10 Essential Tips for Navigating Obamacare

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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

You Can Finally Keep Some of Your Leftover FSA Money

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You Can Finally Keep Some of Your Leftover FSA Money

You Can Finally Keep Some of Your Leftover FSA Money

After 30 years, the Treasury Department is losing its “use it or lose it” policy regarding health flexible spending accounts. “To make health FSAs more consumer-friendly and provide added flexibility, the updated guidance permits employers to allow plan participants to carry over up to $500 of their unused health FSA balances remaining at the end of… Read More

A Surprise Pregnancy Got My Finances on Track

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A Surprise Pregnancy Got My Finances on Track

A Surprise Pregnancy Got My Finances on Track

Logan Sachon: Tracy Moore, your book (Oops! How to Rock the Mother of All Surprises) is a how-to guide basically, to having a baby, written for people who had not planned on having a baby. And you do talk about your experience in it, but could you briefly explain where you were in your life… Read More

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

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Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

How does a 5-mile ride turn into an $800 bill? Last week, we told the story of Jim Mathes, who was angry about the bill he received after he took a short ride to the hospital, the first installment of our new Consumer Rage series. Readers raged, too, both for and against the ambulance industry… Read More

Consumer Rage: The $798 Ambulance Ride

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Consumer Rage: The $798 Ambulance Ride

Consumer Rage: The $798 Ambulance Ride

Jim Mathes took one bad step out of his apartment in early September and wrenched his back. The pain was so intense he had to crawl back inside on all fours. He needed medical care, but there was no chance he could get himself down three flights of stairs to his car. So he did… Read More

Study: Most Choose Pricier Health Plans Than Needed

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Study: Most Choose Pricier Health Plans Than Needed

Study: Most Choose Pricier Health Plans Than Needed

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 20 million Americans will choose health coverage on the insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. Those marketplaces opened Oct. 1, and while technical difficulties have been an obstacle so far, there’s also concern about consumers’ ability to choose a cost-effective insurance plan. A study from Columbia Business… Read More

Medical Debt Gets New Focus in Congress

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Medical Debt Gets New Focus in Congress

Medical Debt Gets New Focus in Congress

There has been a lot of focus from lawmakers in recent months on the ways in which medical debts can severely impact consumers’ finances for years. Now, more are moving to do something to help these Americans who typically had no way of planning for these massive balances. A new bipartisan bill, known as the Accuracy in… Read More

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