medicare Cost Plans is uniquely confusing for Minnesota Medicare enrollees. …

8 Things You Need to Know About Health Insurance in Texas

If you don’t know about Texas open enrollment, let’s start there. Open enrollment is the …

How Does Short-Term Medical Insurance Fit Into Open Enrollment 2019?

Short-term health insurance is a more compelling choice for Americans than at any other time …

Healthcare or Health Care? We’re Sure It’s One Word

“Healthcare” is one of those words that can bring you back to grade school days. …

Back to Basics: What to Know About Basic Health Insurance

Why is it that “basic healthcare” seems anything but, well…basic? There are few topics as …

States That Have Extended Health Insurance Open Enrollment for 2019 (and States That Still Can)

The health insurance Open Enrollment Period for 2019 will be over in a flash, putting …

CMS Rejected These 9 New Medicare Card Designs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) created 10 different designs before selecting 1 …

What Is a Medicare Benefit Period?

Does this sound familiar? “My best friend just went into the hospital for the third …

8 Fringe Benefits That Come With Health Insurance Plans

If you think that all you can get out of your health insurance is payment …

How Much Do Florida Medicare Supplement Plans Cost?

The Sunshine State makes it easy to stay in good health well into your golden …

How One Failing Non-Profit Insurer Is Making A Comeback

It’s a story we know all-too-well today — a local, vital, source of health insurance …

Should You Stay in a Health Sharing Ministry for 2019?

Given the ever-changing world of healthcare coverage – as well as its increasing price – …

How You Can Replace Your Medicare Supplement Plan F

Many seniors are wondering if Medicare Supplement Plan F is going away. The short answer …

Medicare Advantage Plans Shift Their Financial Risk To Doctors

photo: Dr. Juana Sofia Recabarren-Velarde, an internist at ChenMed in Hallandale Beach, Fla., speaks with …

Best Medicare Supplement Companies for 2019

The top 10 Medicare Supplement companies, reviewed! Standard Original Medicare is great, until it leaves …

Medigap Plan G – Discover Its Hidden Value

By the time you’re new to Medicare, or thinking about buying a Medicare Supplement policy …

What Is an Embedded Deductible in Health Insurance?

Most health insurance plans have a deductible, which is a specified amount of money you …

When Is California’s Extra-Long Open Enrollment Period for Health Insurance?

In California, ACA open enrollment lasts from October 15 to January 15, each year. California …

An Early Look at 2019 Health Insurance Prices

We are fast approaching November 1, which means we are about to enter the annual …

Why Tackling Social Issues Is Important for Health Insurance

If you’ve paid attention to news about healthcare reform, you may have heard of “bending …

3 Health Insurers Offering More Obamacare Plans in 2019

Obamacare has taken several hits over the past few years. With the repeal of the …

Lost Your Medicaid? Here’s What to Do Next

Medicaid is a program that provides health insurance coverage for certain low-income individuals and families. …

How Do Health Insurance Companies Know if You Smoke?

The next time you sign up for health insurance, you’ll be asked whether or not …

5 Telehealth Companies You Can Call Right Now

A small injury might not warrant a trip to the emergency room. But what if …

The Penalty for Not Having Health Insurance Ends October 2 (Not for Everyone – Just Most People)

Officially, the Obama-era penalty for not having health insurance ends on December 31, 2018. The …

13 Surprising Things You Can Spend Your HSA or FSA On

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are tax-deductible savings accounts that you can use to pay for …

Does Your Health Insurance Cover Art and Music Therapy?

Creative therapies, such as music and art therapy, continue to grow in popularity as complementary …

Jeff Smedsrud’s Q&A About Short-Term Medical Insurance Plans

The Trump administration has announced an Obamacare-era rule that limits short term health insurance plans …

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Care: What’s the Difference?

As a patient, you’ll eventually ask: what’s the difference between inpatient versus outpatient care? Even …

Celebrating National Immunization Awareness Month This August

“I don’t need the flu vaccine – even if I get sick, I’ll take a …

Can Health Insurers See Your Genetic Test Results?

Genetic testing continues to transform the healthcare landscape today. According to the Department of Health …

How the CHRONIC Care Act Changes Medicare for the Chronically Ill

Despite all the good Medicare does in the hospital, Medicare is known for leaving home …

Washington, D.C. Residents Still Have to Buy Health Insurance, Thanks to New Pro-Obamacare Law

After a few months of debate, the D.C. Council has voted to implement a statewide …

4 States Are Restoring the Individual Mandate to Buy Health Insurance

What Is the Individual Mandate? Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) required all …

Your How-To Guide for Summer Wellness

Compared to the winter months, why do we feel even more miserable when we catch …

Can You Insure Yourself Against Cancer?

In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United …

I Have Diabetes. Now What Do I Do?

