Category Archives: Affordable Care Act

Altrua Qualifies for Obamacare Exemption

It’s been so long since I posted here I’m sure a few of you wondered if I’d been hit by a bus, kidnapped by the insurance companies, or just lost interest. Fortunately the answer to all of these is ‘no,’ … Continue reading

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Altrua qualifies for Obamacare exemption, plus more on CMF Curo

Two important updates on health care sharing ministries that I want to share with all of you. I’ve mentioned a few times in the past that Altrua HealthShare, a ministry based out of Texas, may not be eligible for the … Continue reading

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A new(ish) health care sharing ministry for Catholics!

***UPDATE BELOW*** I’ve been touting health care sharing ministries for quite some time, pretty much since I launched The Self-Pay Patient blog back in August 2013. The concept is pretty simple – individuals and families voluntarily agree to pay one … Continue reading

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Washington Post features Americans opting out of Obamacare

Nearly two and a half months ago, I posted here that a reporter had contacted me and was looking for people to interview who had chosen to opt out of Obamacare. Several dozen of you responded, and I was able … Continue reading

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Health insurance market closed to most, now what?

As a general rule I try not to discuss Obamacare (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) here on The Self-Pay Patient blog. I have plenty of other outlets to share my views on that law, and … Continue reading

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Media looking for self-pay patients to interview

I don’t normally do announcements or requests through the blog, but hey, it’s my blog, so I guess if I want to I can! Anyways, I just spoke with a reporter for a major national newspaper, she is looking for … Continue reading

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Getting around Obamacare’s ‘open enrollment’ limits

I received an e-mail the other day from someone who is considering dropping their current coverage because of the increase in costs (he specifically used the term ‘robbery’ to describe their new premiums) and joining one of the health care … Continue reading

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Parachute Health offers alternative to Obamacare coverage

I’ve noted in the past that there are a number of companies out there that are starting to directly market themselves and the products and services they offer as an option for people who can’t afford or don’t want to … Continue reading

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Advice on choosing an Obamacare plan

Tens of millions of Americans are now pondering whether to purchase conventional health insurance through their employer or the Obamacare exchanges, or go without and find an alternative type of coverage (or, unwisely for most people in my opinion, go … Continue reading

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Dealing with Obamacare’s gaps

Stories are starting to accumulate about people who have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges (or at least thought they did) but do not actually have coverage at the moment, or at least lack an insurance card … Continue reading

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