Healthcare


Recent Poll Finds Eldercare a Fast Growing Workplace Concern

Recent Poll Finds Eldercare a Fast Growing Workplace Concern

A recent article on Benefits Pro details a Homethrive2021 Employee Caregiving Survey that found that two-thirds of respondents stated that expanding access to home-based care for the elderly is important. In fact, this ranks higher in importance to middle-class...
Is it illegal not to have health insurance?

Is it illegal not to have health insurance?

Are there penalties for not having health insurance? To insure or not insure? The first of these questions is very easy to answer.  No federal mandate forces you to have health insurance-so the choice is yours.  If you are looking for the answer to this...
Employers mull health insurance surcharges for unvaccinated

Employers mull health insurance surcharges for unvaccinated

Some employers may tack on health coverage surcharges for employees who don’t plan to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an Aug. 5 blog post from Mercer, an asset management firm. The blog post likened the health insurance surcharge...
Can my health insurance plan be canceled at any time?

Can my health insurance plan be canceled at any time?

The emphatic answer is NO!   UNLESS? UNLESS WHAT? In this article, we set out the grounds on which either you or your insurer can cancel your health insurance plan and the consequences. The good news is that you can change your current plan to meet a change of...
Are my health insurance premiums tax-deductible?

Are my health insurance premiums tax-deductible?

A simple question? -YES A simple answer NO? We explain who is eligible and how much you can claim. First, let’s briefly consider the purpose of health insurance and secondly the reason why since 2010, the federal government, through the Affordable Care Act...
Which is better, an HMO or a PPO Health Insurance Policy

Which is better, an HMO or a PPO Health Insurance Policy

A Health Maintenance or a Preferred Provider Organization? WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU? We begin with a brief explanation of the differences between these two types of health insurance plans, HMO and PPO, and then discuss some reasons for choosing one or the other. Each has...
I can’t pay my medical bill – What should I do?

I can’t pay my medical bill – What should I do?

If you are reading this article, you are probably worried about a medical or hospital bill that you will find challenging, or even impossible, to pay.  It is no great comfort to know that you are not alone. Every year thousands of Americans find themselves in the...
Getting Infertility Coverage through the ACA Extension

Getting Infertility Coverage through the ACA Extension

As of mid-July, more than 2 million Americans have signed up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s special enrollment period that the Biden administration put into place because of COVID-19. Illinois operates a partnership exchange with...
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

The Why, Who, and When of that first visit. Will it be covered by the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA)? Just about everyone can list a few reasons WHY good dental care is essential.  As a parent, you are aware from your own experience, good or bad, how vital oral health...
Does my health insurance cover overseas travel?

Does my health insurance cover overseas travel?

When planning a trip abroad, a cruise, a job assignment, or even a permanent relocation, you need the security of knowing that your health insurance plan covers (and your dependents) should you get sick or injured. Many policies, including ACA-compliant plans, do not...
How Will My Lyme Disease Diagnosis Affect My Health Insurance?

How Will My Lyme Disease Diagnosis Affect My Health Insurance?

Have you ever checked for ticks after going for a hike or walking through tall grass? If so, you’re probably familiar with the risks of Lyme disease – the most common vector-borne illness in the United States. Every year, over 30,000 people in America will...
What Are the Costs of Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s?

What Are the Costs of Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s?

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you probably want to provide them with the best care possible. You might be wondering what types of care will be covered by Medicare and other health insurance plans, from in-home care to assisted living facilities to...
How Does My Health Insurance Change If I Adopt a Child?

How Does My Health Insurance Change If I Adopt a Child?

First of all, congratulations! Adopting a child is a very exciting time in many parents’ lives. The decision to add a new child to the family also comes with a variety of considerations, including health insurance coverage. Rest assured that federal law requires your...
Top 5 Reasons Why Disability Claims Are Denied

Top 5 Reasons Why Disability Claims Are Denied

Because filing for Social Security disability can be complicated, it’s not unusual for a claim to be denied at first; however, many of those who are denied initially go on to be successfully approved for benefits. To increase your odds of approval, it’s...
Special Enrollment Period & Coronavirus: What It Means for You

Special Enrollment Period & Coronavirus: What It Means for You

If you lose your employer-sponsored coverage because of a change in job during the COVID-19 pandemic — or if you can’t cover premiums for marketplace coverage because of an income loss — you might have some options. Find out more about how special enrollment...
Why Are Not All Drugs Covered Under Health Insurance?

