Posts tagged "health insurance"

Wanderlust: A Pit Stop At The ER & Why You Should Travel With Health Insurance

The only thing I didn't consider when planning this solo traveling adventure is that I might end up in hospital. Sadly, I did. I woke up in a pool of my own blood a few nights ago and was faced with a difficult choice: Do I go to the ER (which would be ridiculously expensive…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 9, 2015

Study: Some Rape Victims Are Forced To Pay For Their Medical Treatment

A new study has found that many rape victims in the United States are paying medical bills for the aftermath of their assaults, despite the fact that the federal government has laws in place to prevent exactly that from happening. Federal law ensures that victims aren't charged for rape kits, regardless of whether they report…
By: Claire Hannum / June 4, 2014

Forever 21 Cuts Full Time Employees To Avoid Paying Health Care Costs

Forever 21, you just keep getting better and better. In between lowering your prices to make them more "guilt-free" (with little thought, of course, to the workers who actually make the products), and getting in trouble for sweatshop-like labor conditions, you've now gone and fucked over the people who…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 16, 2013

Girl Talk: I’m Too Crazy For Health Insurance

Unlike my future captor Tom Cruise, I'm a big fan of psychiatry. Why? Well, it's given me opportunities I never could have experienced without medical intervention for depression, agoraphobia and panic attacks. To put it more simply: Psychiatry has saved my life. But thanks to a couple of friendly letters from health insurance companies, I've recently…
By: Sara Benincasa / November 2, 2012

Missouri To Allow Employers To Refuse To Cover Birth Control, Abortion

Bad news out of Missouri this week: employers and insurers who personally oppose birth control, abortion and sterilization will be able to refuse to cover those forms of health care in their employee's health insurance. Missouri's Governor Jay Nixon had vetoed the bill, but earlier this week, the Republican-controlled legislature overrode the veto.
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2012

Cool Infographic: Will My Birth Control Be Free?

See larger version here. So, the rules for governing copay-free birth control under the Affordable Care Act are, predictably, kinda complicated. You could spend four hours trying to get through to a real human at your insurance company (if you’re lucky enough to have insurance, that is) to find out whether you’re eligible, or…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 9, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare

The fate of ObamaCare has been decided—and it's very, very good news for President Obama and tens of millions of uninsured Americans. The Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act with one Medicaid-related exception. SCOTUSblog reports that Chief Justice John Roberts' vote "saved" ObamaCare; he sided with the left in upholding the individual mandate…
By: Newser / June 28, 2012

Obese People Should Get Counseling, Panel Advises

Earlier this week, a federal health advisory panel recommended that obese adults receive intensive counseling in order to address the mounting obesity epidemic in America. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force encouraged doctors to identify and aid obese patients by providing counseling, or referring them to a weight loss-oriented program. Specially targeted: patients with a…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 26, 2012

Health Insurance Makes You Sexier

According to an incredibly biased study done by eHealthInsurance.com, 90 percent of college students said that they would automatically find someone more attractive if he or she had one important quality ... health insurance. A rare commodity indeed. Heed the call, co-eds. This may be only thing within your control when it comes to getting…
By: Ami Angelowicz / July 20, 2011

Dear Wendy: “Should I Marry For Health Insurance?”

I was laid off about a year and a half ago and have been without health care since that time. For the most part, that's OK because I am not sick often. I do, however, have adult ADHD and it is incredibly difficult to function or keep myself organized without my medication. I also have…
By: Wendy Atterberry / November 17, 2010

Poll: Do You Have Health Insurance?

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By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 6, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Domestic Violence Victims Have More Health Care Costs, Says Study

A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that women who suffered from domestic violence have higher health care costs, even after the abuse ends. Female victims of intimate partner violence average over $1,200 more in health care costs during the first two years after the abuse ends, compared with…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Report Says WellPoint Insurance Targeted Breast Cancer Patients

An exclusive investigation by Reuters alleges that health insurance company WellPoint used a computer algorithm to find breast cancer patients and drop their health benefits. This software tipped federal investigators off to a fraud investigation. Although many insurance companies have been known to drop clients who become ill — which is called "rescission" —…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2010

Girl Talk: I Got Married For Health Insurance

I'd never been one of those girls who'd dreamt about her perfect wedding. The virgin-white dress, the exorbitant costs, the fuss over a big, shiny rock -- none of it ever appealed to me. I wanted to find a lifelong partner, and a family sounded nice, too, but honestly? I never cared much about that…
By: Nona Willis Aronowitz / November 20, 2009

Chubby Baby Denied Health Insurance

When it comes to babies, our throbbing ovaries tell us the chubbier, the better. We could just coo and squeeze 4-month-old Alex Lange, weighing in at 17 pounds, all day! (Before coming to our senses and handing him back to his mommy, that is.) But Rocky Mountain Health Plans denied health insurance for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2009

Why Doesn’t Tara Subkoff Have Health Insurance?

Last week it was announced that Tara Subkoff, designer for the edgy, high-end brand Imitation of Christ, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and would be undergoing brain surgery. If she doesn't get the surgery -- which will require a year of recovery, during which she won't be able to work -- withi…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 14, 2009

Recessionista Report: Destination Weddings, Health Costs, And Domestic Abuse

Destination Weddings: A growing number of couples are choosing to say "I do" under the Caribbean sun, rather than having a traditional wedding in their hometown, even though we're in a recession. A survey by Destination Weddings predicts the destination wedding industry will grow to $16 billion this year, compared with $13 billion last year…
By: Annika Harris / May 12, 2009

I Now Pronounce You Fully Covered

Marrying for health insurance is nothing new. Even I proposed to two men when my health insurance was canceled recently (sadly, they both said no). But even when love isn't the complete reason for getting married, most couples still have enough time to plan their dream wedding, whatever that may be. Things worked out differently,…
By: Annika Harris / April 7, 2009

Quickies!: Willie Nelson For President, Gastrosexuals, & The Benefits Of Marriage

There's a write-in movement underway, complete with campaign song, to elect country music icon Willie Nelson as the next President of the United States. [The Boot] Are PETA's ads sexy or sexist? [Daily Bedpost] A new breed of man has been identified: the gastrosexual, who uses his cooking skills to woo…
By: Annika Harris / July 25, 2008

Poll: Health Insurance Is Reason #19867 Why You Should Get Married

Not having health insurance makes life expensive -- either you pay hundreds every month so you have insurance, or you risk it and pay tons in hospital bills when you get hit by a cyclist going 40 mph. However, some people think they have found the answer to this money-sucking problem: marriage! In a survey…
By: Catherine Strawn / April 29, 2008
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