Health Insurance


Thu August 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

Feds Say 'Unbanked' Can Buy Insurance With Prepaid Debit Cards

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:26 pm

Insurance? Let's just run your card.

The Obama administration said Wednesday that it is moving ahead with a rule that would requiring health plans to accommodate households that don't have traditional bank accounts.

One in four of the uninsured people eligible for federal insurance subsidies doesn't have a bank account, according to a report released earlier this year by the tax preparation firm Jackson Hewitt. The report dubbed people without connections to traditional financial institutions the "unbanked."

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Tue August 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Health Insurance Exchanges Prompt Consumers' Questions

Hey, we got some more questions about the health insurance exchanges.

With the opening of online health insurance marketplaces a little over a month away, I've been receiving lots of questions about how they'll work.

Here's one that deals with the issue of getting the subsidy payments out quickly for consumers.

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Tue August 27, 2013

New Online Tool Helps Uninsured Navigate Health Care System

Screencap of the Blue Guide online.
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

As thousands of Coloradans prepare to sign up for healthcare coverage using the state’s new insurance marketplace, one organization is rolling out a new high-tech tool to help them navigate the new system.

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Thu August 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Say What? Jargon Busters Tackle Health Insurance

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:12 am

Good luck getting there!

Scared you'll have no idea how to choose the best health plan come fall? Dr. Ruth Parker feels your pain, and she offers a handy solution that may help.

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Tue August 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

More Options This Fall For Some Small-Business Workers

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 11:58 am

NPR Staff

Workers at small companies are generally starved for choice when it comes to health insurance.

If their employers offer health coverage at all — and only about a third of companies with fewer than 50 workers do — chances are there will be just one plan on the menu.

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