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, planning for the …

Garrett Ball: “What Counts As Good Health for Medicare Can Surprise You” [INTERVIEW]

Even to an experienced broker, Medicare’s quirks can be surprising. So after 11 years as …

Happy National Men’s Health Month! (June 1 – June 30)

June marks the beginning of summer and Father’s Day. It’s no surprise that June is …

You Can Buy e Health Insurance in Your Pajamas

Everyone needs a good health insurance plan, and there are many available today. The confusion …

How to Make the Most of Your Phone at the Doctor’s Office

There are actually good reasons to bring your phone to medical appointments…besides playing Sudoku in …

9 Doctor Instagram Accounts You’ll Really Want To Follow

We explored how doctors use social media to heat up their medical practices. These 9 medical …

Dangers on the Diamond: Baseball Injuries and MLB Health Insurance

cover photo: Don DeBold Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training starts this week. Team owners …

The Best Pill Bottles of All Time: How Has Medicine Changed?

You should enjoy the littlest things in life – including prescription pills. Pill bottles have …

4 Easy Health Expenses You Forgot To Save Money On

When it comes to health expenses, most people would rather avoid the subject. Even if …

Best Health Insurance Companies (2018 edition)

The 12 top health insurance companies, reviewed! There’s a difference between health insurance companies and …

Healthcare in Canada vs. the USA: Facing High Costs or Long Wait Times

Canada’s healthcare system is often talked about as an alternative to the American system. Is …

Washington State Extends Health Insurance Signups To January 15, 2018

This article was written about an older Open Enrollment Period. For the most recent info, …

6 Things to Remember As You Negotiate Medical Bills

It helps to take care of your doctor, hospital and ambulance bills as soon as …

How Is Healthcare Affected By GOP Tax Bill, Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules?

Consequences of the new GOP tax bill include fewer insured Americans and cuts to public …

NYC Health Insurance: Why It’s So Expensive and Your Options

Health insurance in NYC costs more than healthcare in most other places of the country …

Connecticut, Maryland Extend Health Insurance Open Enrollment to December 22

This article was written about an older Open Enrollment Period. For the most recent info, …

5 Things Consumers Shouldn’t Overlook During This Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period

Image: Francisco Osorio / Flickr With only a few days left in the health insurance …

December 15 Is the Final Deadline for Health Insurance Open Enrollment

This article was written about an older Open Enrollment Period. For the most recent  info, …

Do You Need to Do Anything During This Open Enrollment Period?

You may have heard: the health insurance Open Enrollment Period for 2019 runs from November …

Health Insurance Special Enrollment Available for Those Affected by Hurricanes

If you were personally affected by the hurricanes or the California wildfires, you may have …

6 Major Changes to This Year’s Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period

The health insurance Open Enrollment Period for 2018 lasts only 45 days. Despite efforts from …

Get the Word Out About 2018 Obamacare Open Enrollment

This article was written about an older Open Enrollment Period. For the most recent info, …

The Evolution of Post-Acute Care and Growing Options for Short-Term Rehab

Image: Salvador Altimir / Flickr Medicare spending on this “post-acute care” increased from $29 billion …

How Ending Obamacare Subsidies to Insurers Will Affect You

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr The Trump administration’s announcement to end cost-sharing reduction subsidies can have …

Under Graham-Cassidy, This Is How Healthcare Could Look in Red, Blue States

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr The Graham-Cassidy bill is the Republicans’ final effort at Obamacare …

Will My Health Insurance Pay for LASIK Surgery?

Image: Focus Clinic / Flickr Unless it’s considered the only medical option to treat a …

5 Senior Care Startups Revolutionizing the Traditional Nursing Home

Image: SupportPDX/Flickr Entrepreneurs who spot an opportunity in caregiving are keenly aware that the U.S. …

Here’s Why Americans Are Forgoing Health Insurance and Joining Faith-Based Health Plans

Image: Alejandro Rdguez / Flickr More than 1 million Americans are currently enrolled in faith-based …

Here Are Free or Discounted Healthcare Options If You’re Underinsured

Image: Pan American Health Organization / Flickr There are some very real dangers that come …

Does Insurance Cover Service Dogs?

Image: DoD News / Flickr Owning a service dog can cost upwards of $50,000 – …

22 Startups Share Their Struggles, Tips for Finding Healthcare for Employees

Image: FOCUS: Map of Your World We reached out to 22 small businesses and got …

Examining Part D: The Most-Prescribed Drug in Every U.S. State

Image: Matvevna | Pixabay Which Drug is Prescribed Most in America? The interactive map below uses …

The Cost of Care for the Human Body, Part by Part [INFOGRAPHIC]

From the heart to the knees, we take a look at the average cost of …

What’s Wrong with Prior Authorization for Medication and How to Fix It

Image: Ged Carroll | Flickr Prior authorization is intended to save money for insurers, but …

Health Insurance for Summer Camp: Does My Plan Cover My Child?

Image: New York YMCA Camp / Flickr If your son or daughter needs medical care …

How the GOP’s Failure to Repeal Obamacare Affects You

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hoped to pass a …

Here’s Why Ambulances Are So Expensive

Image:ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd. / Flickr From the equipment costs and employee salaries to flaws in how …

Follow These 8 Tips to Reduce Your Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs

Photo by CafeCredit under CC 2.0 Yearly out-of-pocket healthcare costs have more than doubled in …

A Guide to Nursing Home Coverage: Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Options

Image: Sima Dimitric / Flickr Both Medicaid and Medicare pay for nursing home care; however, …

How to Navigate Your Health Insurance Provider Network

Image: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Flickr Have you ever been told not …

Health Insurance for Pets: Is It Worth It?

