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?

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...

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

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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...

3 Technologies You Need to Navigate The New Health Care Economy

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Are you ready to shop … for your health care? The health care industry is moving toward a consumer retail model in which people can shop for care much as they shop for other goods and services. The changing market is due in part to rising costs – the burden of which have shifted from employers to employees. Increasingly, consumers are ... Read More...

Where are all the health care shoppers?

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When making a big purchase, most of us shop around. It just makes good financial sense when you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars. Yet, the lack of accessible cost data in health care makes it nearly impossible for consumers to be knowledgeable health care shoppers when it comes to medical treatment and procedures. There’s reason for ... Read More...

Do I Need a Patient Advocate?

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A patient advocate is someone who works for the benefit of patients and their families during medical crises or hospitalization. With so many visits to specialists when a medical problem arises, an advocate can “connect the dots” and speak to all the physicians to make sure everyone is up to date with the patient so nothing falls through ... Read More...

Americans Receive A Failing Grade When It Comes to Their Medical IQ

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Our health is personal. But when it comes to navigating the system that cares for us, many Americans aren’t making the grade. Our latest survey reveals that while two-thirds of people perceive themselves to be a savvy health care consumer, many don’t know how to find quality care at a good value. View the finding below and then read the ... Read More...