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Be Aware of Obamacare Enrollment Extension Deadlines

By on April 15th, 2014
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Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 12.32.31 PMIn many states, the extended deadlines for enrolling in a major medical health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – Obamacare –  end today.

Last week we identified a number of states in which at least one health insurance company continued to accept new health insurance applications at eHealthInsurance.com beyond the March 31, 2014 deadline for the nationwide open enrollment period. This included Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington1.

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Panic at the disco! Riots in the streets! Netflix raises prices!!!

By on April 22nd, 2014
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Image via Flickr user 401 (K) 2013Netflix has raised rates, which puts anyone who hasn’t seen season 2 of House of Cards is seriously disadvantaged. The last time Netflix raised rates, the reaction was so severe that Hollywood responded with a relief fund for those impacted…(See more: http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/5×48)

All joking aside, we all react harshly when the price of a luxury item like Netflix goes up. But, we barely blink an eye when we hear about price increases in health care.

Price Increases in Health Care

We can argue why that is, and many people do, but the fact is that health care costs and health insurance premiums have been growing at a rate higher than inflation for decades now. Read the rest of this entry »

On This Earth Day, How Has Healthcare Contributed?

By on April 22nd, 2014
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treesIn 1970, when the world celebrated its first Earth Day, the average amount spent in healthcare per year, per person in was $380.

My oh my, how times have changed.

Per capita health expenditures rang in at a little over $9,000 last year (a 2,268% increase from 1970). But although healthcare spending excesses in the United States have worsened over the past 34 years, efforts to improve the environment vastly improved. From wind farms to advances in solar to recycling and composting movements, we sure have come along way – even if there’s still a lot of work to be done. Read the rest of this entry »

Easter and Passover Edition: Is Faith Changing Medicine?

By on April 21st, 2014
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Faith-and-medicineDuring this year’s Easter and Passover season, we got to thinking about the role of faith in healthcare.

Here’s a powerful statistic: according to Gallup polls, 80% of Americans believe in the power of prayer to improve the course of their illness. Polls and studies show that a majority of people turn to their faith or belief in a higher power during times of crisis and illness. Read the rest of this entry »

Do I qualify for Obamacare if I missed the enrollment deadline?

By on April 16th, 2014
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Special Enrollment PeriodOne of the questions we hear all the time these days is, “Do I qualify for Obamacare?”

We know it’s complicated, but here are the basics.

Under the Affordable Care Act (mostly referred to as Obamacare in our call center) if you want to enroll in a health plan that let’s you avoid the uninsured tax, you have to do so during the annual Open Enrollment Period, which ran from October 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014 (see post on extensions).

If you missed open enrollment you must have what’s called a “qualifying event,” which is sometimes also referred to as a “qualifying life event.”

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