Image: Virginia State Parks / Flickr Pet health insurance may not make sense right now, …

Do Health Insurance Companies Drug Test?

Image: kevinkarnsfamily / Flickr It’s not common practice, but health insurance companies sometimes do drug …

Healthcare and the Presidency: 45 U.S. Presidents’ Healthcare Quotes

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr From one presidency to the next, the American healthcare system …

Access to Equal Healthcare: A History of LGBTQ Healthcare Coverage

Image: Ted Eytan / Flickr From homosexuality’s roots as a “mental illness” to the acquisition …

Supporters, Opponents of Association Health Plans Uncertain About Senate Healthcare Bill

Image: Shashi Bellamkonda / Flickr The BCRA offers a new approach to small business health …

Everything You Need to Know About Your Breastfeeding Health Insurance Benefits

Image: Maja / Flickr Under Obamacare, women were granted more breastfeeding health insurance benefits. They’ll …

11 Major LGBT Health Issues That Are (Mostly) Covered by Your Health Insurance

Image: Ted Eytan / Flickr While it’s reasonable for a seemingly healthy person to opt …

This Is What You Can Do to Keep Your Health Insurance After Divorce

Image: Mike Maguire / Flickr If you’re in the process of divorce and fear losing …

Top 3 Reasons to Use an HSA

 Image: Kevin Dooley / Flickr Under both House and Senate bills, the relaxing of rules …

4 States Hit Hardest by BCRA Medicaid Cuts

Image: Sarah Stierch / Flickr The proposed cuts to Medicaid under the Senate healthcare bill …

7 Healthcare Options If You Lose Your Obamacare Subsidy

Image: Nate Grigg / Flickr Under the Senate’s new proposed healthcare bill, 24 million Americans …

10 Most Affordable LGBT-Friendly Mental Health Resources

Image: Sara Zollino / Flickr These apps and digital platforms offer affordable, online therapy options …

Does Health Insurance Cover Egg Freezing?

Image:  David W / Flickr Everything you need to know about egg freezing: what is …

As Insurance Options Shrink, Families Are ‘Holding Our Breath’

Image: Eileen Blass / Kaiser Health News Many health insurance options shrink, as portions of …

Do You Really Need to Take That Ambulance to the Emergency Room?

Image: Mike Way / Flickr Taking an ambulance to the ER is often unnecessary and …

Obamacare State Exchanges in Midst of Uncertainty as Insurers Prepare to Exit

Image: Ted Eytan / Flickr Wednesday marks a key deadline for health insurance companies and …

HealthCare.com News Roundup: Fathers’ Day Edition

Image: flickr / Tambako The Jaguar News highlights of the week include an LGBTQ Healthcare Bill …

The 5 Gayest Healthcare Startups Right Now

Fanpop.com / misanthrope86 From revamping STD testing to finding LGBTQ-friendly healthcare providers, these gay healthcare startups …

Medicare Eligibility: Do You Qualify?

Image: fiction of reality / Flickr Whether you’re getting closer to turning 65 or you’re nowhere …

How to Compare Prescription Drug Prices to Save Money on Medicare Part D

Image: David Kessler / Flickr You can save money on Medicare Part D by simply …

HealthCare.com News Roundup: The Opioid Crisis Origin Story & a Baking Soda Shortage

Image: Flickr / bestofbakingsoda In this week’s HealthCare.com News Roundup: the importance of healthcare proxies, the …

How Do Health Insurance Companies Make Money?

Image: Flickr / David Goehring With increasing healthcare costs a major concern for many, we …

Want to Save Money? Quit Smoking on World No Tobacco Day

Image: Pixabay /markusspiske Cigarettes are expensive – and not just on your wallet. Smoking contributes …

Do Millennials Need Health Insurance?

Image: Flickr / Virginia State Parks Whether millennials need health insurance or not, we’re seeing …

5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Open Enrollment

This article was written about an older Open Enrollment Period. For the most recent info, …

3 VA Partnerships That Could Transform Veterans’ Healthcare

Image: Flickr / Oleg Afonin From building a redesigned VA hospital in New Orleans to …

HealthCare.com News Roundup: ‘Healthcare’ = Fighting Words in Montana, Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

In this week’s HealthCare.com News Roundup: ‘Healthcare’ = Fighting Words in Montana, New Strategies to …

Confused About Health Insurance? Watch These 20 Healthcare Videos

Image: Vox These short healthcare videos on YouTube will help you gain a better understanding …

Have You Considered These Alternatives to COBRA Coverage?

If you’ve ever been insured through COBRA, then you probably know about its downside: the …

Unnecessary Medical Tests Cost $200B, Cause 30,000 Deaths Annually

Image: Simon Davis/DFID Excessive and unnecessary medical tests contribute to $200 billion in wasteful spending and …

Report: Health Insurance Premiums Increased 105% Under Obamacare

The latest ASPE report downplays ACA’s positive impacts, including coverage for essential benefits and people with …

Study: Older Doctors Put More Patients at Risk

A recent study from Harvard Medical School shows that higher patient mortality rates are associated …

What’s the Difference Between a Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant?

