Archive for the ‘Payment’ Category

Don’t Go Bare!

Friday, May 18, 2012 16:23 No Comments

Any Californian who has been denied health insurance because of a medical condition, as I have, should read up on the federal pre-existing condition insurance plan. This plan was developed as part of the Affordable Care Act passed on March 23, 2010.   The plan went live in August, 2010 and covers visits with primary […]

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Free H1N1 flu shot clinic in Glendale, CA

Monday, November 2, 2009 11:43 No Comments

For those of you who live in the Glendale, California area: The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is sponsoring a free H1N1 influenza vaccination clinic for high risk individuals tomorrow. Eligible individuals include pregnant women, children and young adults from 6 months to 24 years, health-care workers, people who care for infants, and […]

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Workshop: Get the Most From Your Health Care Dollar

Sunday, August 9, 2009 15:31 No Comments

For readers in the Los Angeles area: As Americans demand reform of our broken health care system, becoming an informed, empowered health care consumer is more important than ever. To meet this need, I will be offering a workshop, “How to Get the High Quality Health Care You Deserve” on August 15, 2009 from 9 […]

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Keeping Health Care Costs Low –Stay Out of the Emergency Room

Monday, July 6, 2009 17:32 No Comments

Even the simplest Level 1 visit to the Emergency Room in the US will cost at least $250 (about twice the cost of a visit to a primary care physician), and the cost can rise dramatically from there. Prevention being better than a cure, consider doing the following to avoid that expensive health care: o […]

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Healthcare Lessons Learned While on Vacation

Saturday, July 4, 2009 21:41 No Comments

While on a romantic getaway in Northern California last month, my garden variety ear infection turned into a painful nightmare, despite 2 previous rounds of antibiotics. Here’s what I learned the hard way: *Double check that you packed your cell phone charger. *Have your doctor’s office or cell phone number (or both) in your cell […]

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Tired of Tiny Type? Health Insurance Card Tip

Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:53 No Comments

If your eyes don’t read small print as well as they used to, try this tip to make navigating the health care system easier for you and the staff at the doctor’s office. Make a paper copy of the front side of your insurance card by placing the card in the middle of the copier […]

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To read the fine print, you have to have the fine print

Sunday, April 12, 2009 20:24 1 Comment

Has your health insurance company ever refused to reimburse for medical expenses that you thought should have been covered? Mine has. And what I discovered is that the basis of those decisions resides in the fine print of the insurance plan benefits description. The print is so fine, in fact, that most of it doesn’t […]

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Individual Health Insurance — Before You Apply

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 19:07 No Comments

Did you know that a major organization is likely to have a file on your medical history? If you applied for health, life or disability insurance within last 7 years, the Medical Information Bureau is likely to have a file on you. This file includes information about lab test results and serious diagnoses you have […]

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Welcome to “Get the Health Care You Deserve”

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 0:20 1 Comment

The health care system in the United States is broken and needs to be fixed. But the fixing process is likely to take a long time. With the best will in the world, vested interests will put obstacles in the way of substantive change to the U.S. health care system. You can maximize your ability […]

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The $23,000 Flu Shot

Monday, January 19, 2009 21:00 No Comments

For most people who catch it, influenza (aka, “the flu”) is generally a nuisance 7 to 10 days, but it can be deadly. More than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with flu each year, and 36,000 people die of flu or its complications. But the truth of flu — beyond what the statistics so dear to […]

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