Health Insurance

The Crushing Effects Of Medical Debt How pervasive is America’s medical debt problem? According to 2017 data from the credit bureau Experian, unpaid medical debt in America topped $127 billion. New data from Consumer Reports shows that almost 30% of insured Americans had unpaid medical debt turned over to collection agencies in the past two
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If you’re a Medicare beneficiary, check your mail very carefully. You’ll be receiving a new Medicare card with an important new identification number that you’ll need soon. Your current Medicare ID card contains a Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), which is the same as your Social Security number. Your HICN serves as your identification for
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Millions of Americans choose to supplement their Original Medicare benefits with additional coverage that helps to cover the gaps. Medigap plans in America are standardized, and for decades, Medigap Plan F has been a top seller. This is largely because it covers all of the deductibles, coinsurance, and copays that would normally be your responsibility
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Every year, thousands of Medicare beneficiaries enroll in Medicare Advantage plans during the fall Annual Election Period. With low premiums and ancillary “extras” built in, these plans on paper appeal to many individuals. However, in all the election period excitement, people sometimes overlook aspects of Medicare Advantage coverage that are important. All too often, January
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The end of the year is full of activities. Family, school, and work obligations can keep you running constantly, without the time to consider other important things – such as whether you have used all of the health care and dental plan benefits covered by your insurance. Are insurance concerns not high on your holiday
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Successful retirement planning requires a good understanding of what you want to do in retirement and a reasonable estimate of your expected expenses. Once you have a grasp of your likely retirement costs, you know approximately how much money you will need to salt away. However, one retirement expense is notoriously difficult to predict –
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Did you quit smoking last year? Move into a gated community? Do you live within five miles of the nearest fire station? These factors – and many others – make you a safer bet for your homeowner’s insurer, which means you can get a significant discount on your insurance premium. Something as simple as installing
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What does it take to be financially prepared for potential healthcare costs in retirement? As the old saying goes, “Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t need it again.” Healthcare costs can add up for even the healthiest of retirees, so what can we
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June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day and less than a week later, on the Fourth of July, we celebrate Independence Day. This is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of fireworks safety and how potential damage or injury could be covered by your insurance policies. For many Americans, the Fourth of
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It’s bad enough when your day is derailed by an unexpected trip to the doctor, but it’s even worse when you can’t afford to pay the bill. Unfortunately, too many Americans find themselves in this position, according to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos for the healthcare transparency group Amino. The survey found that 37%
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Fall is here, which means that it is time for the annual running of the workplace benefits gantlet. In all the rush to pick healthcare plans and sort out this HMO from that HSA, do not let your FSA get lost in the alphabet soup of offerings. That is a Flexible Spending Account, and it
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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was enacted in 1974 primarily to set standards for private pension programs. Prior to ERISA, the management of some large pension funds had been indulging in questionable investments and loans. ERISA was enacted to make sure that pensioners get the benefits that they deserve from their fund contributions.
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It is a hectic and bittersweet time as your children head off to college. There are so many issues to consider that it is easy to forget one important aspect — insurance. Insurance policies and coverage will generally change once your children are no longer under your roof. However, with some planning, those changes may
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MoneyTips Among the most attractive features of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) are the tax credits that are available to low income families to make health insurance more affordable. If you purchased your health insurance through one of the Exchanges (either Federal or state-based), you qualified for a tax credit or other subsidies if
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Medicare has one important difference when compared to most other health plans – Medicare Parts A and B do not have a cap on out-of pocket costs. These costs can add up quickly, especially for chronic or long-term illnesses. Premiums and most deductible and co-insurance situations are straightforward, but some costs are not. These Medicare
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Medical insurance is experiencing tumultuous change with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”). As of January 1, 2014, every American is required to have minimum insurance in force. However, many of us are still uncertain about how to obtain suitable coverage. This article aims to cut through the confusion, to set you on
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Medicaid Basics Medicaid and CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) exist to ensure health coverage for low-income Americans. CHIP is designed to cover children of families who have incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage. Many people think of Medicaid as being for younger Americans and Medicare for
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You may think you have all the insurance you could possibly need to cover your healthcare expenses, but are you certain about that? Do your policies cover every catastrophic life event that could befall you? Check your current insurance policies — you will be surprised to discover what is not covered! If that’s the case,
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Supplemental insurance is an additional form of insurance that is designed to cover expenses that standard insurance available in your state may not include. This form of insurance often covers expenses for health care that other forms of insurance such as Medicare, Medicaid or a company healthcare policy may not cover. Standard health insurance policies
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