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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.

Medicare covers wheelchairs; you pay 20%

What is it like to have Medicare as your primary insurance, in particular for durable medical equipment, such as prostheses or wheelchairs? Shifting Forward Dear Shifting Forward, Medicare Part B does cover durable medical equipment, including prostheses and wheelchairs.  See Medicare.gov’s list.  “Part B” is Medicare’s coverage for physician services and other out-of-hospital items.  It […]

Affordable Care Act: made one change to flexible spending accounts

How does the Affordable Care Act affect my flexible spending account? Healthy Planner Dear Healthy Planner, Short answer: not much.  Under the Affordable Care Act, medical flexible spending accounts (also known as reimbursement accounts) continue to operate as they have in the past but the maximum annual benefit is capped at $2,500. The services and […]

Find out whether local hospital is in network

How do I know whether care from my local hospital will be covered by my health insurance plan?  I got my plan from the exchange and am having a hard time figuring out what is what. Puzzled Dear Puzzled, Your best bet is to ask the insurance plan directly.  You can call them; there should […]