ADHD and medications: A guide to navigating pharmacies, getting your meds on time, and insurance

ADHD and medications: A guide to navigating pharmacies, getting your meds on time, and insurance

(Editor’s note: This piece was posted on Reddit’s ADHD subreddit, described as “A place where people with ADHD and their loved ones can interact with each other exchanging stories, struggles, and non-medication strategies.” I noticed it there and asked the author if we could post over here, and he gave us the OK to use […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

The Covid pandemic may appear to be on the decline in the United States, but some experts are saying we have yet to witness another, still unfolding wave of illness and death — the mental health crisis that has been called the fourth wave of the pandemic. ClearHealthCosts spoke to patients and experts around the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: A year later, and millions of cases later, patients struggle for disability

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: A year later, and millions of cases later, patients struggle for disability

J., a long Covid patient from the Midwest, is still suffering extreme symptoms more than a year later — tachycardia, extreme fatigue and other symptoms. Walking the dog around the block, she said, raised her heart rate to 212 beats per minute. Like many other Americans with office jobs, she has been working remotely. Yet […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: A year later, the lack of testing is having significant effects

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: A year later, the lack of testing is having significant effects

Chimére L. Smith, a Baltimore schoolteacher, is an expert on the Covid testing vacuum. Smith, 38, got Covid last March, but never had a positive test. Emergency rooms and doctors dismissed her without effective treatment multiple times. She’s still ill, experiencing occipital neuralgia, fibromyalgia, mild cognitive impairment, brain fog, severe joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, memory […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

(Updated, April 24) A Long Island hospital is coming under fire for sending Covid testing bills as high as $1,931 to multiple members of the community. Scott Nadboy received bills of $1,720 each for his family of four, both times the family got tested for a ski trip to Maine, at St. Francis Hospital & […]

How Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and UnitedHealth performed in the fourth quarter

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How Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and UnitedHealth performed in the fourth quarter

“Many of the nation’s largest commercial insurers saw their profits fall in the fourth quarter of 2020 as expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic increased,” Becker’s Hospital Review wrote. “Here is how Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and UnitedHealth Group fared: “1. Fourth-quarter revenues for Aetna parent CVS Health totaled $619.6 billion, up from $66.9 billion […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

“Thousands of people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past year, and generally, most patients haven’t had to pay out of pocket for these costs,” Caroline Tien writes over at verywellhealth.com. “Government programs and insurance companies have largely borne the brunt of the cost. But that might be changing. Researchers at the University of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

People with underlying conditions are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in New York state tomorrow, Feb. 15. Today, Feb. 14, is the day that the online portals opened to such people for scheduling. And it was insane. Sites crashed. Tempers frayed. The people who had been having trouble booking before are still having trouble booking. […]

How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

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How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

The man on the phone said his insurance company quintupled his premiums for next year, from $333 to $1,700, and he was really upset. He was even more upset that the only thing that had changed in his health care situation was that he had started taking Truvada, the anti-HIV drug. Truvada, also known as […]

How much does olmesartan-HCTZ (Benicar) cost, $771.99 or $6?

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How much does olmesartan-HCTZ (Benicar) cost, $771.99 or $6?

A friend writes: So, I have three prescription drugs: two to lower my blood pressure, the other a potassium supplement needed because the two blood pressure medications leach potassium from my body — is this a great country, or what?! My pharmacy is my nearest grocery store. I changed my prescription drug plan effective 2021. […]