ACA Will Help Self-Employed and Would-be Entrepreneurs

As most regular readers of this blog know, I’m self-employed. Fortunately, I don’t need to worry about health insurance, since I am covered through my husband’s job. However, many are not so lucky, and must purchase a health plan on the open market. For a family of four, that can easily cost close to $20,000 […]

Medicare Essential plan worth considering

A proposed “Medicare Essential” plan, that bundles all parts of Medicare services – hospital, clinician, prescription drug, and commonly purchased supplemental coverage – could save the system $180 billion over the next 10 years while improving care for recipients. According to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public […]

Higher Premiums for Unhealthy Lifestyles – Fair?

Should people with bad health habits pay more for insurance? A new report by ehealth.com, the nation’s largest private online health insurance exchange, says that many already do. Their just-released Smoking Status and Body Mass Index Relative to Individual Health Insurance Premiums found that obese people are charged average of 22 percent more in health premiums, and […]

Obama 2.0 – What’s next for healthcare?

It’s always exhilarating watching a Presidential inauguration. The pomp and pageantry celebrates more than 200 years of orderly transition of government. Under the mantle of our 44th President, the next four years hold some exciting changes for health care. Here’s a brief look at what 2013 will bring. 2013 is primarily a transition year. By […]