All posts by Linda Riddell

Linda Riddell

About Linda Riddell

A published author and health policy analyst with 25 years’ experience, Linda Riddell's goal is to alleviate the widespread ailment of not knowing what your health plan can do for you.

Obamacare: no reasonable way to estimate saved or lost lives

Has anyone estimated the lives saved or lost under the Affordable Care Act relative to the healthcare situation before it was passed? Lives could be saved due to the increased number of Americans covered, the increased quality of the plans, or coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Lives could be lost due to negative changes […]

Obamacare: husband turns 65, leaving wife on exchange plan

My husband and I are currently purchasing a plan through the Individual Marketplace. My husband turns 65 next month, and I turn 61 next month. Will I be able to keep our current plan with subsidies while my husband enrolls in Medicare? What are our options? Sofia in California Dear Sofia, When your husband enrolls […]

Health coverage different for employee than for dependent

Is anyone else aware that the benefits of a health plan can be different for the enrolled employee versus the dependent?  How is this even legal in any state?  And disclosure is not required either.  This was a work-related injury. Fuming and Hurt Dear Fuming and Hurt, I  think what you have found is that […]

Affordable Care Act: COBRA on offer, can still go to exchange

I just lost my health insurance through my employer, who is now offering me COBRA.  Does this disqualify me for subsidies through the insurance marketplace? In Limbo Dear In Limbo, You will still qualify for subsidized health insurance from the exchange, while your COBRA offer is still on the table (i.e. for the 18 months).  […]

Obamacare: did not change Medigap plans

I have a friend whose husband is dying.  He is getting a lot of medical care, including stuff that Medicare does not cover.  It’s costing them a lot of money.  They are both in their 70′s, retired to New Mexico, and never bought a Medicare supplemental plan.  Can they buy one now?  And would his […]

Affordable Care Act: after retirement, when to go to the exchange

I am a 63 year old female and live in Indiana.  If my husband retires from employment on August 1,2014 and employer health Insurance is given for 18 weeks, when will I be able to apply to the marketplace for insurance for coverage?  Would I apply for December 1,2014 for myself only? He has VA […]

Health Savings Account plans: not a bargain?

I’ve looked at Health Savings Account plans, and they seem to come with higher premiums than I would have expected.  Shouldn’t these plans be really cheap, since they have such a high deductible? Penny Watcher Dear Penny Watcher, The Health Savings Account should, in theory anyway, have lower premiums.  The HSA plan should definitely cost […]

Obamacare: can specialists refuse to treat me?

Do uniquely qualified specialists have the right to refuse to treat a patient who has name brand private sector insurance, just because the policy was purchased on the health insurance exchange? Special Case Dear Special Case, If the specialist accepts patients with insurance from that insurer, he or she would not be able to reject […]