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September 26, 2011

Report: 9 Million Americans Lost Health Insurance Due to Unemployment

September 26, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Roughly 9 million Americans lost their health insurance as a result of the economic downturn, according to a new report*. In all, an estimated 52 million Americans are currently without health insurance.

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September 20, 2011

Report: 9 Million Americans Lost Health Insurance Due to the Recession

September 20, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Roughly 9 million Americans lost their health insurance as a result of the economic downturn, according to a new report*. In all, 52 million Americans are currently without health insurance.

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August 16, 2011

Want to Lose Weight? Chew More

August 16, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The more you chew, the less you eat, according to new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


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August 5, 2011

How Dangerous are NSAID Painkillers?

August 5, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Americans are addicted to painkillers. In fact, more than 20 million Americans take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) on a daily basis. But how dangerous are these drugs?

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August 3, 2011

Insurers to Offer Birth Control Without Co-Pays

August 3, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Beginning next year, patients will no longer have co-payments or deductibles when receiving contraceptive and other preventive health services.

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July 28, 2011

Happy Meals are Getting Healthier

July 28, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

In an effort to offer healthier meals to children, McDonalds plans to decrease the portion of French fries and include a fruit or vegetable serving in each of its Happy Meals.

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July 26, 2011

PTSD? Smartphone Apps Can Help

July 26, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Soldiers suffering the invisible wounds of war have a new weapon against post-traumatic stress disorder: smartphone applications.

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July 20, 2011

Flu Vaccines are Already on the Way

July 20, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Though the 2011 flu season is still three months away, flu vaccines are already on the way.

 

Looking to avoid a potentially crippling shortage of vaccines, some drug manufacturers are disbursing shipments early.

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July 15, 2011

Pharmacy Mistakes May Be Fatal

July 15, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

By catching drug-interactions and dosage errors made by physicians and other prescribers, pharmacists save lives. But an editorial posted this week on PeoplesPharmacy.com explains that pharmacies are far from perfect.

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June 28, 2011

New Study: More Americans Praying Over Health

June 28, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The number of Americans praying about personal health issues has increased 36 percent from 1999 to 2007, according to a new study from the American Psychological Association.

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April 22, 2011

10 Most Popular Prescription Drugs in the U.S.

April 22, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Nearly half of Americans (48 percent) use at least one prescription drug*. But you may be surprised to learn which prescriptions are used most often.

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March 28, 2011

The Secret of a Long Life? Hard Work

March 28, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Avoid stress, be optimistic, retire early, hit the gym and you'll thrive, right? Nope. New research has discovered that a long career of hard work, not relaxation, is the key to a long and successful life.

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February 14, 2011

How to Keep Your Health Insurance During This Recession

February 14, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

In part three of this four-part series, I will explore the most important part of our lives: our health and well-being. Unfortunately, with job losses and a struggling economy leaving 50 million Americans without health insurance, staying healthy is becoming more difficult.

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January 19, 2011

Annual Cost of Obesity: $300 Billion

January 19, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The total economic cost of obesity in the U.S. and Canada is approaching $300 billion annually, according to a recent study.

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January 3, 2011

Study: 50 Million Americans Without Health Insurance

January 3, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

More than 50 million Americans are now without health insurance, according to a report from the Kaiser Foundation. Overall, nearly one in five nonelderly adults (19 percent) was uninsured in 2009.

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December 7, 2010

The Beginning of the End of Employer-based Health Care?

December 7, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Health reform has, thus far, produced several unintended consequences. As a result, legislators are scrambling to stave off more public backlash.  The recent wave of exemptions granted by Congress to major corporations like McDonalds and Home Depot may only be a postponement of what appears to be an intended consequence of health insurance reform. The corporations argue that the new requirements may force them to drop insurance coverage for thousands of low wage workers.

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November 15, 2010

How Much Does Smoking Really Cost?

November 15, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Smoking is a filthy habit, but it's also a pricey one. If you're a smoker, how much would kicking the habit save you?

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November 4, 2010

1/3 U.S. CFOs Plan to Cut Healthcare Benefits

November 4, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

In a national survey of U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and senior comptrollers conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, 30% are planning on reducing health care benefits, 23% are planning on reducing bonuses and 18% will be reducing stock options/equity based compensation.

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October 19, 2010

InsWeb's Revamped Facebook Page Is Live

October 19, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Check out InsWeb's revamped Facebook page! It's a great place to get the latest news and information from InsWeb's insurance experts. You can also visit InsWeb's Quick Car Insurance Quote Tool on Facebook.

October 13, 2010

1 in 7 Applicants Denied Health Insurance

October 13, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

From 2007 to 2009, the four largest for-profit health insurance companies denied one in seven applicants due to medical history, according to a congressional report released Tuesday.