Why Are Not All Drugs Covered Under Health Insurance?

Coverage for prescription drugs can be a complicated part of your health insurance plan. It’s common for a plan to cover at least some drugs, but few plans will cover all available medications. Much of the time, what you pay within your plan will depend on the...
How to Get Antidepressants without Insurance

How to Get Antidepressants without Insurance

Depression and anxiety are debilitating mental health conditions that affect every aspect of life. Symptoms can range from irritability and lack of motivation to severe depressive episodes that leave you feeling helpless. For about 10% of Americans over the age of 12,...
ACA Open enrollment guide-How long it takes to enroll?

ACA Open enrollment guide-How long it takes to enroll?

Open enrollment only lasts about two months each year, give or take — it can be longer or shorter, depending on which state you live in. But even six weeks is more than enough time to compare plans, as well as apply and sign up for health insurance. Preparing ahead of...
Health Care for African Americans

Health Care for African Americans

Almost 44 million American citizens are Black or African American, making up 13.4% of the U.S. population. This demographic experiences a long-standing and disproportionate burden regarding health and access to medical care in this country. And while the Affordable...
Make the Most of Open Enrollment in 2021

Make the Most of Open Enrollment in 2021

Open Enrollment for the 2021 insurance period is set to begin on November 1st, and while many people view as a chore, it’s worth taking the time to understand the process and weigh your options. Spending even just a few minutes doing some research can save you...
Does Life Insurance Cover Suicide?

Does Life Insurance Cover Suicide?

Suicide is a serious public health issue in the United States, being listed as the tenth leading cause of death in the country in 2018, according to the CDC. It’s more common than homicide, and over the 20 years leading up to 2018, the rate of suicides in the...
Think Obamacare Health Plans Cost a Lot? That’s Not Always True

Think Obamacare Health Plans Cost a Lot? That’s Not Always True

If you’ve lost your job during the pandemic, and with it your health insurance, you may think that Obamacare plans are too expensive and therefore not worth seeking. Or maybe you’re worried about whether the coverage will withstand legal challenges. Think again,...
Can You Cancel Health Insurance at Any Time?

Can You Cancel Health Insurance at Any Time?

Health insurance is one of the most important ways in which you can protect yourself, both from health risks and financial ones. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your medical bills will be covered should you fall ill. While the individual mandate part of the...
Does Health Insurance Cover Therapy?

Does Health Insurance Cover Therapy?

Every year, millions of Americans seek professional help for mental health issues, yet there are many others who do not do so because of fear that they won’t be able to afford the bills. The costs associated with mental health (and indeed medical billing in...
MAKING SENSE: Finding the best deals on health insurance

MAKING SENSE: Finding the best deals on health insurance

So. Many. Choices.  I’m Overwhelmed! Which is the BEST Affordable Health insurance plan? Should I use an Insurance Agent? Everyone searches for the BEST health insurance plans for themselves, their family, or business. But with hundreds of insurance...
What’s the Difference Between Term and Whole Life Insurance?

What’s the Difference Between Term and Whole Life Insurance?

The two main types of life insurance are term life and whole life, and the price difference between these policies can be hundreds of dollars per year. Understanding who these policies are most suitable for as well as the benefits can help you make the best decisions...
5 Ways to Get Healthcare If You Lost Your Job Because of COVID-19

5 Ways to Get Healthcare If You Lost Your Job Because of COVID-19

Whether you lose your job because of the recent pandemic or because your employer is simply shaking things up with a merger (or downsize), the financial blow to you and your family can be huge. It’s not just the loss of income and need to find another job; you...
Smoking and health insurance. All you need to know

Smoking and health insurance. All you need to know

Smoker or not, anyone applying for ACA-compliant health insurance (Obamacare) has to answer the question: Do you use tobacco? Does Smoking affect Health Insurance premium? For those who smoke cigarettes, cigars, a pipe, or chew tobacco, the answer is simple. For those...
COVID-19 Health Insurance Options

