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CMS Rejected These 9 New Medicare Card Designs

Last Updated: 11/05/2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) created 10 different designs before selecting 1 as the nation’s new Medicare …

Why Tackling Social Issues Is Important for Health Insurance

Last Updated: 09/19/2018

If you’ve paid attention to news about healthcare reform, you may have heard of “bending the cost curve.” The phrase …

How Do Health Insurance Companies Know if You Smoke?

Last Updated: 10/04/2018

The next time you sign up for health insurance, you’ll be asked whether or not you use tobacco. This is …

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 …

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

Last Updated: 08/02/2018

The Trump administration has announced an Obamacare-era rule that limits short term health insurance plans to 90-days has been rolled …

Can Health Insurers See Your Genetic Test Results?

Last Updated: 08/08/2018

Genetic testing continues to transform the healthcare landscape today. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, genetic testing …

How the CHRONIC Care Act Changes Medicare for the Chronically Ill

Last Updated: 07/06/2018

Despite all the good Medicare does in the hospital, Medicare is known for leaving home needs unfilled. Older adults who …

4 States Are Restoring the Individual Mandate to Buy Health Insurance

Last Updated: 11/09/2018

What Is the Individual Mandate? Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) required all Americans to join a health …

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

Last Updated: 06/25/2018

Canada’s healthcare system is often talked about as an alternative to the American system. Is it worth the hype? It’s …