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October 4, 2010

9 Percent of Americans Suffer from Depression

October 4, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Nearly one in ten Americans meets the criteria for clinical depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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September 16, 2010

10 Reasons to Update Your Insurance--Part 4

September 16, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

#7: Your Teenager Is Ready to Drive

 

Yikes. As scary as this scenario is, it's puppies and lollipops compared to the car insurance rates you're going to be paying soon.

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August 24, 2010

10 Reasons to Update Your Insurance--Part 3

August 24, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

#5: Home Renovations and Homeowners Insurance Changes

 

You've just ripped out that leaky shower and replaced the countertops in the kitchen. Congratulations! But have you contacted your home insurance company to update your policy?

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August 10, 2010

10 Reasons to Update Your Insurance Coverage--Part 2

August 10, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

#3: Having a Baby

 

This is obviously a major life event and an excellent opportunity to review all of your insurance needs. But the first thing that should jump to mind is term life insurance. If you don't have term life insurance, get some today. If you do, make sure your policy is updated and that you have enough coverage to pay the costs to raise your new child, as well as to cover future expense such as a college education. Most financial experts recommend a coverage amount in the realm of 6-10 times your annual income.

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August 4, 2010

U.S. Obesity Rate Continues to Rise

August 4, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

A new study shows America's waistline is expanding faster than ever.

 

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 26.7 percent of adults in the U.S. are now obese, a 1.1 percent increase from 2007.

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August 3, 2010

10 Reasons to Update Your Insurance Coverage--Part 1

August 3, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

As your life changes, so do your insurance needs. For example, if you moved to a new neighborhood or remodeled your kitchen this year you'll need to update your homeowners or renters insurance policy. And buying a new car or joining a carpool means it's time to consider an updated car insurance policy.

 

Here are 10 "life" situations that require changes in your insurance coverage, starting with #1: Getting Married or Divorced, and #2: Switching Jobs.

 

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July 30, 2010

1 in 5 Californians Have No Health Insurance

July 30, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Just released census figures show that nearly 6.5 million Californians went without health insurance in 2007.

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July 21, 2010

Sandwich in a Can - Would you Eat One?

July 21, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

If you thought 'fast food' couldn't get any quicker than McDonalds, meet "Candwich," the brand-new sandwich in a can.

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July 9, 2010

Fattest States in the U.S.

July 9, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

With two-thirds of Americans overweight and one-third obese, America's weight epidemic isn't confined to a single region of the country. But a new report shows that some states are significantly heavier than others.

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June 25, 2010

More Americans Exercise, But Obesity Rates Hold Steady

June 25, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

More Americans are exercising regularly, but obesity rates remain at record-high levels.

 

A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 34 percent of Americans engage in regular exercise, up nearly 3 percent from 2008. Yet, obesity rates were unchanged from 2008, holding steady at 28 percent.

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June 16, 2010

Getting Paid to Lose Weight

June 16, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Need a financial incentive to lose weight? How does $100, $200, or even $500 sound?

 

Many employers are using "dieting for dollars" programs to encourage workers to slim down. Employees who lose weight are offered rewards, such as gift certificates or reduced health insurance premiums, additional vacation time or--everyone's favorite--cold hard cash.

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June 2, 2010

Want to Stave Off Heart Disease? Brush Your Teeth

June 2, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

If you're looking to keep a healthy heart, don't forget to brush.

 

A study published in the medical journal BMJ found that those who rarely or never brushed their teeth were 70 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or other event compared to those who brushed their teeth twice a day. The study surveyed 12,000 people living in Scotland for an 8-year span.

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May 21, 2010

Should Ambulances Slow Down?

May 21, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Conventional wisdom tells us that when someone calls 911 in need of medical care, the ambulance should rush to the scene as quickly as possible. But as a new study finds, that's not necessarily the case.

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May 12, 2010

What Keeps Primary Care Physicians So Busy?

May 12, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Primary care physicians are responsible for more than office visits in the exam room, and a new report proves it.

 

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine offers a year-long snapshot of the Greenhouse Internists medical practice in Philadelphia. Using electronic medical records, the practice tracked activities of physicians and support staff during 2008.

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May 5, 2010

How Much Does a Heart Attack Cost?

May 5, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

You feel your chest tighten. You struggle to breathe for a few minutes before calling an ambulance. You're rushed to the emergency room, where a doctor informs you that you've suffered a heart attack. After a battery of tests and tons of medication, you're sent to a hospital bed to recover. Finally, you begin to wonder: How much is this going to cost me?

 

As it turns out, quite a bit.

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April 30, 2010

Dr. Chien, World's Greatest Donkey Kong Player

April 30, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Dr. Hank Chien, a cosmetic surgeon in New York, has a new title to add to his resume: Donkey Kong world-record holder.

