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Elizabeth Davis

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By Elizabeth Davis

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Can You Get a Health Insurance Exemption? Created: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Learn how to qualify for a health insurance exemption if you're uninsured and don’t want to pay a tax penalty.
    • How a Health Insurance Subsidy Could Cost You Big-Time Created: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      A little-known clause in the Affordable Care Act might backfire on you and force you to pay back the money you got as a health insurance subsidy.
    • Reconciliation—What Is It? Created: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn what reconciliation means in the health insurance world and why it could cost you thousands of dollars when you get a health insurance subsidy.
    • Avoid Having to Pay Back Your Health Insurance Subsidy Created: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Getting a subsidy to help pay for your health insurance? You might have to pay the subsidy back. Learn how to avoid this financial disaster.
    • Out-of-Pocket Maximums Created: Monday, December 21, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn the meaning of the term “Out-of-Pocket Maximum” from your About.com Guide to Health Insurance.
    • Laid Off? COBRA Insurance May Be an Option for Health Care Coverage Created: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      If you have been laid off from your job and your former employer has 20 or more employees, the company is required by a 1986 federal law (known as COBRA) to offer you the option to pay for an extension of your health insurance coverage for at least 18 months. COBRA provides you with insurance for you and your family but COBRA can be very expensive.
    • Utilization Review—What It Is & How It Works Created: Monday, March 24, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Learn what health care utilization review is, how it works, and who does it. See an example of the utilization review process.
    • What Does a Case Manager Do? Created: Friday, April 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Learn what case management is and who does it. See examples of how the case management works in hospitals, health insurance companies, and home health care.
    • Pregnant? No Maternity Insurance? What Now? Created: Saturday, March 23, 2013 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Pregnant? Don't have health insurance? Health plan doesn't include maternity insurance? Get resources for affordable maternity care or maternity insurance.
    • Medicaid Eligibility - An Overview of Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits Created: Thursday, January 28, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Medicaid is a joint program of the federal and state governments to provide health coverage to the poor and people with disabilities. Each state has different Medicaid eligibility requirements, but as a general rule, children and pregnant women are given priority.
    • Pre Existing Conditions - Understanding Exclusions and Creditable Coverage Created: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      A pre-existing condition can affect your health insurance coverage. If you are applying for insurance, some health insurance companies may accept you conditionally by providing a pre-existing condi...
    • Over My Dead Body—How Medicaid Takes Its Money Back After You Die Created: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Medicaid can take back the money it spent on your healthcare after you die by taking funds meant for your heirs. Find out if your estate might be at risk." itemprop="descriP='t3'" --> itemprop="des...
    • Spouse’s Health Insurance - Switching to a Spouse's Plan May Save Money Created: Friday, December 11, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      At open enrollment time, look at the plan options your employer offers. You may be able to save money by switching to your spouse's health coverage." itemprop="description"" --> itemprop="descripti...
    • Prescription Abbreviations Created: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Your doctor uses abbreviations (based on Latin words) that tell your pharmacist which medication to give you and directions on how to use that medication. Learning to read a prescription immediatel...
    • What Is Discharge Planning & How Does It Work? Created: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Learn what discharge planning is and who does it. See an example of a discharge plan. Learn why discharge planning is such a big deal.
    • When Is Open Enrollment on Health Insurance Exchanges? Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      See open enrollment dates for 2015, 2016 and beyond. Learn when your coverage starts and what to do if you miss open enrollment on your exchange.
    • I Missed Obamacare Open Enrollment. What Now? Created: Thursday, April 03, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      Missed Obamacare open enrollment? Find ways to avoid being uninsured, what will happen if you are uninsured, and how to avoid the tax penalty.
    • COBRA Vs Obamacare—Which Is Better? Created: Friday, March 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014
      Choosing between COBRA health insurance and an Obamacare health plan on your state’s health insurance exchange? See how they compare.
    • How Silly Mix-Ups Cause a Health Insurance Claim Denial Created: Sunday, March 23, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 23, 2014
      Health insurance claim denials are frustrating, but they're not all disasters. Some are caused by simple mix-ups and are easy to fix. See examples.
    • What Is a Health Insurance Denial? Created: Sunday, March 23, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 23, 2014
      Learn what a health insurance denial is, why your health plan might deny a claim or pre-authorization request, and what to do if it happens to you.
    • What Is a Provider? Created: Sunday, March 23, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 23, 2014
      Think a health care provider is just insurance lingo meaning doctor? Think again. Discover what a provider really is and why it should matter to you.
    • Lost Your Health Insurance? Not Obamacare Open Enrollment? What Now? Created: Saturday, March 22, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014
      Losing your health insurance? Think you can’t get a health plan on your health insurance exchange because it’s not open enrollment? Think again.
    • Why COBRA Health Insurance May Not Be Your Best Option Created: Monday, March 17, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014
      Considering COBRA? Learn why COBRA isn’t always the best choice and what disadvantages you’ll face if you choose COBRA Health Insurance.
    • What Is a Health Insurance Provider Network? Created: Thursday, June 27, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
      What is a health insurance provider network? Why is understanding your health plan's network essential to using your health insurance wisely? Find out here.
    • 5 Surprising Things Not Covered by Health Insurance Created: Saturday, April 06, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
      Sometimes knowing what's not covered by health insurance is just as important as knowing what is covered. Avoid getting stuck with medical bills your health insurance won't pay. Learn these five co...
    • Is Health Insurance Tax Deductible? Created: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Some health insurance is tax deductible. Learn the ins and outs of using your health insurance as a tax write-off. Find out if you can save on taxes.
    • How Much Does COBRA Health Insurance Cost? Created: Monday, March 10, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Need to know how much COBRA costs? Learn to calculate your COBRA health insurance premiums and why COBRA costs more than job-based health insurance.
    • Hospitalized in Observation Status? You’ll Pay More Created: Sunday, April 07, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Hospitalized in observation status rather than inpatient? Learn what observation status is, how observation guidelines work, and why you'll pay more." itemprop="description'" --> itemprop="descript...
    • EOB—What Is It? Created: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      Learn what a health insurance EOB is and what kind of information your explanation of benefits provides.
    • I Have Health Insurance. Why Do I still Have to Pay for Health Care? Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      Learn why you still have to pay medical bills even though you have health insurance. Find out what you can do about it.
    • What's a Health Insurance Claim? Created: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
      Learn what a health insurance claim is, why you might have to file a claim, and what to expect if you do.
    • HMOs vs. PPOs – What Are the Differences Between HMOs and PPOs? Created: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
      The most common types of managed care plans are health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs). Less common are point-of-service (POS) plans that combine the features of an HMO and a PPO. Learn the differences between HMOs and PPOs.

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