Health Insurance


Congenital Disability (Birth Defect) Prevention

Congenital Disability (Birth Defect) Prevention

Not all congenital disabilities (once referred to as birth defects) can be prevented. Still, risks can be reduced by making good choices before and during pregnancy, increasing the likelihood of having a healthy baby. Identifying Congenital Disabilities By using...
Five Ways to Get Healthy in the New Year

Five Ways to Get Healthy in the New Year

Have you ever seen a list of ways to get healthy in the New Year? Bet you have. There are lots of them. Most of them will tell you to start a new trendy and complicated diet, start working out every day, or otherwise completely change your life. This will be a...
Maximizing Your Annual Health Insurance Plan Deductible

Maximizing Your Annual Health Insurance Plan Deductible

Like all forms of insurance, health insurance is designed to protect you from the unexpected. Very few of us can afford the high costs of medical interventions resulting from chronic illnesses or severe accidental injury. But unlike other forms of insurance,...
But What is in the Build Back Better Bill?

But What is in the Build Back Better Bill?

The House has passed President Biden’s chief bill of legislation for his first term, the Build Back Better Bill, which features all sorts of improvements to citizens’ healthcare and childcare but also other more partisan agenda items, such as assistance...
Diabetes Awareness Through the Holidays

Diabetes Awareness Through the Holidays

For the past 46 years, the United States has recognized November as National Diabetes Month to bring awareness to the disease. But now, as we exit the Thanksgiving holiday and begin thinking about consuming all the rich foods of the remaining...
What Does Working from Home Mean for my Health Insurance?

What Does Working from Home Mean for my Health Insurance?

What Does Working from Home Mean for my Health Insurance? In October 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4.1 million people had quit their jobs in the United States during 2021. Many of those millions...
Tips to Relieve Seasonal Depression

Tips to Relieve Seasonal Depression

When days get shorter, and the weather gets colder in the fall and winter, you might notice a change in your mood, too. Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), refers to the depression that correlates with the change...
Veterans Day 2021

Veterans Day 2021

Veterans Day is fast approaching this coming November 11, and it offers us a day to honor and give thanks to America’s veterans of all wars. Observed on World War I’s Armistice Day, the date was initially made a federal holiday in 1938 to honor The Great War’s...
OSHA Lays Out Rules of Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

OSHA Lays Out Rules of Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

There has been much speculation regarding President Biden’s vaccine mandate in the few months since it was announced. Still, now the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued rules regarding the rollout, as detailed in a recent NPR article....
Is pain management covered by health insurance?

Is pain management covered by health insurance?

What are the risks of long term opioid treatment? Medicare Part A/Part B or Part C Advantage with Drugs coverage or Medicare Part D drugs coverage ensure that prescribed pain management care while part of a medical procedure is included in your plan. Among the drugs...
The Fight to Hold on to ACA Enhancements in Congress

The Fight to Hold on to ACA Enhancements in Congress

A recent CNN report detailed the current Congressional battle to hang onto temporary enhancements made to premium healthcare subsidies by the American Rescue Plan (ARPA). These additions to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed an additional nearly 3 million people to...
Dr. Fauci Says Halloween 2021 is a Go for Kids and Adults

Dr. Fauci Says Halloween 2021 is a Go for Kids and Adults

As the Food and Drug Administration is still considering Pfizer’s request to authorize their COVID-19 vaccine for use by children aged 5 to 11, one might assume that the nation might face yet another canceled year of Halloween trick or treating for the kids. But not...
Why Get a Flu Shot with a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Why Get a Flu Shot with a COVID-19 Vaccine?

As flu season begins, many people are planning to get a flu vaccine. But does it matter if you have been vaccinated against the coronavirus? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend annual influenza...
The 1, 2, 3 Open Enrollment Renewal Process

The 1, 2, 3 Open Enrollment Renewal Process

As we approach the Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment period from November 1, 2021, through January 15, 2022, for 2022 plan year coverage, you are hopefully thinking about renewing your policy and any potential changes to be made to...
Suicide prevention month

Suicide prevention month

Did you know that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. States? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it absolutely is, totaling almost 50,000 deaths in 2019. Suicide and mental health issues are on the rise during the...
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...
How quickly must I pay for my visit to the hospital?

