Category Archives: Health Insurance

AskNadia: I Need Free or Inexpensive Insulin

I receive many emails from people asking me to help them get access to insulin. This column is for you, the person and family member who has reached out to me for help in gaining access to free or affordable insulin. Dear PWD: Unfortunately, not everyone has access to good health insurance. For some, having … Continue reading AskNadia: I Need Free or Inexpensive Insulin

Diabetes Health #MeToo: Losing Your Health Insurance Because of A Lewd Work Culture?

The news has been abundant with women, girls, and men coming forth, naming superiors who took advantage of their position of power. The dark side of romance is unwanted attention in a work environment where the heart fights for its freedom of choice. In reading these stories, I cannot help but reflect on jobs where … Continue reading Diabetes Health #MeToo: Losing Your Health Insurance Because of A Lewd Work Culture?

AskNadia: Why Doesn’t Anyone Address the Huge Price Increase in Pumps Over the Last Decade

Dear Nadia: Why doesn’t anyone address the huge price increase in pumps over the last decade? For my original Medtronic Paradigm pump 10 years ago, my insurance, Kaiser, paid 80 percent, so my share was less than $1,000. Today, an equivalent model is between $7,000 and $8,000. Kaiser now only pays 50 percent. T he … Continue reading AskNadia: Why Doesn’t Anyone Address the Huge Price Increase in Pumps Over the Last Decade

Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Health Insurance Premiums Aren’t Rising as Fast as Predicted

According to a new report, health insurance premiums through public exchanges rose an average of 8% between 2015 and 2016. However, this only amounted to an increase of about $4 per month. One of the biggest reasons that premiums are staying affordable for beneficiaries is the premium tax credits, which are received by about 85% … Continue reading Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Health Insurance Premiums Aren’t Rising as Fast as Predicted

Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: CA Bill To Allow Undocumented Immigrants Health Insurance

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/May-15_-2016_-11_55_44-PM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSUnder a new proposed bill, California would become the first state to ask the U.S. government to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance via a state exchange. Authored by Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara, this bill would request that the federal government give … Continue reading Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: CA Bill To Allow Undocumented Immigrants Health Insurance

Settlement To Deliver Victory For Tens Of Thousands Of Older And Disabled Adults Served By Medicare

Burlington, Vt. – The Center for Medicare Advocacy and co-counsel from Vermont Legal Aid today announced that plaintiffs and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius filed a Settlement Agreement in the landmark case of Jimmo v. Sebelius, bringing an end to Medicare’s long-practiced but illegal application of an “Improvement Standard.” The settlement of … Continue reading Settlement To Deliver Victory For Tens Of Thousands Of Older And Disabled Adults Served By Medicare

Why Is My Health Insurance Coverage Getting Worse Instead of Better?

I’m not sure how everyone else is feeling about health insurance in the United States of America right now, but I know I’m worried. Ever since my type 1 diabetes diagnosis at 18 years old, I’ve been concerned about the possibility of losing my health insurance. But now, I’m even more worried by the fact … Continue reading Why Is My Health Insurance Coverage Getting Worse Instead of Better?

Medicare To Tie Doctors’ Pay To Quality, Cost Of Care

Twenty thousand physicians in four Midwest states received a glimpse into their financial future last month. Landing in their e-mail inboxes were links to reports from Medicare showing the amount their patients cost on average as well as the quality of the care they provided. The reports also showed how Medicare spending on each doctor’s … Continue reading Medicare To Tie Doctors’ Pay To Quality, Cost Of Care