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How to stick to your New Year’s healthcare resolutions

It’s that time of the year when we enthusiastically set New Year’s healthcare resolutions which is followed rather quickly by that time of the year when we abandon those same resolutions. How can you make this year the year you finally accomplish your goals? Here are three well-tested tips endorsed by psychologists. Shatter your goals into pieces Andrea Bonoir, Ph.D., suggests making goals that span a shorter period of time than an entire year. For example, resolve that this week you’ll [...]

Don’t wait—procrastination is dangerous to your health

Perhaps, you’ve considered procrastination to be little more than a harmless, if not irritating behavioral trait of you or someone close to you, but research shows that it can contribute toward developing health issues, and make existing health problems even worse. Procrastination now and later Studies show that procrastination works in two primary ways against our health—directly and indirectly. Directly, it puts the body under stress that can create negative results that we immediately feel such as a racing heartbeat. In [...]

The verdict is in: Obamacare is a success

There’s now enough evidence for world famous Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman to publicly label Obamacare a success. The program, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, has not only significantly increased the number of Americans who have healthcare coverage but has done so while costing less than expected. The key to Obamacare’s success Obamacare has been able to bolster healthcare enrollment by expanding Medicaid for low-income Americans, and by making policies sold by private insurers affordable for everyone else by [...]

How to save money on health insurance with Obamacare

The primary purpose of affordable healthcare, also known as Obamacare, is to provide health insurance at prices available to most Americans who previously couldn’t afford coverage. Therefore, it only makes sense to choose the plan that will save you the most money. Let’s examine two basic strategies. Save money upfront To save money upfront means selecting a plan that has a low monthly premium. Don’t assume your old plan or the first inexpensive plan you see is the cheapest. Shop and [...]

Health insurance for medical care in a mobile world

Today’s consumer is used to having options. Not only are there options for obtaining affordable healthcare, but once healthcare has been obtained there are options for how to receive the actual medical treatment. Gone are the days when a patient’s only choice was to wait in the doctor’s office. Give the consumers what they want The general manager of a healthcare risk management company said, “Healthcare providers have shifted their focus to meeting consumers where they are and delivering the information [...]

Over half a million enroll in Obamacare in one week

The federal government released figures showing that 543,098 people signed up for Obamacare health insurance plans during the first week of the 2016 open enrollment period that began November 1, 2015. Federal versus state That number represents only those who used the federal marketplace that covers 38 states. The remaining 12 states and the District of Columbia operate their own health insurance marketplaces. The numbers of enrollees for those markets were not released. At the federal site two-thirds of the enrollees were [...]

Sign up for Obamacare and start to reap the benefits

In the market for health insurance? With open enrollment for Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, now underway, it’s time to choose a plan that’s right for you. There are several notable benefits to enjoy. Shop around Online health marketplaces allow you to easily compare health insurance plans so that you can choose the one that will work best for you. The marketplaces also make it possible for you to apply for assistance such as tax credit to limit your out-of-pocket [...]

For women, there are plenty of advantages to Obamacare

Dr. Nancy Lee, the deputy assistant secretary of Health and Human Services and the director of the Office on Women’s Health, considers the Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, as “the most important advance in women’s health” in her lifetime. Dr. Lee explained that women have historically been underinsured because so many relied upon their husband’s insurance provided by his employer. Unemployment, divorce or death of the husband left women dangerously exposed. No gender discrimination Under Obamacare a woman can shop [...]

Obamacare saves Alabama family farm

When accidents befall us health insurance, can mean far more than we ever thought possible. Just ask Hank Adcock, a 62-year-old farmer in Nectar, Alabama. Adcock was working alone on his struggling third-generation farm when his hands were caught in a dangerous hay baler. The baler cut and crushed, amputating fingers and destroying muscle and bones. Sow with Obamacare, reap rich rewards The hospital bill amounted to $63,000, far more than Adcock and his wife could have afforded. Fortunately, last year they [...]

Why health insurance matters in light of recent WHO red-meat report

Health insurance offers a little extra protection against life’s uncertainties. For example, one day you’re enjoying your favorite meal, and the next day you learn that it’s been linked to health problems. The meat of the problem Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) grabbed headlines with its report linking processed meats, such as bacon and hot dogs, along with red meat to an increase in the risk of developing colon cancer. The committee’s working definition of processed meat was meat “transformed [...]