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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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. […]

Losing insurance after divorce? Maybe you don’t have to

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

People lose insurance coverage for all sorts of reasons: a job loss, the simple act of turning 27 years old, or a spouse’s job loss. One of the knottiest problems is divorce, which can bring a seemingly unending, and unexpected, list of traumas — among them the loss of health insurance for a dependent spouse. […]

Shopping for insurance, Part 3: A range of choices

Shopping for insurance, Part 3: A range of choices

Welcome to Part 3 of our handbook for people who are shopping for insurance. We’re planning several articles in this series, much as we have started publishing our “Ways to Save” series, and we’ll then  archive them on the site. Here’s Part I of the series, and Part 2. (We started out calling it “If you’re […]

Comparison shopping, rationing, hospital bills and more

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Comparison shopping, rationing, hospital bills and more

There’s an app for that: “Picture it: Your doctor tells you that you need an MRI. Okeydoke, you say, pulling out your smartphone and typing in your zipcode. Up pop the 20 closest high-quality imaging centers, and you choose the most convenient. That’s my visualization based on a casual mention that Blue Cross Blue Shield chief Andrew Dreyfus made last week of a new app now in development. ‘We’re pretty close to delivering this,’ he told a health reform forum at Suffolk.” Carey Goldberg, CommonHealth blogger at WBUR. More.