Open Enrollment Has Started, and My Options Are Worse This Year

I’m paying $2,948.28 over the course of the year for the privilege of only having to pay $6,100 towards any medical costs.

When Harvard Met Obamacare: A Reverse Rom-Com

Professors throughout Cambridge are outraged that the health care reform reform many of them helped champion means that, though more people will be served and protected, they might also experience slight increases in cost.

A Good Time To Be Diagnosed With MS

from “Walking Scarred“, Natasha Gardner’s beautiful essay about living with multiple sclerosis at 5280 Magazine, where she is an editor. The money part is not the most interesting part, but all of the rest of it make the money stuff that much more profound.

The ACA and My Obstetrician and Me

So as previously mentioned I am growing increasingly pregnant with each passing day, and today I had an appointment with my OB-GYN. On the agenda for this morning was first to chug 10 oz. of a drink called Glucola™, which is basically like drinking flat orange drink except twice as sugary (Um, I was kind of into it) that does weird things to your blood sugar and screens you for gestational diabetes. Second on the agenda, aside from peeing in a cup, getting my blood pressure taken, and hearing baby’s heartbeat, was for me to corner my OB and try to get her to give me an honest answer about her practice’s plans to drop my newly begotten insurance plan.

Dying of Treatable Diseases in Texas

St. Vincent’s ends up with the uninsured patients that a nearby hospital is legally required to stabilize but not treat. Many of these patients fall into the Medicaid coverage gap, a gap that is a million Texans strong and won’t be closing with the Affordable Care Act.

Farewell, Terrible Health Insurance

I got a letter in the mail from Blue Cross Blue Shield over the weekend that my $184/mo calamity health insurance (EmpireBlue Hospital Plus, to be exact) will no longer be offered in the new year.

I was initially disappointed to lose my sad compromise between paying $761/month for COBRA and going without the way I did when I was 22 (and 23, and 24), but I am taking its new prohibition under the Affordable Care Act as a sign that it is a complete rip-off. Mother Jones confirms my suspicions

Earning Too Much for Medicaid But Not Enough for Health Exchange Subsidies

A story on the homepage of the Times this morning is looking at how millions of poor people will be unable to afford insurance in states that have declined to participate in the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Are You Getting a Health Insurance Premium Rebate?

It looks like I’ll be getting some money back, and I’m curious to know if others have been receiving letters as well.

You Might Be Getting Money Back from Your Health Insurance Company

Starting in 2011, The Affordable Care Act (I’m calling it that, and not Obamacare) required health insurance companies to spend at least 80 to 85 percent of health insurance premium dollars on actual medical care, and not on administrative costs, like salaries.