[Image via Pixabay] While the two roles sometimes fulfill the duties traditionally associated with doctors, …

Walgreens Partners With VA, VFW to Improve Mental Healthcare

Walgreens is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans of …

How to Choose Medicare Coverage When You Have Multiple Chronic Conditions

Image: Costculator Nearly three-fourths of those on Medicare in the United States suffer from multiple chronic …

HealthCare.com News Roundup: NFL Healthcare Benefits, Transgender Healthcare in Ohio

In this week’s HealthCare.com News Roundup: UnitedHealth committing fraud (allegedly), a report on NFL healthcare benefits, …

Don’t Overlook These 5 Things When Choosing a Healthcare Plan

Image: Ias – initially / Flickr Neglecting to look at things like cost-sharing and pharmacy …

Health Insurance 101: A Primer on Navigating Your Healthcare

Image: franchise opportunities / Flickr This Health Insurance 101 guide will walk you through on …

Need a Birth Control Prescription? There’s an App for That

Image: Nurx Different birth control apps have afforded alternative ways for women to access birth control – …

Health Insurance Tips for the College Grad

Image: Jeff Wilcox / Flickr From staying on your parents’ plan to enrolling in an ACA …

Single-Payer Healthcare in New York Close to Reality

The New York Health Act is a bill that would create a single-payer healthcare system …

Medicare 101: Key Points You Need to Know

Image: Garry Knight / Flickr More than 55 million people are currently covered under Medicare. …

How Much Are Total Pregnancy Costs?

Image: Joe Green / Flickr Altogether, your pregnancy costs will depend on these four different …

What Happens When Major Insurers Exit the Obamacare Marketplace?

Image: Stuart Seeger / Flickr If insurers Anthem, Centene, Cigna, and Molina all exit, it’ll …

Is Marijuana Legalization the Answer to Medicaid’s Costs?

Image: Retinafunk / Flickr Nationwide marijuana legalization could save $500 million per year on overall …

HealthCare.com News Roundup: Blue Cross Blue Shield Partners with Lyft, Aetna Marketplace Withdrawals

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr In this week’s HealthCare.com News Roundup: Mitch McConnell defends all-male …

Obamacare or Short-Term Health Insurance: Pros & Cons

Image: ITU Pictures / Flickr Obamacare and short-term health insurance plans have varying levels of healthcare …

Have Sex This Valentine’s Day, Pregnancy Experts Agree

Conceiving on or around Valentine’s Day will limit your pregnancy to a single calendar year―and limit your …

Depending on Where You Live, Life Expectancy in US Can Vary by 20 Years

Image: Always Shooting / Flickr Socioeconomic factors and lack of access to quality healthcare, unsurprisingly, …

HealthCare.com Stories: Share Your Personal Healthcare Stories

Image: Navy Medicine / Flickr HealthCare.com Stories will be a new series featuring the personal stories …

How to Find the Right Health Insurance for Senior Parents

Image: Tom French / Flickr Whether Medicare or otherwise, here are 5 things you need …

Why Health Insurance Is Important

Image: Carlos Reusser Monsalvez / Flickr At a time when possible ACA repeal could affect …

7 Reasons Why Medigap Plan F Is the Most Popular Medicare Supplement

Image: Neville Wootton / Flickr Approximately 6.5 million Medicare Supplement plans currently in the U.S. …

Unintended Effect of Obamacare: Decrease in Personal Bankruptcy Rate

Image: Pete Prodoehl / Flickr Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the …

The Bill to Replace Obamacare: Winners and Losers

If the American Health Care Act manages to successfully replace Obamacare, here are all the …

5 Doctors in Congress and Their Opinions on Healthcare Reform

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Does having a medical background influence the way our legislators …

6 Factors to Consider When Picking a Health Insurance Company

Choosing a health insurance company can be a daunting task. Here are 6 things to consider …

Why Hispanic Men Are Less Likely to Seek Healthcare

Peter Uribe, a Chilean immigrant, once considered a career in soccer but a foot injury …

3 Medicare Coverage Options and Their Costs

Image: Thomas Backa / Flickr A story about three Medicare seniors who chose different Medicare coverage options …

These States Will Be Most Affected by Cuts to ACA Subsidies

The Trump administration has agreed to continue paying current ACA subsidies, but hasn’t made future …

How to Choose the Right Medicare Coverage

Image: Knox County Government / Flickr For those turning 65, how do you know what …

5 Things to Know About the Health Issue That Could Shut Down the Government

Congress must pass a bill this week to keep most of the government running beyond …

What Is Medigap and When Is It Right for the Medicare Senior?

A look at Medigap and its coverage, how it works, and why Medicare seniors should …

6 Health Insurance Questions to Ask When Planning a Family

If you’re planning a family, expect a lot of changes to your healthcare coverage needs. …

Physician Burnout: Are Our Doctors Healthy?

Physician burnout is getting increasingly common, but several different initiatives can potentially hinder its institutional growth. …

Why You Should Consider Adding Dental Health Coverage

A brief look at dental health coverage and the different types of dental health insurance …

How Do Medicare and Medigap Pay My Medical Bills?

