How much does Medicare cost? Well, it depends.

How much does Medicare cost? Well, it depends.

So I recently went on Medicare, and wanted to put down some thoughts in case they are of assistance to anyone else. I suggest that anyone who’s doing this consider their own specific circumstances very carefully; I am not a licensed insurance broker, and I am not making recommendations here — rather, I am telling […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing: Is my employer allowed to test me?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing: Is my employer allowed to test me?

If you’re one of the countless numbers of Americans getting called back to work this month, you may face some significant changes to your workplace. (We’d encourage you to share your experiences with us!) Across the country, some companies are installing mandatory coronavirus testing for employees. Is this a violation of privacy? Is it allowed? […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

So you’re worried about your health insurance given the coronavirus epidemic. You’re not alone. Whether you have or had job-sponsored insurance, or were on the state exchanges, or were uninsured before COVID-19 hit, it’s a topic of concern. Here are some situations, with answers. You lost your job and need insurance to replace employer-sponsored insurance. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

By TINA KELLEY and PHOEBE PINDER (Note: Coronavirus news is changing quickly. We’re updating as warranted.) Coronavirus (COVID 19) testing is making headlines nationwide. Amid a flood of reports of people being charged high prices for testing, or being unable to find testing, there’s a need for reliable information (for a database of test sites, […]

Hospital mergers across US have raised health care prices. Now, another is pending in Maine: Bangor Daily News

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Hospital mergers across US have raised health care prices. Now, another is pending in Maine: Bangor Daily News

“Size matters when it comes to health care. Just ask the leaders of Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, who have been forging ahead with a deal that they say is critical for the long-term survival of their 25-bed facility,” Charles Eichacker writes in the Bangor Daily News. “They are close to becoming the 10th hospital […]

Eli Lilly promised to lower Insulin prices, but its cheaper drug is hard to find: The Washington Post

Eli Lilly promised to lower Insulin prices, but its cheaper drug is hard to find: The Washington Post

“Each year brings a fresh episode of popular and political outrage over high drug prices,” Christopher Rowland writes for The Washington Post. “In 2019, it was insulin’s turn in the spotlight. The lifesaving drug for diabetics surged in list price more than 250 percent over a recent 10-year span — despite being a century-old invention. The […]

Indiana lawmakers to tackle health costs: The Journal Gazette

Indiana lawmakers to tackle health costs: The Journal Gazette

“High health care costs in Indiana have caught the eye of Republican legislative leaders, who plan to tackle the issue during the 2020 session,” Niki Kelly writes in The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind.  “Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray called the issue an economic development problem because employers are paying a large part […]

In Minnesota, rising health costs hitting home: Grand Forks Herald

In Minnesota, rising health costs hitting home: Grand Forks Herald

“What good is health care you can’t get?” Paul John Scott and Jeremy Fugleberg write in The Grand Forks Herald. “Ask Katie Larson. She’s 30, a resident of Lake George, Minn., and the office manager at Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate in Park Rapids. ‘I avoid using the doctor any time I can,’ […]

How much does an air ambulance cost?

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How much does an air ambulance cost?

The median charge for an air ambulance ride in a helicopter was more than $36,000 in 2017. (Image by Ed Uthman licensed under Creative Commons.) The headline from News 5, the Cleveland ABC affiliate, says it all: It can happen to anyone of us, an air ambulance ride costing $53,000 It happened to Julie and […]

Buying health insurance: A handbook

(Posted August 2019; updates planned) How do you buy health insurance? We are frequently asked to help people buy health insurance. Our specialty is the cost of health care, not buying insurance. We don’t do individual consultations on what insurance to buy. We’re not really qualified for that, and also people must be certified and […]