The typical American is terrible at taking time off and seeing a doctor as often as they should. There are, of course, structural reasons for this for many people, but as the year nears its end, consider combining the two, assuming you have the stability and means: Take a day off of work to get all of your medical…
Our ability to access reproductive health care shouldn’t be a political issue, but sadly it often hinges on politicians’ actions. The recent midterms have some pluses and minuses.
People with complex medical conditions end up having a lot of contact with our health care system: surgeries, doctors’ visits, specialists and therapies and imaging tests and more. And that makes them experts, in a sense, on how to get the most out of your visits.
Even if you have great insurance, visiting the doctor can sometimes be a huge pain. You have to find a time they can fit you in, find a time you can actually get off work to make it into the office, and dig up the cash that you need to pay your co-pay — and you’re doing it all while you’re not feeling your best.
Abortion pills are safe, effective, and legal, but in many parts of the US it can be difficult to actually get your hands on them. For the first time, an online service is making the pills directly available online, through a loophole that they say is legal in the US.
In the upcoming 2018 midterms, health care is the most important issue for voters, with continuing protections for people with pre-existing conditions at the forefront of concern.
It’s Open Enrollment season, and you’ll soon be tasked with selecting the health care plan for you and your family for 2019. We know you have questions: Should you go with the PPO? HMO? ACA? HSA? Or another three-letter acronym?
If you don’t have access to insurance through your employer, parent or spouse, it’s almost time to pick a plan for the coming year. Open enrollment for the individual health insurance market begins November 1 and lasts through December 15, 2018.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new policy statement about how to support children and teens who identify as transgender or who fall under an umbrella they call “gender diverse.”
Miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy, ending around 20 to 30 percent of all pregnancies, most in the first trimester. I knew these odds before it happened to me, yet I was still caught off guard—not only by the emotional toll of the loss, but also the decisions I had to make about how to complete…
The Trump administration has made it easier for people whose employers don’t offer health insurance benefits to buy short term plans that are cheaper than plans compliant with the Affordable Care Act, but offer far fewer benefits and don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions.
As students prepare to head to college campuses across the country, there’s one financial decision they have to make that has nothing to do with FAFSA or textbooks: What to do about their health insurance.
Tell anybody in a health care setting that you’re hurting, and they always want a number. “How bad is the pain on a scale of one to 10,” they ask, “where one is no pain, and 10 is the worst pain you can imagine?”
Health insurers are interested in your data, according to a recent ProPublica report, and they may be using it to raise rates or to discriminate against groups of people—but it’s hard to know, since companies got squirrelly when asked exactly what they’re doing with the data they collect.
If you have a high deductible health plan (HDHP) and end up needing emergency or planned surgery that puts you close to or over your deductible, consider what other procedures or care you can add on in that plan year, as Carolyn McClanahan explains for Forbes. “By approaching your medical care in a thoughtful manner,…
In 1973, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that a Texas state law restricting access to abortion was unconstitutional. If that decision were to be overturned by a future Supreme Court case (something anti-abortion advocates are working toward), states could once again enforce such laws.
We need smaller eyedroppers, stat. As ProPublica has reported, eyedrops are so large that they contain more liquid than can possibly fit into your eye. Fortunately, an adapter may be on the way that won’t waste half of your pricey glaucoma medication.
The Trump administration has expanded access to association health care plans, a move that’s meant to decrease health insurance costs but could end up having the opposite effect for many people in the individual market.
If you don’t have employer insurance, where can you open a Health Savings Account? That’s what we’re considering this week.
I wrote earlier this week about how people in the individual market with pre-existing conditions could lose their health insurance coverage if a judge rules in favor of the 20 states suing over constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. But I missed an important point in that story: It’s not just people in the…