‘So long’ to limits on short-term plans?

Millions of Americans Americans seeking alternatives to the Affordable Care Act’s comprehensive (but in some cases cost-prohibitive) health coverage may soon be gravitating to short-term health plans, enticed by an attractive feature: coverage that...

Go paperless—get your “Medicare & You” electronically! – The Medicare Blog

Did you know that instead of getting a paper copy of your “Medicare & You” handbook every fall, you can sign up to get it electronically? You’ll not only be helping the...

Spot the signs of ovarian cancer – The Medicare Blog

Each year, about 22,000 women in the U.S. get ovarian cancer. It’s also the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. Early diagnosis is the key to survival, and the...

Will you owe a penalty under Obamacare?

Millions of Americans have enrolled in ACA-compliant health plans over the last four years, and the uninsured rate is far lower than it was in 2013, before the bulk of the ACA’s provisions took...

CO-OP health plans: patients’ interests first

It’s been a rough few years for the ACA’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans. There were 23 CO-OPs when the first open enrollment period got underway in the fall of 2013, but by the...

Protect your Medicare by protecting your Medicare number – The Medicare Blog

Are you a bargain hunter? Always looking for the best deal or ready for the next best thing? If someone offered you a state-of-the-art arthritis kit and said Medicare would cover it, would you...

How a health savings account (HSA) works

Would you like the ability to pay for medical expenses with pre-tax money? What about the option to build retirement savings that can be used at any time – without taxes or penalties –...

Finding a hospice provider just got easier – The Medicare Blog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working diligently to make healthcare quality information more transparent and understandable for consumers in all stages of life to empower them to take ownership of...

Billions in ACA rebates show 80/20 Rule’s impact

Over the next several weeks, you could be receiving a nice rebate check from your health insurance company. Last year, nearly 1,600 people in Hawaii ended up with rebate checks that averaged $1,339 per...

Protecting yourself from pneumonia is easy – The Medicare Blog

Did you know that 674,000 Americans go to the emergency room with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis....

Medicare helps protect you from hepatitis – The Medicare Blog

Did you know viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year? Together, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C cause 80% of liver cancer cases in...

Manage your chronic conditions with connected care – The Medicare Blog

Wayne is in his early 70s, and has diabetes and a history of high blood pressure. He was overwhelmed trying to manage both conditions at the same time. His doctor told him...

Miss open enrollment? You’ve got options.

Open enrollment for 2017 coverage is over, and open enrollment for 2018 coverage will run from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017 (HHS plans to keep this same schedule in future years as...

Take charge, take the test for HIV – The Medicare Blog

Did you know that 1 in 7 of the more than 1.1 million Americans living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they have it? Getting medical care, support, and maintaining safe behaviors...

Planning a summer vacation? Pack your health coverage! – The Medicare Blog

If you’re planning a vacation abroad this summer, you already know that there’s a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to...

Healthy men need health screenings, too – The Medicare Blog

Have you ever put off doing something and later wished you’d just gotten it over with? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about getting screened for...

Include tobacco in your spring cleaning! – The Medicare Blog

This year include tobacco in your annual spring cleaning, and haul away those cigarette butts for good! Why? Because tobacco use is the second leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 1...

Not getting quality care? Let us know. – The Medicare Blog

Did you know that if you’re unhappy with your medical care, there are ways to let us know? You have the right to get high-quality care, and if you think you haven’t,...

Qualifying events that can get you coverage

Open enrollment for 2017 ended on January 31. In general, the plans available outside of open enrollment without a qualifying event are not regulated by the ACA, and most are not a good choice to serve...

The ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies

The ACA’s premium tax credits have been discussed at length in the media. Of the more than 11 million people who had in-force coverage through the exchanges in March 2016, almost 85 percent were...

Self-employed health insurance deduction 2016

Self-employment and entrepreneurship are a dream for many people, and Obamacare has made that option easier to pursue, thanks to guaranteed-issue coverage, premium subsidies, and Medicaid expansion. For entrepreneurs who don’t have access to...

How immigrants are getting health coverage

For more than a decade, roughly one million people per year have been granted lawful permanent residence in the U.S. In addition, there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S, although that...

2017 Obamacare subsidy calculator

If you’re worried about the cost of health insurance premiums in the exchanges, it might help to know that – thanks to the law’s generous subsidies – your premiums could end up a lot...

Should you look outside the ACA’s exchanges?

One of the primary provisions of the ACA was to overhaul the individual health insurance market. The law did away with medical underwriting, gender-based premiums, and skimpy policies with exorbitant out-of-pocket exposure, and it...

Healthier living through pet ownership?

People and pets have a long history of relationships together. Discoveries of the human animal bond have been preserved in the ancient Egyptian tombs, on cave walls and even in skeletal human and animal...
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