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You Could Be Denied Pre-Existing Condition Coverage by Employer Health Plans if the ACA Is Repealed  You Could Be Denied Pre-Existing Condition Coverage by Employer Health Plans if the ACA Is Repealed 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

What to Know About Your Insurance When You're on Vacation What to Know About Your Insurance When You're on Vacation

Potential medical bills might be the last thing on your mind during your summer getaway, but if something bad happens to you or a family member on vacation, you’ll want to know what your insurance will cover.

Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Is on the Line Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Is on the Line

People with pre-existing medical conditions could lose their individual health insurance coverage if a judge rules in favor of the 20 states currently suing the federal government over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Reminder: You Can Buy Sunscreen and SPF Moisturizer With Your FSA/HSA Money Reminder: You Can Buy Sunscreen and SPF Moisturizer With Your FSA/HSA Money

It’s 90 degrees in New York, which means people are finally shedding their parkas and drab black winter clothing for slightly-less drab black summer clothing. And with the removal of layers comes an annual reminder to slather on some sunscreen before you head out the door.

Search For Reliable Drug Info Using the FDA's New App Search For Reliable Drug Info Using the FDA's New App

When it comes to searching for medical information online, the internet can be a… mixed bag. This week, the Federal Drug Administration released an app to make searching for information about that new drug your doctor subscriber (or that other one you saw an ad for on TV) easier to find, and a ton more reliable.

These Should Be the Next Scandinavian Buzzwords These Should Be the Next Scandinavian Buzzwords

Once you’ve mastered hygge, the Danish concept of coziness, there are plenty more northern European ideas to explore. Swedish lagom can help you balance your life; Niksen is a Dutch relative of mindfulness. But these countries have some ideas that are even more life-changing, and perhaps they should get their turn as…

Trump Is Coming for Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA Trump Is Coming for Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA

President Trump released his 2019 budget vision today, and as you might expect it proposes some deep cuts to domestic programs while ratcheting up military spending and allocating $18 billion over the next two fiscal years for The Wall, while adding $984 billion to the federal deficit next year.

Get Last Minute Health Insurance With These Extensions to ACA Open Enrollment Get Last Minute Health Insurance With These Extensions to ACA Open Enrollment

The deadline to buy insurance from healthcare.gov has passed, but millions of Americans qualify for extensions to buy insurance now. Some states set their own deadlines for January, and there are special provisions for people affected by this year’s hurricanes.

What You Need to Know About the CDC’s 'Banned' Words What You Need to Know About the CDC’s 'Banned' Words

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that CDC officials told staff to keep seven terms out of budget documents: fetus, diversity, transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based, and evidence-based. These words are matter-of-fact to most scientists, but to politicians, they are political.

ACA Enrollment Ends Today in Most States ACA Enrollment Ends Today in Most States

Remember when we told you to enroll for health insurance by December 15? That’s today. If you live in CA, NY, MA, WA, MN, CO, RI, CT, MD, or DC, you get a few extra days or weeks, but for the other 41 states, last call is today.

How to Sign Up for Health Insurance If Your Credit Is Frozen How to Sign Up for Health Insurance If Your Credit Is Frozen

Consumers signing up for health insurance on the federal health exchange could have a more difficult time this year thanks to the Equifax data breach, according to a report from Kaiser Health News.

Prescription Drugs Are Sometimes Cheaper If You Don’t Use Your Insurance Prescription Drugs Are Sometimes Cheaper If You Don’t Use Your Insurance

Prescription drug prices are so opaque, volatile, and all-around messed up that sometimes you can get a better deal by just pretending you don’t even have insurance. A ProPublica report says this may be the case up to 10 percent of the time.

How to Spend Your Extra FSA Money How to Spend Your Extra FSA Money

Each December growing up, my dad would round up my sister and me and take us to the optometrist. He had FSA money to burn, and usually that meant an eye exam for me (my vision was fine until the last year or so of high school) and new glasses and contacts for my sister, whether she really needed them or not. Better to…

PSA: Sign Up for Health Insurance Now PSA: Sign Up for Health Insurance Now

The open enrollment period on healthcare.gov ends December 15, and the current administration is hoping you forget all about it. And yes, the Affordable Care Act is still fully in effect, so take advantage while it lasts. Here’s what you need to know if you’ve been stalling:

The Senate’s New Tax Bill Could Raise Your Health Insurance Premiums, Again The Senate’s New Tax Bill Could Raise Your Health Insurance Premiums, Again

The latest tax bill being proposed by GOP senators contains a teensy detail that would repeal part of the Affordable Care Act. That’s right, just after we thought Trumpcare was dead for good (we never really thought that, though, right?) here comes a smaller, sneaky version.

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