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April 28, 2010

5 Hidden Gems in the Health Care Reform Bill

April 28, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Weighing in at over 2,400 pages, last month's health care reform bill changed the face of American health care. But a few perks for the everyday American got lost in the shuffle.

 

Here are five of the most notable gems found in the bill.

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April 23, 2010

Want to Keep Your Patients Happy? Have a Seat

April 23, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Doctors who take a moment to sit down in the exam room can have a profound effect on patient satisfaction, a new study finds.

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April 16, 2010

The Doctor--That is, the Nurse Practitioner--Will See you Now

April 16, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

With health care reform slated to extend health insurance to 30 million more Americans by 2014, how will the health care industry keep up with increased demand for services?

 

For some experts, the solution is to expand the role of nurse practitioners.

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April 12, 2010

Will Apple's iPad Revolutionize Health Care?

April 12, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Apple hopes the new iPad will fill in the gap between the small mobile device and the full-size laptop. Built-in wireless internet capability (including 3G coverage in an upcoming iPad release), a touch screen display and thousands of downloadable applications give the device the potential to transform mobile technology.

 

But what can the iPad do for health IT?

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April 7, 2010

Attacks on Doctors and Nurses on the Rise

April 7, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

While the nation debates issues surrounding health insurance, reports of doctors and nurses being attacked by patients are on the rise. Unfortunately, abuse against health care workers is a quiet epidemic.

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March 29, 2010

A User-Friendly Tool to Navigate Health Care Reform Options

March 29, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Last week, I explored the ins and outs of the health insurance reform bill, including crucial benefits that took effect right away. But with an issue as in-depth as health reform, information still gets lost in the shuffle.

 

To help clarify matters, The New York Times put together a user-friendly tool for users to determine the impact health insurance reform will have on their coverage options.

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March 26, 2010

10 Immediate Benefits of Health Care Reform

March 26, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The health insurance blogosphere has been buzzing since the health insurance reform bill narrowly passed in the House, and the InsWeb Insurance Blog was no exception. Earlier this week, I took a detailed look at the impact health insurance reform will have on the average American citizen.

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March 22, 2010

What Health Insurance Reform Means for You

March 22, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Health insurance reform passed the House of Representatives by a slim margin late last night. The health insurance reform bill, which is estimated to cost $940 billion over 10 years, is projected to extend coverage to 32 million more Americans.

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March 17, 2010

Health Care Testimonials - How Much Can You Believe?

March 17, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Ever hear the saying "don't believe everything you read"? It's especially true when your personal health is at stake.

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March 8, 2010

Luxury Hospitals

March 8, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

While tens of millions of Americans continue to suffer without health insurance, folks in New Jersey are treating themselves to same-day surgeries, heated indoor pools and much more at a brand-new luxury hospital.

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March 3, 2010

Some Companies Drop Health Insurance Without Notifying Employees

March 3, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Here one day, gone the next--that's the fate of employer-based health insurance for many employees today. But while it isn't uncommon for employers to eliminate health benefits in a struggling economy, a new trend in the American workplace is out of the ordinary: a number of employers aren't notifying their employees that they no longer have coverage.

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March 2, 2010

Importance of Health Care Revisited

March 2, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

We've explored the importance of health care time and again here at the InsWeb Blog, but last week's article in The New York Times reminds us just how important this issue is. According to the article, if the current system remains unchanged more than 275,000 adult Americans will die over the next decade due to a lack of health insurance.

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February 26, 2010

Hospitals Can Make You Sicker

February 26, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Think the hospital is the best place to be if you're ill? Think again. Hospitals are rife with "superbugs" like MRSA, a staph infection resistant to antibiotics, and many patients admitted to hospital are becoming infected and returning home far sicker than when they arrived. Sadly, some patients never return home--staph infections can and do prove fatal, especially for older patients.

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February 23, 2010

Cantor Calls Obama Health Insurance Plan "Non-Starter"

February 23, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor today referred to President Obama's health insurance proposal as a "non-starter."

 

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February 19, 2010

Talking, Texting Invade Hospitals

February 19, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

I have tremendous respect for the medical profession. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals save lives each and every day. So when I learned that emergency room doctors are receiving the 'just a minute' finger from patients engrossed in cell phone conversations, I was more than a bit shocked.

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February 16, 2010

7 Bogus Health Tips

February 16, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Lately, Americans have spent so much time debating the ins and outs of health care reform that they have forgotten the single most important fact that has been largely forgotten in this health care crisis: personal health starts at home.

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February 10, 2010

Doctors Are Being Overworked

February 10, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

We're regularly told about the American public getting "worked over" by the health care industry. But resident doctors, who work upwards of 100 hours per week, are really the ones getting the short end of the stick.

