Category Archives: Uninsured

Employer missed health insurance payments – what to do

I just found out that my employer has not been paying for my health insurance for the past seven months.  Should I try to get the $1,400 they “saved” or just be glad that they put me back on the plan? Unpleasantly Surprised Dear Unpleasantly Surprised, If you think this was a simple clerical error, […]

College requires more health insurance than Obamacare

My girlfriend’s university plan requires a $2,000 out of pocket maximum, and strict limits on how high the deductible can be. These limits are written for individual plans, but she can be covered on her family’s insurance through work. There’s no plan in the state her parents work in that satisfies the school’s requirements (even […]

Affordable Care Act: when the individual mandate does not apply

I lost my job in January, got evicted from my apartment in February, and have been couch surfing ever since. With all of that going on, I have paid no attention to my health insurance. I couldn’t have afforded anything anyway. I’m hoping to get a job with benefits soon, but who knows how long […]

Obamacare: on the edge between private plan and Medicaid

I live in California, am single, and have no children.  I can only find part-time work, and make about $13,000 a year.  Someone told me that if I could get my income higher, I could get regular health insurance instead of being put on Medicaid.  Regular insurance sounds a lot better.  I hear that almost […]

Obamacare: have to sign up for plan before coverage starts

When doctors provide free health care to patients who cannot afford to pay and do not have insurance, should the healthcare provider require that the patient sign up for ACA insurance (or Medicare/Medicaid) within X days in lieu of a bill? Inquisitive in Indiana Dear Inquisitive in Indiana, Almost no health insurer will sell a […]

Obamacare: it’s still legal to have no health insurance

When will it be illegal to have no health insurance?  Legal Beagle Dear Legal Beagle, Never.  It will always be legal to go uninsured, but starting January 1, 2014, some people who go without health insurance will have to pay a tax penalty. In order to be hit with the penalty, you must Be a […]

Coverage for mentally ill 21-year-old

My stepson is 21 years old.  He is unemployed and has schizoid-affective disorder.  His mother told him that his father (my husband) is required to put him on health insurance or pay the penalty.  I told him that we can put him on our insurance because he is under 26 but it would be wiser […]

Obamacare: not all plans meet the standards, may be cheaper

Suppose my wife and I are both 40 years old and in good health. We want to buy a catastrophic health insurance plan, and we are willing to pay the penalty for not following the ObamaCare individual mandate. Is there a plan available? Wants Reasonable Insurance Dear Wants Reasonable Insurance,  Whether a “non-qualified” health plan […]