6 Surprising and Weird Insurance Policies

weird insurance policies

As many grapple with choosing the right health plan for open enrollment, we thought we would pause to take stock of insurance policies. According to Investopedia, some of the earliest insurance policies appeared in Hammurabi’s Code – that ancient set of Babylonian laws believed to be the first formal, written rules dictating familial and ... Read More...

Cultivating Healthy Habits: Helping Families Access Healthy Food Options

Access to healthy food

Over the course of a typical K-12 education, more than 2,000 lunches will be packed or purchased for each child. Even with the best of intentions, packing a nutritious lunch can become a challenge for many parents who juggle their hectic schedules as well as their kids’ school and activities. In fact, a recent Department of Public Health ... Read More...

Tips For Finding the Best Health Benefits

health benefits tips

Open enrollment season is almost here. While many Americans will switch their plans to save on costs, add services or change into a plan approved under the Affordable Care Act, some do nothing at all or procrastinate, not giving a thorough review to their options. When choosing your health benefits this year, follow these tips to find the best ... Read More...

Immunizations for 30-40 Year Olds

30-40 year olds vaccinations

An immunization is the process of acquiring protection from disease. This is achieved by receiving vaccines, which provide immunity from disease. These are administered by injections, orally or by aerosol. The following immunizations should be done in the 30-40-year age range: Flu vaccination (influenza)- Annually Hemophilis ... Read More...

Top 5 Health Concerns for 30-40 Year Olds

30-40 year old health concerns

Generally speaking, when you're in your 30s-40s your body is in good health. It's important during these years to keep up with a healthy routine, including regular doctor's appointments, to stay on top of any health issues that may arise. Below are the top 5 health concerns that you should be aware of if you're in this age ... Read More...

11 Qualifying Events for Health Insurance Changes (After Open Enrollment)

qualifying events for health insurance changes

Open enrollment is the time each year consumers typically change their health benefits. But life, itself, happens outside of a 2-3 week window. Several events – both those that are anticipated and those that aren’t – can qualify you for a “change in life” status that allows you to change your health insurance. Note that many plans ... Read More...

Health Guide for 30-40 Year Olds

Health Guide For 30-40 Year Olds

Health screenings or tests find diseases before symptoms appear and enable treatment before the condition gets out of hand. This is why it is so important for checkups and preventative care. The following health guide is geared especially for those aged 30-40. The guidelines are recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force but can be ... Read More...

Affordable Care Act- One Year Later

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Fact: Forty-eight million Americans had no healthcare insurance at the end of 2012. One year after the Affordable Care Act was put in place, we need to ask whether the law is living up to it's promise of providing better access to affordable care. So where are we now? Is medical care more affordable, as well as accessible? Vitals surveyed ... Read More...

An Illustrated Guide to Your Health Insurance Bill

how to read your health plan bill

Health insurance bills have never been known for their ease or brevity. And at a time when deductibles are soaring and consumers face more out-of-pocket costs, it's important to know your financial liability. Vitals illustrated an example of the financial responsibility one faces for a procedure to make sense of how your health insurance bill ... Read More...

The Vitals Doctor Dictionary

Dictionary

This post is part of our Health Literacy Week collection. Vitals has put together articles to help you make the right decisions about your health care. With names like gastroenterologist and pulmonologist, no wonder it’s sometimes hard to tell which doctor to go to for what issue or question. Below is a listing of some common primary care ... Read More...