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February 3, 2010

Is the Health Care Crisis Causing the American Dream to Slip Away?

February 3, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

At its core, the American Dream is the promise of a good, prosperous life for all hard-working Americans. But one expert believes that failure to pass health care reform will put the American Dream out of reach for the vast majority of Americans.

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January 27, 2010

Is Healthcare Reform Dead?

January 27, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

With the election of Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy's former Senate seat, health insurance reform seems to be at a crossroads.

 

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January 22, 2010

Television Could Be Killing You

January 22, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

On average, Americans watch 31 hours of television per week. And new research shows that your television could be killing you--at least in one sense.

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January 19, 2010

What if Air Travel Operated Like Health Care?

January 19, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

If you've ever struggled to wade through the bureaucracy of airlines or health care companies, you'll appreciate this video.

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January 15, 2010

6.7 Million Children Without Health Insurance

January 15, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Adults aren't the only ones struggling to secure health insurance. A report from the Oregon Health & Science University reveals that 6.7 million children in the U.S. are without health insurance.

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January 13, 2010

Running Shoes May Cause Joint Strain

January 13, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

I'm afraid I just can't pass this one up...just a couple of months after I wrote about some of the questions surrounding running shoes and Christopher McDougall's book "Born to Run," a new study has been released that seems to suggest that running shoes can cause more strain on the knees than high heels. To learn more, read the article from LiveScience.com.

January 12, 2010

Michael Pollan's New 64 Rules

January 12, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Even if you're a certified, card-carrying couch potato, you probably know that what you eat has a lot to do with your health. Health insurers certainly do.

 

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Kitchen Spoons Not Accurate for Liquid Medication

January 12, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

If you're still measuring your child's liquid medication with a kitchen spoon, a new study may shock you.

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January 7, 2010

Some Aspects of Health Reform Would Take Effect Quickly

January 7, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

While Congress debates the specifics of a health care bill, Americans wonder what reform will mean for them--and when they can expect it. The good news is that many changes would be felt immediately or within a few months of the bill's signing.

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January 4, 2010

Swine Flu - Is the Worst Over?

January 4, 2010 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

While officials in the U.S. have stopped short of writing the obituary for the H1N1 swine flu, the damage caused by outbreak has, thankfully, fallen well short of a major epidemic on the scale of the 1918 flu pandemic.

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December 29, 2009

Generic Drugs Aren't the Same After All

December 29, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

To reduce expenses, health insurance companies encourage consumers to opt for generic drugs whenever available. But certain prescription drugs may not work as well as their brand-name counterparts.

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December 16, 2009

New Report: Healthcare Costs Have Soared Since 1996

December 16, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

It's no surprise that healthcare costs have skyrocketed during the past decade or two. But a new report outlines exactly how much they have increased since 1996.

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December 10, 2009

What Would a Health Insurance Mandate Mean for You?

December 10, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

As Congress debates the specifics of a health insurance bill, confusion is running rampant. Would all Americans be required to purchase health insurance? Will you pay more if you already have employer-based health insurance? Would a mandate cover abortion procedures?

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December 4, 2009

How Much Does America Spend on Health Care?

December 4, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

It's no surprise that health care costs are rising sharply in the United States. But exactly how much does the U.S. spend on health care, and how does its expenditure compare to those of other industrialized nations?

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December 2, 2009

Is Overutilization of Health Care Driving Up Costs?

December 2, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

When we hear discussion about the problems facing the U.S. health care system, we're often told that not enough people have access to affordable health care. And that's absolutely true--over 46 million Americans were without health insurance in 2006, a number that is almost certainly higher today.

 

But there's an important factor contributing to the health care crisis that isn't as widely discussed: too much health care.

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November 30, 2009

How is the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Made?

November 30, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Think you're too busy checking out Cyber Monday deals to care about catching H1N1 swine flu? Well, think about it this way: After you've hovered over a toilet for a week or two with a 103 degree temperature, getting the jump on a $299 laptop won't seem so important.

 

What is important, however, is protecting yourself from the danger and misery of swine flu by getting the H1N1 vaccine. But how exactly is the H1N1 swine flu vaccine produced?

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November 24, 2009

Health Insurance and the Voices of the Uninsured

November 24, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The health insurance debate in Washington has been firing on all cylinders for the better part of year now, and while the polemic has certainly been passionate and entertaining, I think there has been a relative lack of input from the people who will be most affected by the proposed changes--the uninsured themselves. Aside from the "town hall meetings" a few months back that were undoubtedly dominated by the posturing and proselytizing of those on the more extreme sides of the political spectrum, where are uninsured Americans letting their voices be heard?

