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Schedule a Day of Doctor Appointments Schedule a Day of Doctor Appointments

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…

What the Midterm Results Mean for Abortion Rights What the Midterm Results Mean for Abortion Rights

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.

How to Navigate the Health Care System Like a Pro How to Navigate the Health Care System Like a Pro

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.

Get Treatment for Minor Conditions Without Heading to the Doctor's Office With This Site Get Treatment for Minor Conditions Without Heading to the Doctor's Office With This Site

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.

How to Get a Safe Abortion by Mail How to Get a Safe Abortion by Mail

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.

How to Fact Check Candidates' Claims on Pre-Existing Conditions How to Fact Check Candidates' Claims on Pre-Existing Conditions

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.

What Questions Do You Have About Open Enrollment? What Questions Do You Have About Open Enrollment?

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?

How to Sign Up for ACA Health Insurance for 2019 How to Sign Up for ACA Health Insurance for 2019

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.

How to Help Trans Children, According to Pediatricians How to Help Trans Children, According to Pediatricians

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.”

How to Get the Best Medical Care for Your Miscarriage How to Get the Best Medical Care for Your Miscarriage

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 Health Care Terms You Need to Know The Health Care Terms You Need to Know

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.

When to Sign Up for a College Health Insurance Plan When to Sign Up for a College Health Insurance Plan

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.

How to Rate Your Pain on a Scale of 1 to 10 How to Rate Your Pain on a Scale of 1 to 10

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?”

Your Health Insurance Company Probably Knows More About You Than You Realize Your Health Insurance Company Probably Knows More About You Than You Realize

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.

How to Maximize Your High-Deductible Health Plan How to Maximize Your High-Deductible Health Plan

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,…

What Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned What Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

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.

Eyedrops Are Too Big Eyedrops Are Too Big

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.

What's an Association Health Care Plan? What's an Association Health Care Plan?

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.

How to Open a Health Savings Account How to Open a Health Savings Account

If you don’t have employer insurance, where can you open a Health Savings Account? That’s what we’re considering this week.

You Could Be Denied Pre-Existing Condition Coverage by Employer Health Plans if the ACA Is Repealed  You Could Be Denied Pre-Existing Condition Coverage by Employer Health Plans if the ACA Is Repealed 

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…

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