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Health Care Reform – Women’s Preventive Care

Author: Kelley Filice Jensen

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as Health Care Reform, otherwise known as Obamacare, requires health plans to cover certain preventive care services for women without any cost sharing.   Thus, there are certain services provided by your doctor that you do not have to pay for if you have a health insurance plan, even if you have a copay’s, deductibles, or coinsurance.

When Does This Take Effect?

The additional preventive care guidelines for women take effect for plan years beginning on or after Aug. 1, 2012. If your plan operates on a calendar year basis, the new rules will be effective on Jan. 1, 2013.

Shopping for Health Insurance, 10 Questions You Need to Answer – Update

Author: Kelley Filice Jensen

Obamacare, affordable care act, health insurance reform, Supreme Court, individual mandates, health care exchanges:  health care sure has been in the news, and it can be very confusing!  But, whether you have health insurance through your work or not, all this talk about health insurance begs the question:  what type of health insurance do I need?  Where to start?  What are my options?  Here are 10 questions you need to answer when shopping for health insurance or reviewing your health insurance coverage:

1)    Relationship status:  single, married, family?  Has your status changed?  Are you going through a divorce?

What is Preventive Medicine for Men?

Men never seem to go to the doctor, but it is not because they should not go.  Preventive medicine, preventive screenings, preventive health applies to men as much as women.  Where does a man start?  He starts with his doctor, and regular checks of his health for those little problems that can develop into severe disease or debilitation later, if left unchecked.  Here is a list of necessary preventive screenings for men.

And, also get some tips on preventing medication errors.

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What is Preventive Medicine for Women?

There is a saying in medicine, adopted from Benjamin Franklin, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  Deep thought is not required to interpret this famous quote.  You can ask yourself a simple question, a million different ways, and understand the meaning and importance of it.  Would you rather have one cavity or ten cavities?  Would you rather take blood pressure medicine or have a stroke?  Heart attack or Lipitor?  It goes on and on, but the point is always the same: catch a little problem before it becomes a big problem.  That is the idea behind preventive medicine, preventive screenings, and preventive health.

How to Prevent Medication Errors

From the period December 1, 2011 until February 20, 2012, a CVS pharmacy in New Jersey mistakenly gave children prescription medication for breast cancer instead of the correct fluoride medication, as prescribed by their doctor.  That is no laughing matter, and not necessarily an isolated incident.   At least one death occurs every day and 1.3 million people are injured annually due to medication errors in the United States, according to the FDA.  Learn some easy, practical ways to prevent errors for yourself and loved ones.  And, also get some tips for saving money on prescription medication.

Tips for Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

It used to be fun to go to the drug store to have a prescription filled.  While waiting for the pharmacist to fill the prescription, you could browse the aisles of the store and pick up all sorts of things:  a treat for the kids, a get well card for your aunt, gum for your car, new lip balm….the possibilities were endless.  Now, the magic is gone because when the pharmacist rings up your prescription, the staggering cost leaves no extra money for extra dental floss, magazines or an extra set of nail clippers.  Here are some tips to save money on those prescription drugs sometimes as much as 90%!

Prescription Drugs, age 65 and Medicare Part D

At age 65, many people find themselves using prescription drugs to maintain their health and well being.  But, as we approach 65 and become eligible for medicare, our resources and methods of paying for prescription drugs change.  Here are some common questions about Medicare Part D, as well as information about medicare supplemental insurance.  Do you need medicare explained?

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How will my Rx coverage change when I turn 65?

Heart Attack Brought to Women by Elizabeth Banks

February is the month that the American Heart Association challenges us to take better care of our hearts and wear red to remind each other that heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Elizabeth Banks manages to inject humor into a very serious subject, and teaches us all the signs of a heart attack. 

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