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October 19, 2009

Are Your Kids Too Good for Tater Tots?

October 19, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

In the midst of a national health care debate, the Institute of Medicine has released a report that recommends schools implement strict dietary rules on meals served to students. What is their main concern? Childhood obesity.

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October 15, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine Myths Busted

October 15, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The H1N1 swine flu virus is sweeping the nation--and so are the myths about the vaccine. Go to any coffee shop or grocery store and you'll hear them:

  • "They didn't have time to test the vaccine before they released it."

  • "Only pregnant women, kids and health care workers need the vaccine."

  • "The seasonal flu shot protects against swine flu, too."

Not only are these myths dead wrong, they're misleading and potentially fatal for those who don't get vaccinated, especially children.

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October 5, 2009

Are Running Shoes the Enemy?

October 5, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

There's a theory out there among runners and other athletes that is quickly gaining popularity: Maybe the reason we get injured so often while running is that our running shoes are messing up our technique?

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September 24, 2009

5 Easy Ways to Fight Off Swine Flu

September 24, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Worried about swine flu? You're not alone. Americans are all a bit paranoid about catching H1N1 swine flu, and for good reason.

 

The swine flu is a potentially deadly virus. Hundreds of people in Mexico have died after contracting the virus, and now it's sweeping across the U.S. like wildfire. In fact, a report from the White House estimates that swine flu may affect as many as 40% of Americans in the coming year.

 

But don't panic just yet. Swine flu can be avoided if you follow a few precautionary steps.

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July 28, 2009

They Melt in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand and now Could Help Heal Spinal Injuries?

July 28, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

You know the saying "they melt in your mouth and not in your hands" is the catch phrase of M&Ms. The chocolate covered middle surrounded by that thin candy shell is one of my favorite candies to snack on, as well as an awesome ice cream topper. But according to recent research, the blue M&Ms could help you heal after a spinal injury.

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July 14, 2009

Good For Your Health: Swearing

July 14, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Ever hit your funny bone on the corner of the wall and let out a few "colorful metaphors?" You know, the ones written "$@#*!," or bleeped out in hip-hop videos. Well, if you tend to swear when you stub a toe or hit your knee on the table, it could actually be beneficial to your health. Researchers at a UK college have found that uttering a few swear words can make your injury less painful.

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June 18, 2009

Nearly 25% of Americans Worry About Losing Health Insurance in the Next Year

June 18, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

According to a new survey, nearly one in four Americans (23.6%) fear losing their health insurance at some point in the next 12 months.

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June 10, 2009

Lost Your Health Insurance? Here Are a Few Ways to Stay Covered

June 10, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The national unemployment rate has reached 9.4 percent, and job losses are causing millions of Americans are losing access to health insurance. Though most of us rely on our employer for health care, there are still ways to keep covered even if you've lost your job or aren't offered coverage at work.

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June 4, 2009

Laughing Your Way to Better Health?

June 4, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Knock knock. Did you know laughing could be good for your health? According to a WebMD.com feature, we change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.

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May 21, 2009

Uninsured? It May Cost You Your Life

May 21, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

If you're rushed to the emergency room, a health insurance policy could mean the difference between life and death, a new study has found.

 

According to data from the National Trauma Data Bank, uninsured patients admitted to the emergency room with a traumatic injury are 50 percent more likely to die from their injuries than patients with insurance.

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May 14, 2009

Free Viagra and Lipitor from Pfizer?

May 14, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Lost your job and can't afford your Lipitor? Economic troubles putting a squeeze on your Viagra budget?

 

With rising drug prices and layoffs causing millions of Americans to lose access to health insurance, leading drug manufacturer Pfizer is unveiling an extraordinary program: free prescription drugs for Americans who have lost their jobs and health care coverage.

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May 13, 2009

10 Worst Cities for Allergies

May 13, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Watery eyes? Sneezing, sniffling? Coughing or headaches? The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and allergy season is here again.

 

And, due to climate change, allergy season is now likely to last two weeks longer than usual, lasting up to eight weeks between March and May. (Yet another reason to "go green"...)

 

But if you think your allergy troubles couldn't get any worse, imagine living in one of the 10 worst cities for allergies.

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May 8, 2009

Popular Baby Names of 2008

May 8, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Even if we share our name with 5 other people at the office, a name gives us identity and individuality, and how we are named has a profound affect on how we see ourselves. This is probably why parents sometimes struggle with finding the perfect name for their children.

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April 28, 2009

Swine Flu

April 28, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The past three days I've been living under a rock because of an out-of-town house guest. When I got a moment to check the weather on the local news I caught my first glimpse of the swine flu coverage. Well, needless to say, I jumped up and went straight to my computer to read about this "possible pandemic."