COVID-19 Health Insurance Options

How can I lessen the chances of being infected by COVID-19? What is the latest advice on COVID-19 protection? What are COVID-19 Health Insurance options? Three questions as we approach Open Enrollment (November 1st) for 2021 ACA (Obamacare) health insurance coverage...
Short term health insurance options

Short term health insurance options

Short term health insurance. Do I have a choice? What are my options? If you are reading this article, you are probably without health insurance coverage.  Possibly this is by choice, perhaps through oversight, but most likely because you have lost your...
GOOD NEWS for Seniors w/Diabetes! Trump Caps Insulin Prices

GOOD NEWS for Seniors w/Diabetes! Trump Caps Insulin Prices

Updated 3rd-August-2020 Under recently announced plans, Seniors enrolled in Medicare can choose policies that limit co-pays for insulin.  President Trump endorses a deal designed to benefit a significant group of US citizens. Who is eligible for this...
Coronavirus Impacts on Pregnancy: COVID-19 Precautions

Coronavirus Impacts on Pregnancy: COVID-19 Precautions

Last update on 26th-July-2020 COVID-19 is a NEW ‘flu-type’ respiratory disease. We emphasize the word ‘new’ because biologists and epidemiologists worldwide are still investigating the virus and how it spreads. Despite the enormous strides made in research techniques...
COVID-19: Wear a Mask? Why Does the Guidance Change?

COVID-19: Wear a Mask? Why Does the Guidance Change?

Do I have to wear a mask? “Do I have to wear a mask?” … This is the easiest question to answer. It is your choice, but in some States and some circumstances, you will be breaking the law if you do not. The important issue is to rapidly reduce the...
Health Insurance Open Enrollment 2020

Health Insurance Open Enrollment 2020

Finding affordable health insurance for you and your family can be difficult. Especially when you try navigating the health insurance marketplace by yourself. Truecoverage wants you to learn everything that you need to know about the health insurance open enrollment...
How to manage credit card payments during Coronavirus pandemic?

How to manage credit card payments during Coronavirus pandemic?

You are probably reading this article because you have, like most of us, been caught up in the Coronavirus pandemic. Even the word itself contains the word ‘PANIC’. Our first advice is DON’T.  Most of us will have two major concerns.  Number one will be for...
Trouble Paying Bills? Pandemic Money Management

Trouble Paying Bills? Pandemic Money Management

There can be very few American families who are not financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and finding difficult to manage money during Coronavirus pandemic.  The key to finding financial protection from Coronavirus is to recognize them and face them. The...
COVID-19- Balancing the harms! When will we be prepared?

COVID-19- Balancing the harms! When will we be prepared?

Right now (early May 2020) state governors up, down and across the USA are making decisions about ending or at least relaxing the regulations introduced to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Balancing the harms The USA is not alone in facing the invasion of the COVID-19...
Social Isolation Impacts: Unintended Consequences

Social Isolation Impacts: Unintended Consequences

Much has been written and said about the impact of social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic is having and will continue to have on the world and national economies.  All of us are experiencing changes to our way of life, some of which will become the ‘new...
Getting America Back to Work Safely. The COVID-19 Unknowns

Getting America Back to Work Safely. The COVID-19 Unknowns

When Donald Rumsfeld, then Secretary for Defense, introduced the idea of “known unknowns” when appearing before a Senate committee in 2002, he was referring to weapons of mass destruction.  WMD proved to be largely fictitious.  In 2020 COVID-19 has been...
COVID-19 Info 3: Economic Impact payments. Am I entitled?

COVID-19 Info 3: Economic Impact payments. Am I entitled?

