Category Archives: Individual

Woman On Laptop Tries To Understand Her Explanation of Benefits (EOB)

How To Make Sense Of Your Explanation of Benefits (EOB)

Say you visit your doctor for an annual check-up, or you head to urgent care for a neck strain. Every time you visit your doctor, hospital, urgent care, or other healthcare provider, you’ll receive an “Explanation of Benefits” in the mail. But don’t grab your check or credit card yet — this Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is not a bill.

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Stressed Businessman Worries That He's A Victim Of Healthcare Fraud

How Healthcare Fraud Costs Us All

It takes a village to maintain your health insurance coverage. That village includes the health insurance company in charge of your plan, the network of doctors and hospitals that manage your care, the employer who might offer you group coverage, and the state and federal governments that provide mandatory benefits and possible tax credits to you and your employer. And

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Single Man Hikes Mountains In California

How Would A Single-Payer System Affect You?

On June 5, 2017, California state senators passed SB 562, a healthcare bill that would offer free healthcare services to all California residents. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Because providing free medical care for 40-plus million people comes with a huge price tag. In this post, we’ll break down SB 562, including what it means and how

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Will You Lose Your Health Insurance Under Trump?

After the 2016 election, pundits on all sides swore, “We’re out of the prediction business.” The same declaration should be made for anyone involved in healthcare policy — because while commentary abounds on the future of health insurance under President Trump, nothing has been confirmed. In March, Republicans put together a bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. However, until actual legislation gets

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Flustered young woman learns about health insurance changes in 2017

Health Insurance Plans Will Change — Here’s How Those Changes Affect You

Health insurance in California saw three major changes in 2017. First, PPO plans were phased out in favor of HMO and EPO plans. Second, all Obamacare enrollees had to choose or be recommended to a PCP. Third, most plan premiums increased in price. Because California has the nation’s largest state-run health insurance exchange, its pool of about 1.4 million enrollees helped insurance companies

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Looking For A Plan? Check Out These Must-Know Health Insurance Terms!

Health insurance is a pretty straightforward concept: You pay your insurance carrier a monthly premium, and your insurance carrier helps pay for your medical costs. Unfortunately, what’s not straightforward about health insurance is just about everything else. Healthcare coverage varies by plan type, insurance carriers, the network of doctors that carrier offers and state laws. Plus, each plan has its

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Turning 26? Here’s How To Shop For A Budget-Friendly Health Plan

By age 26, you’ve hit plenty of milestones. You’ve made it through school, scored a “real” job, and maybe even quit that “real” job. You’ve learned the value of a full night’s sleep and a predictable routine. And, according to your parents, you’ve become a technology prodigy. Despite everything you’ve mastered by your mid-20s, there’s still one thing that you

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US Capitol, Washington DC, where Obamacare was passed

Confused About Obamacare? Here’s What You Need To Know About The Health Insurance Law

By 2022, Obamacare is projected to offer healthcare coverage to 33 million previously uninsured Americans. But if you’re confused by what Obamacare means to you, you’re not alone! The law is thousands of pages long — hardly the type of casual reading you want to do in your free time. We won’t get into the nitty gritty of Obamacare complexities.

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Patient with health plan under Special Enrollment shakes hands with doctor

Need Health Insurance Now? You Might Qualify For Special Enrollment!

You need health insurance, but you’re not sure how to get it. You did a quick Google search and saw that Open Enrollment ended on Jan. 31 — and it won’t reopen until November 2018! If you missed this short window of time to sign up for a plan, can you still get covered? The answer lies in three words: Special Enrollment Period. What

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