Medigap pays for some of the bills left over by Medicare’s coverage gaps – and it …

Obamacare Too Expensive? Consider Short-Term Health Insurance

Do you find Obamacare too expensive? Short-term health insurance is both a flexible and cost-saving …

11 Ways New Obamacare Enrollment Rules Might Hurt Consumers

The latest Obamacare enrollment rules from the Trump administration to stabilize healthcare costs will potentially favor …

5 Ways to Save Money During Your Hospital Stay

Even covered under a health insurance plan, the average American consumer can spend more than …

Do You Have to Pay the Obamacare Penalty This Year?

Whether to Pay the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment (or the “Obamacare Penalty”) This Year, and What …

Death of GOP Health Care Bill: Trumpcare Goes the Way of Clintoncare

Disagreement Between Congressional Republicans Over Paul Ryan’s GOP Health Care Bill Bring to Mind the …

Short Term Medical: A Remedy to Rising Health Insurance Costs?

Short term medical (STM) insurance has long been considered a viable alternative for individuals who …

Obamacare Open Enrollment Extended in 2016 for Certain Individuals Who Did Not Pay 2014 Taxes

After months of saying there would be no extension to this year’s open enrollment, guess …

Healthcare Consumerism is Coming: An Op-Ed from Jeffery Boyd in USA TODAY

We are true believers in the consumerization of healthcare. That’s why my partners and I decided …

Health Insurance Enrollment Extension Not Final Deadline

UPDATE 12/09: Open Enrollment for 2017 runs from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. …

Steep Penalty For Not Buying Health Insurance Becomes Reality in 2016

When the Affordable Care Act initially rolled out, the fine for not buying a health …

New Affordable Care Act Customers Surpass 1 Million Mark

Since the beginning of the 2016 health insurance open enrollment season, news about the Affordable …

First Time Buyers Guide For Health Insurance

Congratulations! You are now responsible for purchasing your own health insurance plan. But buying health …

Being Uninsured: By Choice or Circumstance?

Between 2000-2010 the number of uninsured rose as the recession left individuals unemployed or choosing …

Now Is The Time To Use Your Health Insurance

There are only 22 days until Christmas and 29 days until New Year’s Day 2016. …

Three Healthcare Stories To Help You Shop Before Deadline

During its long stint on television, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, featured a skit …

Learn What The Health Insurance Metal Levels Mean

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but precious metals are something nearly anyone can …

How Health Insurance Is Like Car Insurance, And What Can Happen If You Go Uninsured

Insurance policies, whether it be home, health, life or car insurance, are all meant to …

How Does a Health Insurance Deductible Work?

In 2015 employees contributed a total of $4,698 to their monthly health insurance premium, deductible, …

Should Smokers Pay More For Health Insurance?

Before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, an individual could pay more for health …

Buying Health Insurance: What You Need to Know Right Now

The Affordable Care Act 3.0 has kicked off quietly, now that websites are working with …

5 Myths About Health Insurance Open Enrollment

With just two months left in the year, one’s attention can be focused on school …

5 Factors For Better Healthcare Engagement

By Doug Ghertner, President of Change Healthcare People often ask me if a proactive, personalized …

Why Cost Sharing Health Plans Can Save Millions of People Money

In August an Avalere report revealed more than 2 million people failed to sign up …

Shopping Around for Health Insurance Can Save Hundreds of Dollars

With open enrollment 2016 nearly upon us, millions of individuals who purchase their own health …

You’re Waiting Too Long to See Your Doctor

Patients often tell me it’s difficult to get a timely appointment with doctors, and even …

Lifetime Healthcare Costs Skyrocket

A recent Fidelity Retirement Health Care Cost Estimate found that healthcare costs for retirees have …

Health Insurance Dos and Don’ts For The Sandwich Generation

The Sandwich Generation has become an increasingly more trendy term, although it isn’t technically a …

Pre-Existing Conditions in The Era of The ACA: A Healthcare Consumer Speaks

For Tracy Rude, a lifelong campaign for better healthcare began when several friends had to …

Mental and Physical Healthcare – Is the Coverage Equal?

If a family member or close friend came to you and confided that they needed …

What to Do If Your Health Insurance Company is Hacked

With each passing week, it seems, news hits of another major hack on a health …

New Healthcare Startups Bring Drugs and Doctors to Your Door

Stu Libby had to catch a plane to Europe in a few hours. While packing, …

What Are Narrow Networks and Do They Matter for Your Health Insurance?

Imagine you are shopping for a plan on your state’s health insurance exchange. Like most …

How to Get Ready For Medicare Open Enrollment

Each year, Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 – December 7. This is the …

Why Marketplace Health Insurance Might Not be The Best Deal

The health insurance open enrollment season is nearly upon us, and analysts are excitedly wringing …

Rising Health Insurance Medical Deductibles Soar Past Wage Increases

When discussing the prospect of buying a health insurance plan, price is typically the star …

Do Healthcare Consumers Really Have a Choice? Is This As Good As It Gets?

