Tag Archives: Medicare

Uninsured in the U.S. – options to consider

What does it feel like to be uninsured in the United States? Wondering Dear Wondering, ome uninsured people barely notice that they do not have health insurance. They do not worry about needing medical care, or they figure that some government program, or a payment plan with the doctor or hospital will work out. Uninsured […]

Death panels: fictional as always

Are there death panels operating in America’s healthcare system? Wondering Dear Wondering, Death panels are a fiction created by politicians.  There is no committee that decides whether a particular patient gets a particular treatment. The fanfare arose when a new benefit was suggested for Medicare: physicians would be paid to talk with members about their […]

Obamacare: when to drop your child

When do I have to drop my child from my health plan at work? Cutting The Ties Dear Cutting The Ties, In most states and situations, your insurer will drop your child the month after he or she turns 26.  If your plan offers COBRA, then COBRA would be available.  Some states require insurers to allow […]

U.S. spends more on healthcare, no easy answer why

How is the U.S. spending so much money on healthcare when people pay for their medical bills with health insurance? Home Economist Dear Home Economist, If your question is about why the U.S. (federal) government spends so much money, then the answer is four-fold: 1) Medicare 2) Medicaid 3) Federal government employees 4) Military members and families Altogether, the federal […]