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Health Insurance: Your Questions Answered

10/16/2014 | Community

The Affordable Care Act went into effect in March 2010. Since then, there have been sweeping health insurance changes across the nation, leaving many people with questions about their health plans. Some people have lost their former health plans; some people’s plans have undergone changes; and some people have been able to purchase completely new plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the open enrollment period. Perhaps you have been placed in a similar situation with your…

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What to Do If You Don’t Have Health Insurance

10/15/2014 | Community

There are many reasons someone might not have health insurance, but without it, medical care is very expensive. If you don’t have health insurance, you may avoid seeing a doctor for minor medical problems that could become more serious later. That’s why health insurance is so important for your physical and financial health. The Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act has changed the American system of healthcare and health insurance. If you don't have coverage, you may face a…

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Your Most Common Hospital Billing Questions Answered

10/14/2014 | Community

After reviewing your medical bill, you may find yourself stumped by several questions. From figuring out your payment options to understanding insurance coverage, the amount of information provided can be overwhelming. To help provide clarity, we’ve gathered a few of our patients’ most common questions and provided answers below. Check out these FAQs for some assistance with your bill. We know that trying to understand your hospital bill can be overwhelming – that’s why we’re…

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Five Questions to Ask Before Open Enrollment

10/10/2014 | Community

Fall is a common time of the year for open enrollment in health insurance coverage. Choosing coverage is an important decision that can have lasting consequences for your physical and financial health. Here are five questions to ask before open enrollment: Is the plan I have currently the best possible plan for my family? Many people choose the plan that has the lowest premium, but that isn’t always the best option. Think about whether you want to re-enroll in your current plan or look for…

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How to Break Up With Your Primary Care Physician and Find a New One

10/10/2014 | Community

Breaking up is hard to do, or so the saying goes. This may be especially true when you need to sever your relationship with your primary care physician. It’s time to find a new doctor if: You have a hard time getting an appointment, or have to wait months to get on the schedule Your time with the doctor feels rushed You don’t feel like all your questions are being answered Your insurance changes and no longer covers the provider You simply don’t have a connection with the doctor…

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How the Affordable Care Act Affects Your Healthcare

10/07/2014 | Community

With all of your daily responsibilities, it can be difficult to remember to take care of yourself the way you deserve. Maybe you take some much-needed alone time to read a book, watch your favorite television show or sip a cup of coffee while you relax before work in the morning. Even if you are able to enjoy some of these moments of personal time during the day, you may neglect one important aspect of your well-being: your healthcare. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March…

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Five Ways to Stay Calm at Work

10/06/2014 | Community

Even if you’ve found your dream job, learning to work alongside others or as part of a team may pose challenges. It’s natural to feel frustrated or even angry at situations that are beyond our control in the workplace. How you deal with these normal emotions is critical to your professional growth and continued relationships with colleagues. Follow these tips for keeping your cool at the office. Find the source. Knowing what triggers your anger helps you mentally prepare or avoid situations…

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Guide for Decoding Your Hospital Bill

10/01/2014 | Community

Hospital bills contain a lot of information to sift through, and can be overwhelming. However, here at Indiana University Health we want you to understand what you are being charged for. We also want you to know that, like you, we have all been patients, too, and understand that “life happens”. Our team members are here to help you understand the information in your bill and to answer questions you may have regarding insurance, payment or assistance.  We’ve created a helpful…

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Open Enrollment

09/24/2014 | Community

Open enrollment for plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace starts on October 1. As you prepare to enroll in insurance through healthcare.gov, ask yourself a few questions to guide your decision on what plan to select. 1. How much can I afford to pay each month? Your premium is how much money you pay each month for insurance. Many people choose the lowest premium plan, but that could end up costing more in the long run depending on your health needs. Assess your monthly budget and…

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How to Prepare for Open Enrollment

09/19/2014 | Community

It’s that time of year again: open enrollment season – the once-a-year opportunity to update your benefits plan to fit your ever-changing needs. If your current plan no longer fits your lifestyle and you’re reviewing other options, you may feel overwhelmed with all the considerations that come with selecting a new plan. What are my wellness benefits? Can I still visit my preferred physician? Will my prescriptions be covered? These factors – and many others – are important…

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