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A Brief Look at the Vaccine Debate

Posted Aug 27, 2015
By Jenifer Dorsey

A Brief Look at the Vaccine Debate

With back-to-school season upon us, vaccines are on many families’ minds. It is a common time for kids to get their immunization shots. Vaccines are intended to protect children from serious diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, polio, and meningitis, among many others.

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3 Options If You Lose Health Insurance Coverage Due to Affordability

Posted Aug 26, 2015
By Jenifer Dorsey

3 Options If You Lose Health Insurance Coverage Due to Affordability

What happens if you stop paying your health insurance premiums? You could lose your coverage.  

When you experience the consequences of being late or falling behind a couple of months of health insurance premium payments depends on whether or not you receive an advanced premium tax credit.

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How Will Healthcare Mergers Affect Insurance Premiums?

Posted Aug 17, 2015
By Jenifer Dorsey

How Will Healthcare Mergers Affect Insurance Premiums?

As the health insurance landscape transforms under Obamacare, so, too, have those who populate it. The latest shakeup? Two major health insurance mergers were announced in July. Aetna purchased Humana for $37 billion, and Anthem purchased Cigna, creating the nation’s largest insurer in terms of membership.1 These multi-billion insurance mergers trimmed the number of major U.S. health insurers from five to three.2  

The largest health insurance companies in the U.S. will be Anthem/Cigna, Aetna/Humana and United. In a July 6 CNBC report, one analyst estimated these public health insurance companies “would command about a third of the U.S. healthcare market, with regional players and government programs covering most of the rest.”3

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Ask an Expert: Frequently Asked Questions About Health Savings Accounts

Posted Aug 14, 2015
By Jenifer Dorsey

Ask an Expert: Frequently Asked Questions About Health Savings Accounts

Adding a health savings account to health insurance coverage can be a savvy financial move for consumers—and offering an HSA to employees can be a savvy move for employers when it comes to employee satisfaction and retention. 

When combined with a qualified high deductible health insurance plan, HSAs allow consumers to set aside tax-free dollars for future medical expenses. Funds can be used on qualified medical expenses whenever the accountholder chooses—there’s no use it or lose it.

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Infographic: 5 Top Short Term Health Insurance Myths Busted

Posted Aug 06, 2015
By Jenifer Dorsey

It’s time to separate fact from fiction when it comes to short term health insurance. This temporary coverage might be subject to a lot of rumors, but we’re here to set the record straight. Short term health insurance can be a smart solution when you’re in between Obamacare health insurance plans due to circumstances such as divorce, job loss and employer waiting periods.  

Our latest infographic busts common short term health insurance myths and highlights what this coverage has to offer.

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Infographic: 2016 Obamacare Open Enrollment Checklist – 7 Ways to Prepare in August

Posted Aug 05, 2015
By Jenifer Dorsey

Open enrollment for 2016 health insurance plans begins Nov. 1, 2015. It’s a little ways off, right? That may be the case, but those who buy individual or family coverage from a state-based or federally facilitated health insurance exchange or in the private health insurance marketplace may be wise to start thinking about it now.  

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When is 2016 Open Enrollment?

Posted Aug 04, 2015
By Jenifer Dorsey

Did you know open enrollment for 2016 health insurance coverage is less than three months away? It’s time to start thinking about matters such as healthcare, health insurance, premiums and subsidies. What worked for you this year? How will your health and financial needs be different next year?  

But first, let’s review the 2016 open enrollment dates and deadlines.

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3 Preventive Health Benefits to Use Before 2016 Open Enrollment

Posted Jul 30, 2015
By Jenifer Dorsey

3 Preventive Health Benefits to Use Before 2016 Open Enrollment

Before you think about health benefits for next year, use the ones you have already. You don’t have to wait until you or your family members are sick.  

Visiting your health care providers when you are well can help with early detection and treatment of illnesses and diseases. Plus, these preventive exams can help you assess your family’s health and health care needs, which can help you determine what health insurance and health benefits plans to buy in the future.

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Need Help Understanding Health Insurance? Work with an Agent or Broker!

Need Help Understanding Health Insurance? Work with an Agent or Broker!

In 2015, a trio of reports showed that consumers struggle to understand health insurance—and that lack of understanding results in selecting the wrong plan, spending money unnecessarily, and encountering billing surprises after receiving medical care.1

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How to Use Your Short Term Health Insurance Plan Benefits

How to Use Your Short Term Health Insurance Plan Benefits

Once your short term health insurance plan becomes effective, what do you do with it? Using a temporary, short term health insurance plan is similar to using your major medical health insurance: You visit the doctor for health care services and present your ID card. Then, you receive a bill in the mail and pay the amount not covered by your health insurance benefits.

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