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You Could Be Denied Pre-Existing Condition Coverage by Employer Health Plans if the ACA Is Repealed 

I wrote earlier this week about how people in the individual market with pre-existing conditions could lose their health insurance coverage if a judge rules in favor of the 20 states suing over constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. But I missed an important point in that story: It’s not just people in the…Read more… […]

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Reminder: You Can Buy Sunscreen and SPF Moisturizer With Your FSA/HSA Money

It’s 90 degrees in New York, which means people are finally shedding their parkas and drab black winter clothing for slightly-less drab black summer clothing. And with the removal of layers comes an annual reminder to slather on some sunscreen before you head out the door.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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A Glimpse Into the Bureaucratic Hell of Denying Health Insurance Claims

Over the last few months, the Trump administration has begun to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, offering short-term private insurance as an alternative. We thought we’d check in with some people who worked in the industry before rules around pre-existing conditions and mental health parity were enacted: people…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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These Should Be the Next Scandinavian Buzzwords

Once you’ve mastered hygge, the Danish concept of coziness, there are plenty more northern European ideas to explore. Swedish lagom can help you balance your life; Niksen is a Dutch relative of mindfulness. But these countries have some ideas that are even more life-changing, and perhaps they should get their turn as…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Get Last Minute Health Insurance With These Extensions to ACA Open Enrollment

The deadline to buy insurance from healthcare.gov has passed, but millions of Americans qualify for extensions to buy insurance now. Some states set their own deadlines for January, and there are special provisions for people affected by this year’s hurricanes.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What You Need to Know About the CDC’s ‘Banned’ Words

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that CDC officials told staff to keep seven terms out of budget documents: fetus, diversity, transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based, and evidence-based. These words are matter-of-fact to most scientists, but to politicians, they are political.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Prescription Drugs Are Sometimes Cheaper If You Don’t Use Your Insurance

Prescription drug prices are so opaque, volatile, and all-around messed up that sometimes you can get a better deal by just pretending you don’t even have insurance. A ProPublica report says this may be the case up to 10 percent of the time.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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PSA: Sign Up for Health Insurance Now

The open enrollment period on healthcare.gov ends December 15, and the current administration is hoping you forget all about it. And yes, the Affordable Care Act is still fully in effect, so take advantage while it lasts. Here’s what you need to know if you’ve been stalling:Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Senate’s New Tax Bill Could Raise Your Health Insurance Premiums, Again

The latest tax bill being proposed by GOP senators contains a teensy detail that would repeal part of the Affordable Care Act. That’s right, just after we thought Trumpcare was dead for good (we never really thought that, though, right?) here comes a smaller, sneaky version.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Religious Employers May Not Be Able to Take Away Your Birth Control After All

Back in October when the president signed an executive order about birth control coverage, we thought—and he probably thought—that it would allow religious employers to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees. Notre Dame thought that too. But it appears all of us were wrong.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Health Insurance Suddenly Just Got Cheaper for a Lot of People

2017 is a strange year to buy health insurance. Some weird and bad things have happened, and it seems like we should expect insurance plans to become more expensive. But it turns out that a lot of people may now be able to get cheaper insurance, and for an odd reason.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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