Because my livelihood currently derives from the regular receiving of a remittance from my family, I'm without taxable income and thus eligible under the Affordable Health Care Act for California's state-funded health insurance Medi-Cal. At the same time, I'm in a position to purchase low-grade private health insurance without terrible hardship. Medi-Cal seemed to make sense because it is basically free health care, and I signed up. Mefites have also written positively about it. However, looking now at the stripe of participating providers and hospitals, and, especially, looking at the extremely negative yelp.com reviews that have been posted of these providers and hospitals, I have become scared. [more inside]
posted by bertran
on Apr 15, 2014 -
It has recently come to our attention that our mother is hiding—what seem to be very serious—health issues from us. We want to help her, but we're unsure how to proceed. I am seeking advice on two fronts: (1) help us navigate the current healthcare bureaucracy, and (2) help us care for someone who is probably going to try to refuse our help. All of the details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 25, 2014 -
After getting laid-off from a job and having a job to look forward to in June, I have decided to spend the next 6 months traveling, WWOOF-ing around the US and overseas, living off of my savings and picking up odd jobs.
In terms of health care, and the marketplace, what health insurance plans cover multiple states for things other than emergencies (i.e. mental health, a foot fracture, etc)? Would a PPO do that or an HMO?
I've spent a ton of time talking to the Maryland Health Exchange people, and after being told something different by each person I spoke to, I wanted to ask you all.
Thank you kindly!
posted by Kombucha3452
on Dec 17, 2013 -
How will Medi-Cal (Medicaid) work in San Francisco in 2014? Can you choose your doctor? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Nov 13, 2013 -
I am thinking of retiring early, relatively soon. Probably within five years, maybe much sooner. I want to make sure that I correctly understand various things, so I have several questions related to taxation, Obamacare, health savings accounts, IRAs, and SEPP. [more inside]
posted by Sock McPuppet, Jr.
on Jul 1, 2013 -
US-InsuranceFilter: How do I know if an insurance plan is grandfathered under the new ACA "coverage of young adults" policies? The insurance company is acting like it is, but won't answer direct questions about being grandfathered. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
on Nov 29, 2012 -
What are the practical advantages of a state setting up its own health insurance exchange, versus letting the federal government create/manage the exchange for the state? [more inside]
posted by pokermonk
on Nov 12, 2012 -
Can someone explain to me how November's Presidential Election in the USA would impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? [more inside]
posted by royalsong
on Jun 29, 2012 -
I am looking for articles and (to a lesser extent) professional/academic works that argue or present the idea that healthcare reform will be good for the home health care industry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 28, 2011 -
Explain the US healthcare system to me (an Australian) in easy-to-understand language. [more inside]
posted by micklaw
on Mar 23, 2010 -