Few movie scenes are as memorable as Helen Hunt’s obscenity-laced rant against Health Maintenance Organizations …

Healthcare Consumers Get Financial Relief From ACA Rule

The affordability of the Affordable Care Act has taken another positive step to help consumers, …

Is Pharma Really the Villain? – Understanding the Real Cost of Healthcare

The toughest issue in healthcare is not access, but cost. We hear much about the …

What Would a Single Payer Healthcare System Look Like?

Single-payer healthcare is having a moment. Bernie Sanders, the left-wing Senator from Vermont whose presidential …

What Would Presidential Candidates Pay for Health Insurance?

(Photo Credit: PBS.org) On the eve of the Republican Presidential debate on CNN, I asked myself: …

Skip the Clinic: Now You Can Order Your Own Medical Tests

Since the dawn of modern medicine, patients have needed the doctor’s permission and expensive technology …

Five Things That Make Healthcare So Expensive

It’s no secret that healthcare is expensive in the United States. Our almost $3 trillion …

How Telemedicine Will Revolutionize Healthcare

Recall, for a moment, your last trip to the doctor’s office or hospital. How long …

Cost-Sharing Reductions: A Little-Known Part of Obamacare that Could Save Thousands

By now most consumers know that they can get premium subsidies to buy health insurance …

How Startup Oscar is Leading the Charge Toward Consumer-Friendly Health Insurance

Founded in the summer of 2013 just before the launch of the Obamacare insurance exchanges, …

How New Health IT Will Change Your Relationship With Your Doctor

Do you know what information is in your electronic health record? Do you have access …

Millennials Are Poised to Forever Change the Way Healthcare is Delivered

The 75-million strong Millennial generation – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – …

Let’s Bring “Quantified Health” to Populations That Need It

Wearable fitness trackers and their complementary smartphone apps are taking the world by storm. There …

More People Think They are Covered by Health Insurance – but is the Coverage Good Enough?

Since 2008, the government’s healthcare focus has been to help uninsured people find coverage. However, …

Health Insurance Comparison Shopping is About to Get Real

Over the past months, insurance companies from coast to coast have announced plans to increase …

What All of These Insurance Mergers Mean for Your Healthcare

Last month, the big five national health insurance companies announced plans to consolidate into just …

How Patients, Families and Clinicians are Changing End-of-Life Conversations

Imagine this scenario: an elderly woman, Mrs. Jones, is rushed from the nursing home to …

The Best Healthcare Resources for Startups

As a startup, you want to attract and hire the best talent to take your …

Solutions for Escalating Employee Healthcare Costs

Employers are in a Catch-22. Their health insurance costs are rising, yet there is only …

Obamacare Rules for Employers

Obamacare changed the landscape of health insurance for individuals – and employers – both large …

Only 100 Days Until Health Insurance Shopping Begins

We are now 100 days from the next open enrollment period. Millions of Americans will …

Marketplace Insurance vs. Private Health Insurance Plans

Now that we are two years into the Affordable Care Act, nearly anyone who does …

You Better Shop Around for Health Insurance

This time, you really need to shop around when searching for a health plan during …

On the Horizon of a Healthcare Insurance Evolution

This is part 2 of a 2 part series. In the first part of this …

How Much Are You Paying in State Health Exchange Fees?

After the close of the 2015 health insurance open enrollment period, the federal marketplace boasted …

What Millennials Think About Health Insurance Exchanges

In a recent two-part survey organized by GenRe Life Corporation, researchers asked individuals about their …

A Cause For Demanding Better Healthcare Data

In a city too often polluted by political posturing, a new group recently formed in …

Health Insurance Subsidies Won’t Go Away With Supreme Court Decision

Subsidies won’t go away no matter what the Supreme Court decides, but they are on …

Little Known Rule Gives Millions Access to Healthcare Plans

On Monday, April 20, 2015, over 68,000 individuals had taken advantage of the federal government’s …

A Step to Create Healthcare Transparency

Consumers need more transparency to help them make better healthcare decisions. Too often, it is …

Top 3 Tips for Reducing Your Medical Bill Costs

Guest post by David Holt Did you know that you can negotiate your medical bills? …

Nurse Salary Gap Study Provides No Rx for Problems in Healthcare System

A recent study conducted by The Journal of the American Medical Association found male registered …

Pregnant? It Could Soon Mean You Can Buy Health Insurance at Any Time

It is not official yet, but expect The White House to announce that being pregnant …

How to Mess Up Your Tax Subsidy and Owe the Government Money

Meet my family. My wife and I have three college-age children. Each of the kids made …

Extension Granted to Help Uninsured Avoid Tax Penalty

Congratulations American taxpayers – many of you now have more time to apply for a …

Dates for 2015-2016 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Announced

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the dates for the 2015-2016 open …

46 States Extend Health Insurance Deadline

Since publishing this article, two more states have extended deadlines, making the total number extending …

You Still Have Time to Get Health Insurance

If you have started a health insurance application but were not able to complete it, …

Shopping for Health Insurance Without Fear

When last week’s security breach was announced by Anthem, the second largest health insurance company in …

Determining if You Qualify for a Tax Subsidy

The rate of uninsured Americans has dropped, hitting the lowest level of 12.9 percent at …

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Enroll in a Health Plan by February 15

The countdown is on. The last day to buy a health insurance plan for 2015 …

ACA Tax Question: Who Can You Claim as a Dependent?

