What will this insurance cost, and what will it cover? Obamacare and you. Part 3 of our series.

Here’s Part 3 of our mini-series on the Affordable Care Act and how the health insurance landscape is changing; Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here. * * * * * What can you tell me about buying health insurance under the new law? Not too much, please.  Stick with us. This is not […]

Do I really have to buy health insurance? What Obamacare means for you. Part 2 of our series.

Here’s Part 2 of our mini-series on the Affordable Care Act and how the health insurance landscape is changing; Part 1 is here. * * * * * Who has to buy health insurance? Can’t I just ignore the Affordable Care Act? So, who’s going to see their health insurance situation change? The Affordable Care […]

What it means to you: Oct. 1 and buying health insurance, an overview

You may have been hoping you could ignore the topic of health insurance, but Oct. 1 is almost here, and with it the new health insurance landscape brought by the Affordable Care Act. And we’re going to help you navigate through it. Here is an outline of what we’ll write about, basically a handbook on […]

New models of payment: Cutting out the insurer, or can I have a lower price for that?

This is the third part in our series of new models of payment in the health-care marketplace, touching employers and individuals. The first part is here, and the second part is here. * * * * * We’ve been writing about new models of payment for health care by employers. So individuals might ask: How does […]

O.K., health costs may not be going up so fast, but they’re still going up

  Costs continue to rise, even if the rise has moderated somewhat. Health insurance premium increases of 20 percent for next year are not unheard-of, and somehow everyone wants to blame the Affordable Care Act — except for Uwe Reinhardt, the health  economist, who reported this week on a new Kaiser Family Foundation study. Shockingly, […]

A comparison of monthly insurance premiums: Highest are MA, NY, NJ… and AK

How much does health insurance cost? Well, that depends. We picked up this chart online from healthinsurancesort. com, which got the info from ehealthinsurance.com. You might notice that both of the sources are selling insurance, and so … with anything else, you might want to consider the source. However, it’s too interesting to ignore: highest […]

When is a mammogram not a mammogram? Different tests, different names

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

SUMMARY: What are the different kinds of mammogram? The most common imaging test for breast cancer detection is the mammogram, but it’s not the only one. A mammogram is an X-ray photo of the breasts. Just as you can see the shadow of your hand on a sunny day, breast tissue creates a shadow on the […]

Free birth control. Really? Well, sort of. And sort of not.

Free birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Really? For everyone? Well, maybe not. You might  have to wait until 2014. The Affordable Care Act’s stipulation that preventive services should be free went into effect in August 2012, and many  women were ready to pick up their free birth control. Indeed, the ACA’s preventive […]