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Jeff Smedsrud

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)

Last Updated: 08/08/2018

Officially, the Obama-era penalty for not having health insurance ends on December 31, 2018. The penalty is 2.5 percent of …

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

Last Updated: 11/21/2017

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr The Graham-Cassidy bill is the Republicans’ final effort at Obamacare repeal. If passed, it could …

How the GOP’s Failure to Repeal Obamacare Affects You

Last Updated: 07/18/2017

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hoped to pass a repeal-only bill to Obamacare, some …

11 Ways New Obamacare Enrollment Rules Might Hurt Consumers

Last Updated: 10/05/2018

The latest Obamacare enrollment rules from the Trump administration to stabilize healthcare costs will potentially favor health insurance companies. While Donald …

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

Last Updated: 05/01/2017

Short term medical (STM) insurance has long been considered a viable alternative for individuals who are temporarily without health insurance …

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

Last Updated: 03/21/2017

After months of saying there would be no extension to this year’s open enrollment, guess what? Obamacare was extended. But …

Health Insurance Enrollment Extension Not Final Deadline

Last Updated: 03/21/2017

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

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

Last Updated: 03/21/2017

Few movie scenes are as memorable as Helen Hunt’s obscenity-laced rant against Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) in the 1997 Oscar …

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

Last Updated: 03/21/2017

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