One question HealthCare.com frequently gets from customers is whether or not they can claim a …

Healthcare Tax Credits: What is Considered Income?

Your premium tax credit eligibility depends in part on your income. So what exactly qualifies …

Top Health Concerns Among African Americans

Race and ethnicity sometimes influence what illnesses and diseases we are susceptible to developing. Genetics …

What is Minimum Essential Coverage?

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5 Things About Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer once ranked as the no. 1 cause of cancer deaths for U.S. women. …

Deadline Reminder: January 15 is Looming

The next 2015 open-enrollment deadline falls on Jan. 15. If you need a health insurance …

Should You Take a Tax Credit Now or Later?

Premium tax credits can help reduce what you pay for a health insurance plan throughout …

Where to Buy Obamacare Health Insurance Plans

This is the first article of an ongoing series. The Affordable Care Act requires most …

Can You Afford a Broken Leg? What Active People Should Consider When Buying Health Insurance

So you’re healthy, active and don’t visit the doctor too often, does that mean a …

5 Immunity-Boosting Actions You Can Take Every Day

It may be the end of the holiday season, but it’s also cold and flu …

Immigration Status and Health Insurance Coverage

Who must buy a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act? Are seasonal workers …

How to Save Up To $700 On Your Health Insurance

Did you automatically renew your health insurance plan on Dec. 15? Did you pick the same …

Top 10 Blogs of 2014

It’s the end of the year, and time to look back on accomplishments from the …

FDA Hopes To Educate (So You’ll Put Down the Cheeseburger)

Choosing a low-cal fast-food menu option can feel like a bit of a gamble. Salads …

7 Things You Should Never Do When Shopping for Health Insurance

Shopping for health insurance ranks high on our list of hated activities. Two-thirds of Americans …

Healthcare Tech: Sleep Cycle—Your App for a Better Night’s Rest

A few years ago, when I struggled with sleep issues—namely difficulty falling asleep, trouble getting …

5 Most Common Childhood Disorders

Guest post by Vitals If you’re like most parents, you’ve been worrying about your children’s health …

Reminder: Cancel Your Current Health Insurance

If you haven’t already, add these items to your December to-do list: Shop and enroll …

HealthCare.com Experiences Surge in Referral Business

HealthCare.com, the nation’s leading private comparison tool and search engine for health insurance plans, said …

The 22 Healthcare Services Provided to Women for Free

Preventive care is important to healthy individuals and communities. Chronic diseases, which are typically the …

What’s the Best Health Insurance Option for Young Adults Under Age 26?

Under the Affordable Care Act, young adults seem to have more health insurance options than …

Need Health Insurance on January 1? You Have One Week to Enroll!

Are you ready for New Year’s Day? If you plan to start 2015 with health …

15 Health and Fitness Gifts Under $25

You don’t need to default to another gift card this holiday season. Delight someone with …

6 Options for Those Who Think They Can’t Afford Health Insurance

The Affordable Care Act includes many provisions intended to make health insurance plans more accessible …

What You Need to Know About Out-of-Network Emergency Care

We all know that medical bills can cause a little stress. Unexpected medical bills can …

Healthcare Tech: A Reluctant Tracker Tries MyFitnessPal

The majority of Americans do not track their health, weight or exercise with a fitness …

What Diabetes Costs Consumers, How Prevention Can Save

Earlier this month we reported on America’s rising diabetes rates and what you can do …

FOR SALE: Used Parachute. Never Opened. Half-Price or Best Offer.

We’ve all heard the saying you get what you pay for. As a consumer, you make …

Where Do I Buy Health Insurance if I Work or Live in Two States?

We live in an age of increasing geographic mobility. People drive across state lines to …

Diabetes Rates are on the Rise, How You Can Slow Them Down

November is National Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness about one of the United …

4 Reasons You Should Consider Changing Your Medicare Part D Plan This Year

Medicare open enrollment is well underway. With a few weeks left you still have time …

2015 Health Insurance Rates for Oregon

The Oregon Insurance Division on Aug. 1, 2014, announced approved rates for 2015 individual and …

2015 Health Insurance Rates for Maryland

Maryland announced approved 2015 health insurance rates Aug. 22 for six carriers returning to the …

2015 Health Insurance Rates for Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Health Insurance Commissioner, Kathleen C. Hittner, MD, in July announced approved health insurance …

10 Health and Finance Questions to Ask Yourself During Open Enrollment

The time has come to make 2015 health insurance decisions. For many of us, cash …

How to Prevent Becoming a Diabetic

Guest feature from Vitals.com Hearing you’re pre-diabetic can be upsetting – but it’s not a …

Your Pre-Existing Condition is Not a Barrier to Health Insurance and Other Obamacare Reminders

It used to be that health insurance companies could deny individual health insurance applicants coverage …

2015 Health Insurance Rates for Ohio

Open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans begins Nov. 15, and Americans want to know …

Rural Americans Face Health Insurance Barriers

The Affordable Care Act seeks to improve access to health care for Americans. Great strides …

2015 Health Insurance Rates for New York State of Health

New York health insurance rates for 2015, including those for NY State of Health, the …

Specialty Medications Mean Special Considerations When Choosing a Health Insurance Plan

Choosing the right health insurance plan is a difficult task, even for the pros.[i] It …

2015 Health Insurance Plan Notifications FAQ

Not certain if your health insurance plan is set to automatically renew? Unclear about when …

Can Americans Afford Their Healthcare?

