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Jeanne Pinder

Contributor |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of clearhealthcosts.com, bringing transparency to the health-care marketplace by telling people what stuff costs. A former New York Times editor and reporter, she loves finding things out and telling people.

When Health Insurance Doesn’t Save You Much Money

Managing Debt

When Health Insurance Doesn’t Save You Much Money

When Health Insurance Doesn’t Save You Much Money

Q: How much does gallbladder surgery cost? A: Anywhere from $5,865 to $94,897. Here’s another one: How can a person with good insurance wind up paying $6,104.64 for gallbladder surgery? Well, it’s not hard. We set out on this quest after hearing from Justin Evans, of Bonney Lake, Wash., who has pretty good employer-sponsored insurance,… Read More

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

Personal Finance

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

New year, new insurance plan! As of Jan. 1, many people suddenly are in possession of a high-deductible insurance plan. This may sound scary (High deductible! Reach for your wallet!), but it doesn’t have to be. We’re going to give you seven helpful hints on how to deal. First, the landscape: For many of us,… Read More

The Zig-Zag Pricing of Prescription Drugs

Personal Finance

The Zig-Zag Pricing of Prescription Drugs

The Zig-Zag Pricing of Prescription Drugs

The medication Irbesartan tends to be a low-cost solution for high blood pressure. But recently, the price skyrocketed — but only in the 150 milligram dose, and only (according to our quick review of prices) at Costco. First, let’s repeat the mantra of every cost-conscious patient: in the healthcare marketplace, you should get used to… Read More

4 Ways to Save on Healthcare Costs

Personal Finance

4 Ways to Save on Healthcare Costs

4 Ways to Save on Healthcare Costs

Once upon a time, many of us had a health insurance plan that gave us most of what we needed for a $10 or $20 co-pay. That’s no longer true: many of us now are on insurance plans with a high deductible, a high co-pay, out of network, out of pocket — or paying a… Read More

10 Essential Tips for Navigating Obamacare

Personal Finance

10 Essential Tips for Navigating Obamacare

10 Essential Tips for Navigating Obamacare

If you’re shopping for health insurance and your state built its own exchange, you might be very happy (Kentucky and New York, generally) or sort of happy (Oregon, where paper forms are now being used). If your state left the job to the feds – meaning you are consigned to healthcare.gov with its tech problems… Read More

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