Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

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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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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Obamacare delivers some good news for self-pay patients

It’s been hard to find good news about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare) of late. But there is one thing that not a lot of people are familiar with that has the potential … Continue reading

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For less than many insurance co-pays, this doctor in Austin Texas will see you

Dr. Keith Smith of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma tweeted yesterday about the Austin Med Clinic, a cash-only doctor’s office in Austin, Texas: https://twitter.com/SurgeryCenterOK/status/377451625138630656 The ‘unbelievable’ prices that Dr. Crump offers are pretty simple – $30 for a single condition or medical issue, … Continue reading

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Fixed-benefit insurance policies an alternative to ‘comprehensive’ insurance

Today the Wall Street Journal has a fascinating op-ed piece titled ‘The Man Who Was Treated for $17,000 less,’ written by Dr. Jeffrey Singer of Arizona. The story resembles many that I’ve written about here, with unsuspecting self-pay patients potentially … Continue reading

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Life insurance as an alternative to health insurance?

A few weeks ago a column appeared at Forbes.com discussing an innovative form of life insurance that could be a much more affordable substitute for traditional health insurance. For the uninsured who would like to have some way to pay … Continue reading

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