Health Care & Insurance

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A Simple Way to Cut Your Drug Costs

If high prescription drug costs are giving you a headache, here’s a suggestion: Take it up with your doctor. Here’s why that can help.

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Medicare for RA: Where Do I Even Start?

Parts A, B, C, D, plus supplemental parts F, G, K… you lost me. How do I know which Medicare plans I’ll actually need for my RA, according to the meds and care I need? We break it all down and help you determine which plan is right for you.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

City MDs Prescribe More Brand-Name Meds Than Country Doctors

How doctors write prescriptions is influenced by several factors, including their area’s racial composition, level of affluence, and state health care laws.

By Diane Domina

Surprised by That Medical Bill? You Aren't Alone

More than half of Americans surveyed report they’ve been surprised by an unexpected medical bill they believed would be covered by their health insurance.

By Diane Domina

LGBT Adults Are More Likely to Be Unemployed and Uninsured

Sexual minorities in the U.S. are less likely to have jobs and health insurance and more likely to have poor health and a lower quality of life than straight adults.

By Diane Domina

Women Are More Likely Than Men to Have a Chronic Disease

Just what every woman wants to hear. But, unfortunately, 38 percent of American women have at least one chronic health condition, compared to 30 percent of men. Find out what it’s costing women — in finances and life.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Health Care and Insurance for Young Adults on a Budget

No health insurance? High deductible? Learn about your options for low-cost health insurance and health care as a young adult on a budget.

By Angela Pupino

How to Navigate Step Therapy — Or Avoid It Altogether

You could be going through step therapy — when insurance companies try less expensive treatments before offering the goods — and not even know it.

By Alisha Bridges

Did Your ACA Insurance Cost Skyrocket? Don’t Freak Out

If you get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, you may have received a renewal notice this year that gave you sticker shock. Here’s what to do.

By Nancy Metcalf

Paying for Birth Control: What to Know Now

Under the Affordable Care Act health insurance is required to provide all forms of birth control free. The rule is still in effect, with a major new exception.

By Nancy Metcalf

How to Find Free Help With Health Insurance Enrollment

Picking a health insurance plan can be difficult. Try these four strategies to get the best health insurance deal for you.

By Nancy Metcalf

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