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April 23, 2009

Another Reason to Go Green--Your Health

April 23, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Since we celebrated Earth Day this week, many people were thinking about ways they can help the environment. While recycling and taking shorter showers can help you feel good that you're doing your part to save the planet, there are other ways you can go green that will also benefit your health.

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Insurance Needs of the First Family Part IV - Health Insurance

April 23, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Reforming the health care system has been a central issue for President Obama since the beginning of his presidential campaign. But exactly how much health insurance coverage does the first family need?

 

Considering the amount of stress they're under, quite a bit.

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April 3, 2009

12.1 Million Californians Lacked Health Insurance Coverage in '07-'08

April 3, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Over one out of every three Californians went without health insurance for at least one month between 2007 and 2008, according to a study by Families USA. The same study found that most of them were uninsured for at least six months. The 37% of Californians who didn't have health insurance equals 12.1 million people.

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March 18, 2009

Good Time to Quit Smoking

March 18, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Mark Twain said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times." You have tried to quit smoking many times in the past. Each time you make it a little longer, which is great. But how about trying again?

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March 13, 2009

Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend, Dr., Arrested for Prescription Drug Conspiracy

March 13, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

With more and more Americans unable to pay for their necessary prescription drugs, turns out that the longtime boyfriend and lawyer of Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K. Stern, along with her doctor Sandeep Kapoor had no problem paying for theirs. They were arrested Thursday for allegedly conspiring to repeatedly and excessively furnish prescription drugs to Anna Nicole before her death in 2007. Doctor Khristine Eroshevich has also been charged and is expected to turn herself in next week.

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Is Exercise the New Miracle Cold-Buster?

March 13, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Could moderate exercise be the best way to beat the common cold? Some medical experts seem to think so.

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March 5, 2009

My Dead Battery or I Should Have Stayed in Bed

March 5, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

A few days ago I took a sick day because of a very nasty cold. But my pantry was bare, so I thought I'd risk the pouring rain and cold symptoms and drive to the supermarket 30 seconds from my home to get some soup.

 

I should have stayed in bed.

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March 2, 2009

Can Laser Surgery Eliminate Bad Breath?

March 2, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Biologically speaking, the mouth is one of the filthiest parts of the human body. But Dr. Yosef Krespi and his team are looking to change that.

 

Dr. Krespi, chairman of the ear, nose and throat medical department at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals, has devised a laser treatment that may permanently eliminate bad breath.

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February 24, 2009

Health Care Costs to Top $8,000 Per Person

February 24, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Tonight, President Obama is expected to call for a health care reform in a joint session of Congress. In an AP story from yesterday, health care costs will top $8,000 per person this year, consuming an ever-bigger slice of a shrinking economic pie, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report due out today. The government statisticians estimated that health costs will reach $13,100 per person in 2018, accounting for $1 out of every $5 spent in the economy.

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February 20, 2009

New Report: 14,000 Americans Lose Health Care Each Day

February 20, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

According to a new report by the Center for American Progress, 14,000 Americans are losing health insurance each day during this economic downturn.

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February 17, 2009

The Octuplet Mom and the Monumental Cost of Motherhood

February 17, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Late last month, a California woman gave birth to a set of octuplets--six boys and two girls. Doctors at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Bellflower, California initially expected only seven children, and were surprised to find an eighth in the bunch--"Baby H."

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February 10, 2009

Americans Skipping Necessary Prescriptions Due to Cost

February 10, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The American health care system has been called many things, but cheap isn't one of them.

 

A report just released by the Center for Studying Health System Change, a nonprofit group, found that one in seven Americans under 65 skipped a prescription medication in 2007 due to cost.

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Kick the Habit for Fluffy's Sake!

February 10, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

It is common knowledge that smoking is damaging to our health. 'Stop Smoking' campaigns have tried for years to pull on the heartstrings of smokers, demonstrating the damaging affects of secondhand smoke on children and other people living with them. Well now they can add one more: pets. A new study suggests that 1 in 3 smokers say they would quit for the sake of their furry friend.

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February 4, 2009

House Passes Health Insurance Bill, Extends Coverage to Four Million Uninsured Children

February 4, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The House of Representatives passed legislation that will provide health insurance to more than four million uninsured children, giving President Barack Obama an encouraging first step toward fulfilling his goal of universal health care.

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February 2, 2009

How Getting Divorced Affects Your Health Insurance

February 2, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Are you recently divorced and trying to get your finances in order? I covered how getting divorced affects your car insurance, life insurance and homeowners insurance. For this post, I'll cover how getting divorced affects your health insurance and what options are available to you.

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Health Insurers Offer Rewards to Healthy Customers

February 2, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Looking for a new set of golf clubs? Your health insurer may be willing to buy them for you.

