Category Archives: Individual

ACA — good for moms and families? It depends

Is the Affordable Care Act good for moms and families? Bottom Line Gal Dear Bottom Line Gal, It depends upon a lot of factors, whether the ACA is good for a particular mother and her children.  And it depends upon what you mean by “good”. A mother whose job does not offer health insurance would […]

Employer cannot buy exchange plan for workers

Is it legal for an employer to buy health insurance for one employee and not for everyone else?  I think the company owner is doing this for the star salesperson.  The rest of us get nothing. Miffed Dear Miffed, There are federal rules that require an employer to treat all employees who are similar (i.e. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Advice on health insurance options – go to a broker

I need some advice on health insurance. I am trying to find good health coverage, company and deductibles, copays and all I get is confused on understanding it.  I must find a good plan for two adults and one five year old. Seeker Dear Seeker, There are plenty of sources of information about your health […]