How quickly must I pay for my visit to the hospital?

Very few of us are glad to find a hospital bill in our mailbox. If the amount is small or at least manageable, we won’t worry too much.  We should, of course, make sure that amounts are correct and then pay within the specified period, typically 30 or 60 days....
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...
Congress must Extend ARPA Benefits to keep Premiums affordable.

Congress must Extend ARPA Benefits to keep Premiums affordable.

Without Congressional action to extend the innovative tax credits implemented as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), 2023 consumer healthcare costs could skyrocket. The ARP Act signed in March 2021 A significant part of the ARPA benefits is the temporary...
Stomping out COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Stomping out COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Misinformed people throughout the country continue to latch on to misbeliefs, nonsense, and outlandish tales instead of protecting themselves and the rest of the Nation. COVID-19 vaccine myths seem to have real staying power, and this has severe consequences for...
Understanding Hospice Care

Understanding Hospice Care

Deciding for a loved one to go into hospice care can be an overwhelming and difficult decision. However, if you discuss your options with us beforehand, it may help put your mind at ease. Let’s talk about whether or not hospice is the best option for both of...
When Should I See an Allergist?

When Should I See an Allergist?

If you’re feeling tired all the time, your throat is constantly sore, or you have a stuffy nose and itchy eyes most of the time, then you probably might be experiencing symptoms of allergies. But when should people see an allergist? Read our article on: Do I...
ALS: What does Insurance Cover?

ALS: What does Insurance Cover?

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to paralysis or death. It’s important to know what your insurance covers before you decide how you...
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...
ACA Insurance Marketplace Reopens Feb 15th – August 15th 2021.

ACA Insurance Marketplace Reopens Feb 15th – August 15th 2021.

January 28th, 2021: President Biden reopens ACA insurance marketplace In a Thursday morning call, a Biden White House official touted today’s executive actions on health care, telling reporters, “In basic terms, what that means is that starting in just two...
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...
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 buy health insurance this open Enrollment?

How to buy health insurance this open Enrollment?

Open enrollment occurs at the end of each calendar year, and it’s the period when many Americans secure their health coverage for the next calendar year. Unless you have experienced a qualifying event, such as losing a job or a change in marital status, this may...
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...
What Is a Health Insurance Deductible?

What Is a Health Insurance Deductible?

Some of the most potentially confusing questions around health coverage involve health insurance deductibles: what they are, how they work, why they exist, and how patients can find the best possible plans from a deductible standpoint. And while these questions all...
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...
Can my ACA Health Insurance be cancelled?

Can my ACA Health Insurance be cancelled?

Can my ACA Health Insurance be cancelled? If you ask this question because your insurer has threatened to cancel your coverage, or you have reason to think that they might.  The short answer is YES. Many things can trigger the cancellation of your policy. ...
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...
The Special Enrollment Period (SEP) Change in Residence

The Special Enrollment Period (SEP) Change in Residence

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a restricted enrollment period from January 1st until November 1st each year. It is an arbitrary rule for health insurance enrollment, but there is a way to get health insurance outside of this brief period if...
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,...
Making Sense: An Affordable Care Act Refresher & Quick Guide

Making Sense: An Affordable Care Act Refresher & Quick Guide

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act came into effect in 2010. Prior to the introduction of the act, insurers had the right to refuse individuals health coverage for any reason, effectively preventing many people from accessing the benefits of health...
Is It Illegal to Not Have Health Insurance?

Is It Illegal to Not Have Health Insurance?

It’s often repeated that health insurance in the United States is mandatory and that people are required to have a health insurance policy that meets standards known as “minimum essential coverage.” So, is it illegal to not have health insurance? Let...
Why Is Health Insurance so Expensive?

Why Is Health Insurance so Expensive?

Health care concerns have been escalating at a rapid pace, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated fears among virtually every demographic. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, health care costs head the list of household expenses people worry about....
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...
Health Insurance: What Is a Co-Pay? (With Examples)

Health Insurance: What Is a Co-Pay? (With Examples)

Healthcare, health insurance and the medical billing industry are confusing and complex spaces. Sometimes, when talking to insurers and the billing department at your local doctor’s office, it can feel as if they’re speaking a different language. Here is...
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...