The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is holding 10 regional listening sessions throughout the country about what benefits health plans should be required to cover as part of an “essential benefits package” under the health care law. The first listening session was in Chicago last Friday, and the last session will be held in San Francisco on Monday, November 21. The listening sessions are open to the public, but you must RSVP.
By LINDA GUZMAN
An earlier version of this column appeared in The (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun 07.17.11 - 08:23 pm.
This summer, I traveled to Washington, D.C., with my 17-year-old son, Javi. I've been there many times before, but this was his first visit.
This week is shaping up to be an important one in the legal battle over the Affordable Care Act. Tuesday's decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is a big win for supporters of the law. It's the third appellate court to reject challenges to the law. In June, the Sixth Circuit upheld the law.
While CHIP may sound like a snack you would feed your kids after school, it’s actually something completely different. And frankly, it’s much better.
CHIP, also known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, is a federally funded program that provides health coverage to low-income children whose parents make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance in the private market. Many families have found themselves in this situation as the cost of health care premiums keep increasing and unemployment rates continue to soar during this recession.
If you struggle to understand what your health insurance policy covers and how much you will have to pay for medical care under your plan, you are not alone. Most Americans who have coverage in the private insurance market do not understand their current coverage or other plans that may be available to them. This is largely because many insurers do not provide clear, easy-to-understand information about the health plans they sell.
Ever wondered what effect foreclosure has on your physical and mental health? Well as it turns, home and health are more closely related than you may have thought.
Many American families are struggling during this economic downturn. But even before the recession hit, families were having a hard time keeping up with increasing health care costs. Over the past two decades, premiums and the cost of care have skyrocketed, with Americans bearing the brunt of these increases through higher deductibles and copayments. And that's with the number of covered services decreasing. We need relief, and the Affordable Care Act, once fully implemented, will finally provide tangible and measurable help to those who need it most.
When people hear the words “health care” they often think of doctors, hospitals, and prescription drugs. But what many people don’t realize is that the health of your teeth and mouth are just as important as other aspects of your health.
In a time when sky-high insurance premiums are the norm, Blue Shield customers have received some good news. The California-based nonprofit health insurer announced last Thursday that it will return $295 million to its customers, upholding the pledge the company made earlier this year to cap its earnings at 2 percent of its revenue. The profit cap was announced in June, and at that time, Blue Shield distributed $180 million to customers through refunds.
This past August, my husband, Don, brought home bad news—the company he worked for was closing. We would have to rethink our plans for health care coverage.
We had a similar conversation last year when Don was considering retiring early because the social security checks would actually be more than his income at the call center. By that time, I had been on Medicare for a few years, but I was still relying on Don’s company to cover my prescription costs. So I rushed to sign up for a Medicare plan during the open enrollment period last year.