 

Health insurance companies and employers are unveiling new incentive programs that reward customers for leading healthy lifestyles, ushering in a trend toward health-and-wellness in a desperate attempt to cut skyrocketing costs.

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January 26, 2009

Bad Economy = Busy Therapists

January 26, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The retail stores may be empty, but there's one place in America that's full: the therapist's office.

 

We've already explored how mental health deteriorates during a recession, but mental health experts are alarmed at the meteoric rise of "collateral damage" brought on by poor economic conditions.

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January 16, 2009

Internet Doctors - Not as Crazy as it Sounds

January 16, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

We all know the process of trying to get in to see your doctor - calling to make an appointment, taking time off work to go there and the inevitable down time in the waiting room watching the fish swim around the fish tank. But the Internet is changing the way people can receive medical help.

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January 15, 2009

Weak Economy--No More Doctors?

January 15, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

With the weakened economy, some people are turning away from expensive doctors and prescriptions and instead are turning to alternative medical therapies. The Associated Press reports that many people are forgoing regular doctor visits and are self-medicating. This attempt to save money could be very dangerous, since the safety of alternative medical practices is not proven.

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January 12, 2009

Are You a Smoker?

January 12, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

When looking for term life insurance or health insurance, one of the first health questions you will be asked is if you are a smoker. While this may seem like a cut and dry answer, it is actually confusing if you're like me and occasionally smokes a cigar. And where does smoking a pipe fit in as well? Not as clear cut a question anymore is it?

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January 6, 2009

Landmark Provision Equalizes Mental Health Insurance Coverage

January 6, 2009 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Buried deep within last year's $700 billion financial bailout package is a landmark provision that requires insurance companies to provide equal coverage for mental and physical health.

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December 30, 2008

New Study - Mental Health Deteriorates During Recession

December 30, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

In a previous post, I discussed how physical health improves during a recession. But when economic conditions are poor, what's good for the body isn't necessarily good for the mind.

 

New research in the United States and Europe has found that economic conditions directly affect the quality of mental health. Due to the global financial crisis, mental health is deteriorating at an alarming rate.

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December 11, 2008

The Double Dinner

December 11, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

One of the joys that I am finding about being engaged is the double holiday celebrations. This first dawned on me with Thanksgiving when I was able to enjoy two turkey dinners. With talking to my family and my soon to be in-laws, I am on track to have two Christmas dinners as well. So how can I enjoy the wonderful food without regretting it later? My solution: exercise and sensible eating.

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December 10, 2008

The Basics of Long Term Care Insurance

December 10, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Good news, the average life expectancy is 78.1 years, which means people are living longer these days. But are you financially prepared for getting old? Maybe you have been contributing to your retirement fund but have you thought about long term care insurance?

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December 9, 2008

How Not to Save on Insurance

December 9, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Since we are officially in a recession, everyone is thinking of ways to save money. The holidays aren't helping matters any either. Gina has been writing blogs about ways to save money around the house as well as buying everyday necessities. The purpose of this blog is to inform consumers how to save money on insurance. Now I will offer a tip on how NOT to save on your insurance: lower your coverage!

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

December 9, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

The silent killer. That is what many call carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. You can't smell it, or see it, but if you are exposed to carbon monoxide you could be dead in minutes. CO poisoning from malfunctioning fuel burning appliances kills hundreds of people every year.

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December 8, 2008

Job Loss or Family Causing Holiday Stress? Just Chill Out!

December 8, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

If you're stressed out this holiday season, you're not alone. Each year, millions of Americans suffer from increased stress and tension during the holidays--and for good reason.

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December 2, 2008

10 Things You Should Know About Buying Long-Term Care Insurance

December 2, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Looking to purchase long-term care insurance? If so, you might be trying to figure out what your best option is, how much it is going to cost you and any limitations that are associated with long-term care insurance. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners offers these tips you should consider when buying long-term care insurance.

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November 21, 2008

Nation's Second-Largest Health Insurer Outsourcing Medical Care to India

November 21, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

If you work for Indianapolis-based Wellpoint Inc., the nation's second-biggest health insurer, you may be in line for free health care--in India. In an effort to curb rising health care costs, Wellpoint plans to offer its employees the option to travel abroad for elective medical procedures free of charge.

 

Joint and knee replacements? Spinal surgery? Talk about outsourcing!

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November 19, 2008

Marrying for Health Insurance

November 19, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Couples are increasingly headed to the altar for a reason other than love: health insurance.

 

In a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 7% of adults said someone in their household had married in the past 12 months to gain access to healthcare benefits. Most couples said they expected to get married sooner or later, but a partner's necessity for healthcare benefits was the catalyst for the rush to the altar.

