Stroke Under 40

Maureen

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)

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...

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...

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

Access to Breast Cancer Care

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...

Best and Worst Cities for Pediatric Care

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Vitals knows that care across our great country isn't always equal. We wanted to find out, though, how that disparity plays out when it comes to one of our most precious populations - our children. In our first ever America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, Vitals analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city on a ... Read More...

City Rankings for Access to Pediatric Care

When kids are sick, parents want quality care quick. Vitals looked at the 200 largest cities in the country to find out how smaller metropolises fared compared to their larger counterparts when it comes to pediatric care. The study, America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city ... Read More...

Evolution of the Health Care Consumer

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Do you simply follow doctor's orders or are you engaged in your health? As wearable technology becomes mainstream and doctor interactions become harder to schedule and more expensive, consumers are developing a proactive approach to get top care at the best price. Vitals defines the spectrum of patient involvement and shares tips on how to become a ... Read More...

Consumer Advocacy: Coming to Health Care

Mitch Rothschild healthcare consumer advocacy

In 2011, Apple was forced to improve its oversight of labor practices in China after a 15-year-old girl fatally collapsed – and consumers balked. More recently, a social media campaign enlisted millions and took aim at Subway, forcing the company to stop using azodiacarbonamide, a chemical that improves the elasticity of bread – and yoga ... Read More...