Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

Identity Theft

Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

For all stripe of rip-off artist, tax season might as well be called open season. Scams are legion, and navigating a solution after the fact can be somewhere between maddening and negotiating an Iran deal that everyone likes. Last month the IRS issued a warning that received scant attention from the media, but nonetheless could… Read More

10 Ways to Fight High Medical Bills

Managing Debt

10 Ways to Fight High Medical Bills

10 Ways to Fight High Medical Bills

We may all have health insurance now, but that doesn’t make our medical bills magically disappear. No, we still have plenty to pay out-of-pocket. In recent years, employers have shifted a greater portion of health care costs to workers. The 19th annual Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health employer survey found that employees now pay for 37%… 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

You Can Finally Keep Some of Your Leftover FSA Money

Personal Finance

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

Personal Finance

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?

Personal Finance

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

Personal Finance

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

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