How having health insurance spiked her hospital bill by $400: Philly.com

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How having health insurance spiked her hospital bill by $400: Philly.com

“It was 2 in the morning when Annette Alexander rushed her daughter Cherie to Abington-Lansdale Hospital with throbbing head pain,” Sarah Gantz writes over at partner philly.com. “The 24-year-old’s two-hour visit for what turned out to be a migraine headache led to a bill of $1,642. But in her haste, Alexander had left the family’s […]

CORRECTION: Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

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CORRECTION:  Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

[Editor’s note: We originally titled this “Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care.” After we posted, we were told that the law noted here applies only to New Jersey residents, so the headline and other parts of the post were wrong. We’ve edited the post to reflect the language in the […]

U.S. number of uninsured up by 2 million: The A.P.

U.S. number of uninsured up by 2 million: The A.P.

“The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode,” Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar writes for The Associated Press. “The new numbers highlight what’s at stake as Congress returns to an unresolved debate over Republican proposals to […]

Millions have pre-existing conditions that would make them uninsurable: Kaiser Foundation

Millions have pre-existing conditions that would make them uninsurable: Kaiser Foundation

Summary: “A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that 52 million adults under 65 – or 27 percent of that population — have pre-existing health conditions that would likely make them uninsurable if they applied for health coverage under medical underwriting practices that existed in most states before insurance regulation changes made by the Affordable […]

Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

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Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

“I must admit that I chose to be uninsured,” C. wrote to me. “My work does not provide health insurance and I looked into nystateofhealth.ny.gov during the fall of 2014, excited to have real health care options. I am 33 years old, and could comfortably afford an insurance that was $160 per month. I punched in […]

Hospital financial aid: She was uninsured, with appendicitis

Hospital financial aid: She was uninsured, with appendicitis

She  had spent a week in pain on the floor, curled up in a ball and crying, willing herself to believe her stomach hurt because she had the flu and unwilling to go to the hospital, partly because she was uninsured. Then her mom took her to the hospital, and that was the beginning of […]

Uninsured ranks drop to 16% from 20%: New Commonwealth survey

Uninsured ranks drop to 16% from 20%: New Commonwealth survey

Summary: “New results from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized insurance options and consumer protections reduced the number of uninsured working-age adults from an estimated 37 million people, or 20 percent of the population, in 2010 to 29 million, or 16 percent, by the second half […]

In India, the uninsured pay up to 60% more – Times Of India

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In India, the uninsured  pay up to 60% more – Times Of India

“NEW DELHI: In a dramatic reversal of the trend that existed just three years ago, big corporate hospitals today charge health insurance card holders much less than those paying in cash for the same procedures. Those paying out of their pockets are now billed anywhere between 25% and 60% more than those with cashless health […]

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

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 […]