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November 14, 2008

PETA's Health Insurance Suggestion

November 14, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

I have several issues with the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). I wholeheartedly agree that animal abuse, whether a pet or livestock, is sickening; but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop eating meat. Their latest idea was to approach Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont to lobby for higher health insurance premiums for people who eat meat.

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November 13, 2008

Barack Obama's Health Care Plan and the American Citizen

November 13, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

With the presidential election finally behind us, we now need to figure out how the change of power will affect typical Americans. An issue that was a major point in the election is health care reform and health insurance. According to President-elect Barack Obama's campaign Web site, Obama's Health Insurance Plan has many changes in store.

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November 12, 2008

Job Woes and Health Insurance

November 12, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Since the beginning of 2008, over 1 million jobs have been lost. When a person loses their job, they are not only losing their primary source of income, but more than likely lose their health insurance coverage as well. Approximately 63% of Americans under the age of 65 have health insurance coverage from their employer.

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November 6, 2008

Getting Enough Sleep? It Could Save Your Life

November 6, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Did turning the clocks back last weekend throw you off? Are you one of the many people who don't get 8 hours of sleep a night? While not getting a good night sleep can leave you feeling sluggish all day, driving while you are drowsy could have deadly consequences.

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October 30, 2008

Heart Attack Risk Drops at End of Daylight Savings

October 30, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Researchers in Sweden have found that the risk of having a heart attack on the Monday after Daylight Savings ends (November 3rd this year) is less than other days of the year. They have also found that heart attack risk goes up for the 3 days after we Spring Forward.

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October 27, 2008

Health Insurance: McCain vs. Obama

October 27, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

While the recent economic turmoil has taken the forefront in the presidential election, another important political and life issue is the candidates' stance on health care and health insurance. Both John McCain and Barack Obama have their own policy ideas, so let's see how they stack up.

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October 10, 2008

The Healing Power of the Mighty Chicken

October 10, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" For some reason, the mighty chicken seems to be involved in some of life's biggest questions. In my opinion, the most important chicken related question is; "does eating chicken soup cure the common cold?"

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October 3, 2008

Getting Fit: My Weight Loss Plan

October 3, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

I recently found out that I am technically obese. I knew that I was a little on the heavy side but I didn't think I had crossed the threshold into obesity. So in light of this news, and why I am sharing it on the Internet, is I am going to embark on a get-fit mission.

 

Not only am I doing this to look good in my tux during my wedding, but also to improve my quality of life as well as lower my life insurance costs. As of October 1st, I am 6'2", and weigh 235 pounds; which equals a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30.22.

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August 22, 2008

Measles Outbreak in the United States

August 22, 2008 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

Measles is making a comeback. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 131 reported cases of measles in the U.S. While 131 reported cases might not seem like a lot, it is the most measles cases reported since 1996.

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June 26, 2006

Health Insurance Plans - Which Type Is For Me?

June 26, 2006 | By: Robert | Comments (0) | Posted in: Health

A lot has happened in my life the past eight months, which has led me to making some important decisions. For nearly seven years I lived in the Pacific Northwest; receiving my college education and working several different professional jobs. There came a point this past Fall when I realized that I was ready for a change. I was seeking bigger and brighter things in my life, and the dreary Northwest was not providing me the opportunities I was seeking. I left my job, packed my SUV with all of my possessions (yes, amazingly I fit everything in and on top of my car), and said good bye to my friends. It was California or Bust!

It wasn't like this was a totally risky or "out of the blue" move. I had spent my childhood in Northern California and a large portion of my family still resides there. During early winter I moved down to the Sacramento area and began the hunt for job in the marketing field. It wasn't long before I landed a great position with an established company. As in with most new jobs you are given thick offer packets containing all the information regarding the company, government documents and participating insurance company information.


That's when it hit me; I had never really made any long term decisions regarding my healthcare coverage. I was covered under my parents insurance until I turned 25 and after that I purchased just major medical insurance on my own, covering myself only in case of a major injury or hospitalization. It was now time to sit down and figure which health insurance plan was going to fit my current lifestyle.

Where do I start? Being "tech" savvy, the first place I looked was the Internet. I was overwhelmed by the amount of health insurance information out there. There were so many options; HMO, PPO, Point-Of-Service and Indemnity. Each of the different health plans has its pros and cons. It's a matter of finding which one fits your needs. I was fortunate to run across an article titled, "Health Plans- What's the Difference"


The article laid out very simply the basic differences in the health plans. I was mainly looking for the differences between an HMO and PPO

- HMO: Low cost, easy/simple paperwork, physician refers you to specialists.
- PPO: Costs more, greater flexibility in the doctors you can see.
After careful thought and research I decided to go with the HMO plan that was being offered by my employer. It meets all my medical needs and so far has been a pretty good choice.

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