Learn What Doctor Appointments You Need to Schedule at Every Stage of Your Life

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This week we're celebrating National Women's Health Week - an observance designed to educate and bring awareness to women's health.   Women have unique health care needs and it can be confusing to know what doctor appointments they need to schedule at each stage of their lives.   Spread the word to all the women you care about ... Read More...

10 Things to Know About Skin Cancer

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When it comes to skin cancer, we know we should use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds to prevent it, but there’s a lot more to the disease than that. Here are 10 things everyone should know about skin cancer. In the United States, 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. There are more new cases of skin ... Read More...

7 Facts to Know About Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes (formerly adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes) is a chronic disease in which your body is unable to maintain a normal blood sugar (glucose) level. Abnormally high or low levels of glucose— which is your body’s “fuel” or energy source— is a potentially serious threat to your health. If you have recently been ... Read More...

How do you shop for health care?

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Think about when you shop for a product or service - whether it is produce from your supermarket or a mechanic to repair your car - you likely compare prices and quality. You use the tools you know will help you be a savvy, smart shopper. What about your health care? Price differences can apply to health care costs even within our own community. ... Read More...

Stroke Under 40

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Guest post by Maureen Faille For as long as I can remember, I always dealt with headaches and migraines.  Cold towels, dark rooms, warm baths and trips to the doctor’s office and emergency room became second nature to me. At one doctor’s visit, I found out that I have an irregular heartbeat also known as atrial fibrillation. I didn’t ... Read More...

Flu Vaccine Options: Shot, Spray or Jet-Injection

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Flu season is here, and it’s time to make plans for your family to get vaccinated. However, getting a flu shot with a needle is not your only option when it comes to getting the flu vaccine this winter. The vaccine can be administered by other methods, depending on your age and health, which is especially good news for the millions of people who ... Read More...

6 Surprising and Weird Insurance Policies

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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...

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

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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...

An Illustrated Guide to Your Health Insurance Bill

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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...

Where is America’s best access to breast cancer care?

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Diagnosis and treatment are crucial to breast cancer survival. But access to the best diagnosticians and specialists isn’t equal across our nation. Luckily, access to preventative screenings is increasing under the Affordable Care Act. Health plans must cover mammograms for women 40 and over, as well as those who are high-risk. Despite that, ... Read More...