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Category Archives: Health Care Reform

How to choose between a PPO and HMO health plan

PPO, HMO, POS, EPO… SOS! Understanding health insurance terminology, abbreviations, and deadlines can be overwhelming when trying to choose a health insurance plan. Understanding the details, however, can save you time, money, and stress. Below, we discuss the differences between the two most popular types of health plans: Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Health Maintenance […]

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How to save money at the doctor’s office or in a hospital

by Brooke Jarchow If you’ve ever been hit with unexpected medical bills after visiting your doctor or a hospital, this article is for you. When seeing a doctor, you are likely being billed for each visit or procedure, which can add up quickly. However, it’s important to remember that you are the consumer and you […]

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How an Obamacare repeal could affect employer-based coverage

by Brooke Jarchow Two weeks ago, Republicans unveiled their first draft of a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, called American Health Care Act.  While there is still no confirmation of how much the replacement plan could cost, its proposed changes could leave millions without health insurance. Those who get health insurance through the open […]

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Top unanswered questions regarding an Obamacare repeal

by Brooke Jarchow Uncertainty continues to linger over the Trump administration’s notion to repeal and replace Obamacare. President Trump, newly-confirmed health secretary Tom Price, and others are still divided when it comes to how to pay for a replacement plan, how much of Obamacare to repeal, and other important details. It’s clear that before moving forward […]

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The majority of physicians support the Affordable Care Act

by Brooke Jarchow With over 20 million people at risk to lose health insurance coverage should the Affordable Care Act be repealed by the Trump administration, we turn to primary care physicians to hear their views on the Affordable Care Act and the potential repeal of the law. The views of primary care physicians are […]

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Obamacare and mental health coverage share an uncertain future

by Brooke Jarchow Tomorrow, President-elect Donald Trump will take office as the next President of the United States. The President-elect made a list of promises for his first 100 days in office, including a promise to “immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare“. Despite revealing few details of a replacement plan so far, Trump has also […]

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How Trump could affect Obamacare’s birth control provision

by Brooke Jarchow Throughout his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The health law, along with government regulations, requires insurers to cover birth control at no additional costs to insured women. In 2012, 15 percent of American women were getting free contraception; in 2015, it was 67 percent. […]

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What we know so far about Trump, Republicans, and the future of Obamacare

by Lauren Mandel Over the past year – and now, over the past few days – President-elect Donald Trump has made his intentions concerning Obamacare relatively clear. However, the Republicans do not hold the necessary 60 seats in the Senate for a full repeal of the health law, so while that is unlikely, changes are sure to […]

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Review Obamacare metal levels to understand your plan costs

by Lauren Mandel and Adam Tock Now that Open Enrollment is in full swing, you may have started browsing for health plans. Have you noticed metals – like Silver and Bronze – next to the plan options? There’s an important reason for this. While these metal levels have little to do with the quality of […]

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How to save more money and get better Obamacare benefits

by Lauren Mandel Open Enrollment for individual health insurance officially begins today, and while you may think you’re set with your current health plan, we’re here to tell you why it’s important to actively return to shop this year. We’re now in the fourth year of Open Enrollment, and like any other new law or policy implementation, […]

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