What Are Potential Drawbacks of a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)?

One significant downside to a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) is that you’re responsible for paying everything out-of-pocket until you reach your deductible (which typically ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 on these plans). You’ll pay 100 percent of the cost of prescriptions, doctor visits and emergency room visits. You’ll also pay for the cost of surgeries and out-patient […]

What is a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)?

A high-deductible health insurance plan can provide affordable coverage for unexpected major health and medical expenses. Essentially a form of catastrophic insurance, these plans charge a high annual deductible – from $1,000 to $5,000 and higher – in exchange for lower monthly premiums. You’ll have to pay out-of-pocket costs for routine doctor’s office visits or trips to the […]

Who Should Consider a High-Deductible Health Insurance Plan?

If you’re healthy and have some money in the bank, you might want to consider a high-deductible health insurance plan. The plans offer cost savings over plans because of the high deductible, and they protect you from catastrophic health events. If you’re in good health, rarely need prescription drugs, don’t have a pre-existing condition and don’t intend […]

Can I Get Health Coverage for a Child with a Pre-Existing Condition?

There’s good news for children with pre-existing conditions who are below the age of 19. Under the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, they can’t be denied coverage under group plans and most individual family or child-only policies. This applies even if your child has a potentially life-threatening medical condition like asthma or diabetes. This rule applies to all […]

How Can I Get Health Insurance Coverage if I Have a Pre-existing Condition?

If you have a pre-existing medical condition and are shopping for health insurance, expect special treatment. How special? Well, kind of like a felon carrying the Ebola virus. You may as well stick a “kick-me” sign on your back. You’ll either be denied coverage, charged extra for premiums and out-of-pocket costs, or you might just have […]

What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and What Will it do?

An accountable care organization (ACO) is a new health care delivery model envisioned by theAffordable Care Act (ACA) in which a group of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers work together to coordinate care for people enrolled in Original Medicare. Many Medicare beneficiaries have several chronic conditions and see several different doctors. As often as not, the doctors don’t […]

What’s the Difference Between Brand Name and Generic Drugs?

You probably know that generic drugs are a lot cheaper than brand name drugs, but you may wonder why. Are they lower quality? Less effective? The FDA requires that a generic drug have the same active ingredient, quality and strength as the brand-name equivalent. The cost difference between brands and generics comes from the cost […]

What is a Specialty Drug?

Specialty drugs are high-cost prescription medications used to treat complex, chronic conditions like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Specialty drugs often require special handling (like refrigeration during shipping) and administration (such as injection or infusion). Patients using a specialty drug often must be monitored closely to determine if the therapy is working and to […]