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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

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

5 Smart Strategies for Buying Health Insurance

Marketplaces open Nov. 1. Prices in many states will be different than last year, but be careful. You could end up with a premium hike or miss out on a bargain.

By Nancy Metcalf

How ACA Subsidy Changes Might Affect You

The government says it will stop paying for a major type of health insurance subsidy. If you purchase Obamacare, here’s what to know.

By Nancy Metcalf

Do You Know What These Health Insurance Terms Mean?

Coinsurance, preferred providers, and deductibles can be confusing. Test your health insurance terminology smarts.

By Greg Daugherty

Do You Know the Rules for Flexible Spending Accounts?

You can save money on health costs with a flexible spending account if your employer offers one. But do you know what’s allowed — and what’s not?

By Greg Daugherty

4 Ways to Keep Health Costs Down in Retirement

While the federal Medicare program picks up a lot of the heath-care tab for Americans over 65, it doesn’t cover everything.

By Greg Daugherty

Signing Up for Health Insurance? You Have Less Time This Year

Open enrollment for health insurance for 2017 will mostly work the same as it has in previous years, but there’s an important change.

By Nancy Metcalf