What is Economic impact payment? Payments being made by the US Government to most US residents to reflect the financial impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having both on families and the economy as a whole is called economic impact payment. The payment is worth...
COVID-19 treatment-Humana and Cigna agree to waive costs

COVID-19 treatment-Humana and Cigna agree to waive costs

Early last month President Trump announced that tests for COVID-19 infection would be included in the ten Essential Health Benefits (EHB) specified in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NOW, two major health insurers HUMANA and CIGNA have come forward with an ADDITIONAL...
COVID-19 Self-Isolation: How to Keep Family & Friends Safe

COVID-19 Self-Isolation: How to Keep Family & Friends Safe

The suggestions in the article are guidance for all members of a household where one or more members are self-isolating in order to minimize the possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus to the wider community. Individuals should self-isolate if they have symptoms...
Health Insurance after Termination: Use COBRA Insurance?

Health Insurance after Termination: Use COBRA Insurance?

What is COBRA health insurance? First, what does it stand for? COBRA stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, now that’s out of the way, So What does COBRA do? COBRA is the federal legislation which ensures that employers who offer group health...
Special Enrollment Period-SEP: Qualify? Household Changes

Special Enrollment Period-SEP: Qualify? Household Changes

Health insurance plans which are compliant with the Affordable Care Act are intended to run from January 1st until December 31st without change. This rule is designed to make it impossible to change a plan in mid-year to cover additional risks or to avoid paying...
Special Enrollment Period-SEP: Qualify? Health Insurance

Special Enrollment Period-SEP: Qualify? Health Insurance

Health insurance plans which are compliant with the Affordable Care Act are intended to run from January 1st until December 31st without change. This rule is designed to make it impossible to change a plan in mid-year to cover additional risks or to avoid paying...
Joe Biden, building on Medicare. The public option

Joe Biden, building on Medicare. The public option

For most of us healthcare, both for ourselves and our loved ones whether juniors or seniors, is one of our highest priorities.  Our politicians, whether Republican or Democrat, recognize this and put healthcare, (as represented by the Affordable Care Act, or...
Free Coronavirus tests-President Trump and Top insurers agree

Free Coronavirus tests-President Trump and Top insurers agree

In a welcome announcement on March 10th 2020 Vice President Pence made public the offer by major Health Insurance Companies to ‘waive all copays on coronavirus testing in all their benefit plans’. Last week Medicare and Medicaid, on instructions from President Trump,...
COVID-19 Info 2: Save Others by Taking Care of Yourself

COVID-19 Info 2: Save Others by Taking Care of Yourself

COVID-19-Prevention and Treatment We all know that prevention is better than cure so we will deal with PREVENTION first. Prevention of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) nor a specific anti-viral...
COVID-19 Info 1: Taking Care of Yourself Helps Everyone

COVID-19 Info 1: Taking Care of Yourself Helps Everyone

The contents of this item are drawn from the latest   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publications concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is described as a flu-like disease, for which there is currently no approved...
Does President Trump really want to repeal the ACA (Obamacare)

Does President Trump really want to repeal the ACA (Obamacare)

When he introduced the 2020 federal budget President Trump re-emphasized his intention to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known more popularly to most of us as ‘Obamacare’. Perhaps that is the issue! Trump and Obamacare! The Affordable Care Act is irrevocably...
Medicare for all who want it: Pete Buttigieg’s healthcare plan

Medicare for all who want it: Pete Buttigieg’s healthcare plan

Healthcare policy was the central issue during the 2018 mid-term elections which led to the democrats winning a majority in the House of Representatives.  Among the leaders in the race for nomination for the democratic candidacy the common theme is, ‘affordable...
Mike Bloomberg’s Affordable healthcare plan

Mike Bloomberg’s Affordable healthcare plan

Just recently the TrueCoverage team wrote an article ‘MEDICARE FOR ALL EXPLAINED’ and concluded that while the Democratic party had a distinctly different approach to funding national healthcare from the Republicans, they had yet to find ‘a policy which values...
African American history month – Black history month

African American history month – Black history month

The annual observance of Black History Month in February has its origins dating back to 1926 when the historian Carter G Woodson, author of ‘The Journal of Negro History’, announced the second week in February to be “Negro History Week”. The flame flickered until, in...
Low-cost health insurance in Texas

Low-cost health insurance in Texas

Are you looking for affordable health insurance in Texas If you live in Texas and need individual health insurance for the first time, or if you are thinking of changing to a new plan or getting low-cost health insurance, do nothing until you have read this article....
Discovery Paves the Way for Dementia & Migraine Treatments

