Take control of your healthcare coverage

One week from today, at the 92nd St. Y, there's a workshop that will teach you about "ways to navigate the healthcare system, the role of a healthcare advocate and the steps that should be taken when coverage is reduced or denied."

With health literacy at an all-time low...

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Uninsured workers, worst case scenario

It's a familiar story: the end of a job often means the end of insurance coverage. Today, the New York Times paints a bleak picture in its article on workers without insurance. The article focuses on a North Carolina real estate agent, recovering from cancer, who could find coverage...

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Health care costs continue to rise

We know, we know--stop the presses, right? Well, a new report predicts that insurance costs for employers will increase again by 8% annually in 2007 and 2008. Inflation is only about 3%, so it's no wonder that the number of employers offering health benefits is shrinking.

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What do Wisconsin farmers and New York freelancers have in common?

Both groups have figured out that you can band together for lower-cost health insurance.

Because of a new plan funded with seed money from the federal government, Wisconsin's farmers for the first time have access to group-rate health insurance. From where we stand, the model (called "unique" by an...

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Bloomberg calls for new emphasis on preventive care

Last week, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke out about what he sees as the problem with the health care system: it manages disease, rather than emphasizing prevention. In his speech at the National Health Policy Conference (available online as a video and a transcript), Mayor Bloomberg mentioned that New York...

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Wal-Mart & SEIU promote universal coverage

Today, Wal-Mart and the Service Employees International Union announced that they'll be jointly promoting universal health care. The partnership is a public relations coup, especially for Wal-Mart, which has been the target of much criticism by labor organizations. We'll be keeping a close eye on this venture, and...

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When insurance companies revoke policies

Say what you will about the cost of insurance in New York State (and we've probably said it all): there's certainly some protection that comes with buying insurance in a guarantee-issue state. USA Today published a piece last week on individuals who've had their policies revoked for...

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First Massachusetts, now California

Unless you're on a media fast, you'll have heard by now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a plan for universal health care in the state of California. The real headline is buried, though: California is about to become a guarantee-issue state. (This is the case currently in...

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Young adults are more likely to be uninsured

USA Today is running a series on the financial challenges facing young people, and the last installment spotlights the problem of lack of health insurance. Nationwide, 27% of people in their 20s go without coverage, compared to 16% for the population as a whole. Of course, one of the reasons...

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New rules for HSAs

Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, allow you to save and invest pre-tax dollars for health care expenses. They can be particularly useful for freelancers, who don't have access to Flexible Spending Accounts (another pre-tax vehicle for health expenses). In 2007, there are some new rules for HSAs, neatly summarized...

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