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Supplemental Insurance Helps Bridge the Health Insurance Coverage Gap

Supplemental Health Insurance

During the final weeks of the current open enrollment period, health insurance is at the top-of-mind for individuals of all ages. Seniors and others qualifying for Medicare benefits have been bombarded with mail and TV ads touting comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans, as well as Part D Rx plans and no-network, fee-for-service plans designed to work with traditional Medicare benefits.

What It Means to be a Runner

Marathon runners

“This year I am going to run my first full marathon." "I’m going to make sure I run every single day." "New Year, new me: Couch to 5k, here I come!” Sound like any resolutions of yours? If so, there are a couple of things you must know before you start your New Year as a runner and attempt to adopt the running lifestyle, because there is so much more to being a runner than simply running.

Mediterranean diet just might keep our DNA younger

Could a Mediterranean diet keep our DNA healthier?

We all know we're going to grow older, but doing so gracefully is a challenge. Researchers have discovered eating a Mediterranean diet could have an anti-aging effect that happens at a cellular level. In a first study, scientists have discovered something new about why eating Mediterranean foods like olives, plenty of veggies, healthy oils, nuts, seafood and lean meats just might help keep our DNA younger and healthier.

Where Should Families Start to Find Affordable Health Insurance?

Health Care

As most people in America now know, if you are 64 or younger, you are subject to the new Affordable Care Act. The marketplace can be difficult to navigate, and most folks who are not savvy about the ins and outs of these new health insurance plans or about the ACA itself may become frustrated by the plethora of information available that is not easily consolidated into an understandable format.

How to Prepare for Open Enrollment

Health insurance open enrollment

The 2015 Open Enrollment period runs from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. This time frame is your opportunity to get coverage without being charged more for a pre-existing condition, apply for tax subsidies that lower the cost of health insurance, and get guaranteed benefits like prescription drug coverage, preventive services, and emergency care. It’s the time to make sure you and your loved ones have coverage to keep you safe and healthy. Here are the steps you should take to ensure you’re prepared to get the coverage you need.

The Best Way To Spot a Health Exchange Website Glitch

Website Glitch

Before a team goes out to play a game all of the members have to show up at practice. When a player does not show up for practice it can affect the performance of the whole team. The coach expects their star players to be present and well equipped come game day. They would never think of locking them in a closet and barring them for practices until the big day arises.

To Insure or not to Insure: How does Obamacare Affect You

Obamacare Law and Individual Health Insurance

In March of 2010 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA / Obamacare) was passed and a monumental shift took place in how health insurance is bought and sold in the United States. Since its inception, there has been a contentious debate over the legality of the law and the societal implications that go with it. The PPACA has polarized our country and partisan lines have been drawn.

2014's Best and Worst States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer

lung cancer in usa

With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the disease accounting for $12.1 billion of total cancer care costs and $36.1 billion in lost productivity, according to the most recent estimates, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer.

Preventing Illness During Cold and Flu Season

Flu and Cold with Fever

Flu season is in full swing. It hits hard and fast causing body aches, fever, cough and congestion right off the bat. If you do get the flu, there are antiviral medications available that will make you feel better faster and also prevent you from spreading it to others. But they must be given no later than 48 hours after the onset of symptoms so call your doctor right away.

Millionaire Mom Sentenced in Murder of Non-Verbal Autistic Son

Autism

All of us parents of autistic children know the stresses of raising them, especially a non-verbal autistic child. I had that pleasure for half of my son’s life. He was non-verbal and extremely violent to himself and to me, he still is sometimes. Raising him during that point in time was unbearable it seemed, mostly because it’s an impossibility to get the support you need when you are in the parents shoes. The thing is, not one time did it or has it crossed my mind that the only way “out” is to murder my child [whether due to stress or unrealistic beliefs.

Health Insurance Agents Turning To Web Brokers For Assistance

Health Insurance Agent

The health insurance open enrollment period November 15th is just around the corner. Although many agents are anxious to get started many of us are not quick to forget the frustrations we faced last year. A website that did not work, not being given the tools we needed to work effectively with our clients, and not to mention slow or no commissions for many agents.

Health Insurance Commissions: Is It A Dirty Word?

Health Insurance Commissions

I was reading an article on Omaha.com entitled “Insurance Agents Feeling Left Out Of Obamacare” and ran across a statement by Richard Stark who is also an insurance agent. He stated, “They basically didn’t want to work with insurance agents because they felt agents were going to steer a customer toward (a plan) where they think they will make the most money.”

Bad Idea To Require Clients' SSN To Connect Them To Insurance Agent

Health Insurance Agents

During the last open enrollment season, while working on the healthcare exchanges, many health insurance agents experienced the frustration of having their National Producer Numbers (NPN) and Federally Facilitated Marketplace Identification Numbers (FFM ID) deleted from their clients applications.

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