  It alarmed many last summer when a Gallup Economy poll found that 4 in …

6 Tips for a Successful 2015 Open Enrollment

  Open enrollment promises to be fast and furious this year, especially for those who …

Q&A with HealthCare.com CEO, Jeff Smedsrud

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9 Things You May Not Have Realized (and Need to Know Right Now) About 2015 Obamacare Enrollment

  It’s almost crunch time. Obamacare open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans will be …

Why Your Health Insurance Premium Could Change More Than You Think in 2015

  There are many Obamacare-related statistics in the press, especially in reference to monthly premium …

2015 Health Insurance Rates for Colorado Health

  Colorado released its approved 2015 health insurance plans and rates Sept. 22. The outlook …

Healthcare Tech: Getting to Know the iOS Apple Health App

When the Health app and HealthKit software for developers debuted with iOS 8 in September, …

How is the Obamacare Tax Credit Calculated?

  Tax credits that reduce health insurance companies may be the biggest draw to exchange-based …

Avoid a Big Medical Bill While Waiting For New Policy

U.S. consumers will be able to enroll for health insurance coverage through their state exchange, …

How Many People Dropped Their Exchange Health Plans in 2014?

Last spring, then-HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that more than 8 million Americans enrolled in …

Minnesota Announces 2015 Rates, Touts Lowest Obamacare Premiums in Nation

Obamacare open enrollment for 2015 begins Nov. 15, 2014, and the question on many Americans’ …

Know Your Costs Before You Visit Your Doctor

When you decide you need to purchase an expensive item, you typically shop around and …

Healthcare Tech: 5 of the Latest, Greatest iPhone Healthy Lifestyle Apps

With the release of iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iOS 8, which include Apple’s new …

Healthcare Consumerization in America

The Affordable Care Act, also commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” has changed the way Americans …

How You Can Get Nearly Free Health Insurance Without Being on Medicaid

In 2014, 28 states including the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid to adults under age …

Moving Out of State? What to Do About Your Health Insurance

When you move out of state, your health insurance won’t move with you. Whether you …

Why Moms, Dads Need to Buy Dental Insurance for Their Kids

Whether you are an adult or a child, brushing and flossing teeth daily and visiting …

Health Insurance for Freelancers and the Self-Employed

It is estimated that by the year 2020, 40 percent of America’s work force will …

Your Health Insurance Company Left the Exchange. Now What?

What happens when a major insurer leaves a state’s health insurance exchange? Many have their …

State Health Insurance Guides

Select your state below, and get detailed information about individual health insurance products offered in …

2015 Medicare Fall Open Enrollment Dates and How You Can Prepare

Check out the latest Medicare news and open enrollment dates for 2016. Medicare’s fall open …

Apple Unveils Watch and Health App, Ushers in a New Era of Wearable Tech, Health and Fitness

Throughout the years, Apple has changed the way people live with technology. Now, it’s about …

What You Don’t Know About Buying Health Insurance

The task of purchasing health insurance is admittedly a confusing and laborious process for most consumers …

Can I Buy Coverage After An Accident? Who Pays The Tax on Cadillac Plans?

Republished Q&A from Kaiser Health News This week, I am answering questions from readers about whether …

Match Your Prescription Drug Coverage to Your Need

Before the Affordable Care Act established minimum requirements for health insurance in 2014, prescription drug …

Health Insurance Doesn’t Need to Be a Bowl of Alphabet Soup

  What’s in a name? When it comes to health plans sold on the individual …

Visit an Out-of-Network ER? Beware Of Higher Charges.

  When you need emergency care, chances are you aren’t going to pause to figure …

Health Glossary: What Those Big Words Mean

  Have you ever started reading through a health insurance flier or website and stopped after …

Don’t Forget Dental Insurance

  Your health protection isn’t complete without oral health. Isn’t your mouth a very important …

Remember Important Obamacare Dates

  If you purchase your own health insurance, it’s a good idea to keep an …

Pre-Existing Conditions Okay; Tobacco Not So Much

  The Affordable Care Act has ushered in a new set of rules for health …

Top FAQs About Choosing a Doctor

Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) plans typically provide coverage of your care from a non-network provider, but you’ll pay a higher share of the costs. Benefits vary from plan to plan, but you might be charged a higher copayment, a higher coinsurance percentage, a combination of higher copayment plus coinsurance, or the difference between the negotiated fee for network providers and the amount charged by the non-network physician.

Top FAQs About Choosing a Dental Insurance Plan

  Who needs dental insurance? Everyone should take a look at dental insurance coverage. Why? …

Florida Health Insurance Exchange Pricing Debate Heats Up

  Florida’s proposed health insurance rates for 2015 are in, and those enrolled in the …

[Infographic] – Why Short Term Health Insurance Might Be Your Best Option

Having a gap in health insurance coverage can be a little nerve-wracking. Should you become …