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Author: Jeff Smedsrud

Jeff has been a healthcare reform advocate for much of his career. Creative thinker, public speaker, marathon runner, cancer survivor, charity activist and motivational speaker.

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…

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…

How the GOP’s Failure to Repeal Obamacare Affects You

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

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…

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…

Health Insurance Enrollment Extension Not Final Deadline

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

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…

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 Presidential Candidates Pay for Health Insurance?

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

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