Category Archives: How It Works

The ins and outs of a specific coverage; who it’s for, what it does

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Food for the Flood (and other emergencies)

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We are more than halfway through the hurricane season, still in the midst of the wildfire season, headed back into the flood and tornado seasons — see a pattern here?  Emergencies and natural and man-made disasters really have no time … Continue reading

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More Secrets of the ACA

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As promised, here are some more lesser known effects of the comprehensive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, but most often, simply ACA): Workplace breastfeeding support! Joan Younger Meek is a physician and the head of the United States … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: Other Parts of the ACA

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the massive — 2,700 pages! — healthcare reform law, must sometimes feel like a bit like Cinderella: an unwanted, misunderstood stepchild, blamed for everything bad, credited with nothing good.  Then again, others treat the legislation … Continue reading

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Crash Management

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Did you know that nearly half of all medical evacuations back to the States are the result of car crashes?  That every year, 1.3 million people are killed, and between 20 to 50  million are injured, in motor vehicle accidents? … Continue reading

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He Said What? Really?

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There is so much mud-slinging going on out there as the election campaigning winds down that it’s all but impossible to figure out who really said what.  Trying to sort out what things actually mean is even harder.  There are … Continue reading

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Taking Control Before You Enroll

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A reminder: On or about 23 September 2012, most health insurance plans and insurers will be required to supply you with a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC).  This SBC is designed to make your life easier by offering a … Continue reading

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Another One Bites the Dust!

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There is out there a persistent urban legend – is there any other kind? – that goes something like this: if a patient leaves the hospital early or prematurely, against medical advice (AMA), they will have to pay their hospital … Continue reading