Discovery Paves the Way for Dementia & Migraine Treatments

Scientists from New Zealand have just made the “remarkable discovery” of the brain having its own blood pressure sensors—and they say it could pave the way towards new treatments for dementia, high blood pressure, migraines, and a dozen other conditions. For decades,...
ACA Open Enrollment 2020 – take 15 minutes out to get covered

ACA Open Enrollment 2020 – take 15 minutes out to get covered

Enroll in an ACA compliant health insurance plan! WHY? To ensure that you and your loved ones have coverage in 2020 that takes advantage of state and government reliefs and subsidies to which they are entitled. All compliant coverage will protect you and your...
2020 ACA Open Enrollment: Health Plans w/ *STAR* Quality

2020 ACA Open Enrollment: Health Plans w/ *STAR* Quality

You don’t have much time left to enroll (open enrollment ends December 15th) but for 2020 CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has moved to make your choices better informed. All Insurers (Carriers) are now required to display a ‘STAR RATING’ for any of...
ACA Open Enrollment 2020: Ends December 15th DON’T MISS OUT

ACA Open Enrollment 2020: Ends December 15th DON’T MISS OUT

Someone has to be last but don’t let it be you! Give yourself time to discuss your health insurance with experts. Learn how ACA (Obamacare) makes coverage for you and your dependents affordable.  In some cases, monthly premiums are entirely covered by tax...
ACA Enrollment: Premium Tax Relief & Cost-Sharing Subsidies

ACA Enrollment: Premium Tax Relief & Cost-Sharing Subsidies

Am I eligible?How much relief will I get?How do I claim the benefit?Who should I talk to? Let’s take these important questions in order Am I eligible for PREMIUM TAX RELIEF AND COST SHARING REDUCTIONS? Almost certainly! Well over 80% of people who enrolled through the...
ACA Open Enrollment 2020 – 5 tips to save money

ACA Open Enrollment 2020 – 5 tips to save money

Stop right now! There is no such thing! We will have to wait until next year to know what you might have done differently. What we CAN do right NOW is to work together to find the best value health insurance coverage in 2020, for you and your dependents, whether young...
ACA Open Enrollment 2020: 5 things not to do

ACA Open Enrollment 2020: 5 things not to do

Don’t enroll or renew without reading this article! (it could save you $thousands) You may be enrolling for the first time or renewing either as an individual or as a member of a group (employer) scheme.  The same rules apply. Focus on the future! Even if you...
THINK PINK. WEAR PINK. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

THINK PINK. WEAR PINK. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The average lifetime risk of women developing breast cancer is ONE in EIGHT (12% of women). About 300,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year in the USA of which about 85% are successfully treated. Sadly, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer...
ACA Open Enrollment Guide How to choose THE BEST HEALTH PLAN?

ACA Open Enrollment Guide How to choose THE BEST HEALTH PLAN?

ACA Open Enrollment 2020 is between 1st Nov to 15th Dec. Contact your health exchange today to get enrol under affordable care act and get affordable health insurance Don’t kick the tires! ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS! The purpose of this article is to help both the...
Preventative Care Services: ACA Benefit Saves You Money

Preventative Care Services: ACA Benefit Saves You Money

Make sure that you and your dependents have theprotection they need. ACA Open Enrollment 2020 is from 1st Nov-15th Dec 2019 One of the underlying concepts of the Affordable Care Act is the certainty that prevention is better than cure. Early detection of a condition...
Special Enrollment Period: It’s not ACA Open Enrollment

Special Enrollment Period: It’s not ACA Open Enrollment

ACA ‘open enrollment’ runs from 1st November to December 15th for Health Insurance coverage for the year commencing January 1st 2020. You can only buy ACA-compliant insurance plans during this window. Read more about ACA open enrollment 2020 BUT there are some events...
Choosing Affordable Health Insurance that’s Right for You

Choosing Affordable Health Insurance that’s Right for You

For most individuals the first point of contact should be a health insurance exchange, Federal, State or Private.  Any of them will help you to navigate the choices in arriving at the best health plan for you from the top health insurance companies. ...