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A question about public insurance exchanges and tiny non-profits. Anyone

Can you help a small non-profit figure out our rights and opportunities with the public exchanges on October 1? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Aug 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there any better/cheaper health insurance I can get?

I am fed up/freaked out about the cost of my health insurance... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Read ended by truck a month ago; their ins co won't make a decision

I was hit by a garbage truck a little over a month ago. He had a stop sign that he decided to ignore. I was on a rte/main road with no stop sign, going with the flow of (considerable) traffic. My car was pretty seriously damaged and needs to be fixed, but so far the truck company's insurance company hasn't accepted liability, and are hanging their decision on a guy who apparently doesn't exist. In the meantime, my car's a mess. How to get a response so I can get my car fixed and not have to cover the rental myself? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 2, 2013 - 22 answers

How does a millenial pay for cancer, in Florida, without insurance?

My brother has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, and is currently in the ICU. What we know is that he's not going to die tonight. He's got some life left in him. They're not sure about the precise form yet, that will take some time. But in the meantime, we have a problem: he's 31, recently unemployed, and uninsured. My family is far from being able to afford out of pocket health costs. And from all the doctors, drugs, machines he's been hooked up to in the past 10 hours, I know the bill is already creeping into the many tens of thousands of dollars. So my question to MeFites is: what are our options? How do we pay for this? We have very few assets, although I'm sure we'd sell the family home to keep my brother alive for a few more years. But apart from that, we've got nothing substantial. (I'm a graduate student, and my mother is a self-employed seamstress. My father is unemployed). Are there any gov't programs available? Can he go on Medicaid? Etc. I'm having trouble finding hard info on people in his particular situation (not a minor, not elderly, and diagnosed with cancer). Help!
posted by dis_integration on Jul 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Can/should we use trip insurance as our primary medical insurance?

In 6 weeks' time, my husband and I are quitting our jobs to go on a 2-3 month road trip around the USA before moving to Europe. I have some questions about travel/trip/health insurance for folks who may have done this or something similar. Is it sensible or possible to use travel insurance as our primary health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there such a thing as Per Mile car insurance...

...That actually exists right now, and isn't just some thing in a trial state only available in 1-2 small locations? I'm paying a lot for a car i barely drive. [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jul 22, 2013 - 18 answers

Affordable Care Act: wait, what?

Does anyone know how the Affordable Care Act will affect Healthy San Francisco/SF Path participants when it begins?
posted by blnkfrnk on Jul 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Affordable Health Care Exchanges - are we eligible?

I'm looking for good resources for information about the upcoming exchanges, especially concerning eligibility restrictions, specifically in Colorado. [more inside]
posted by girih knot on Jul 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Burning down the house

I recently made a switch to a different company for my homeowner's insurance (details after the jump about why). I fear I may have made a big mistake, but I honestly don't understand ANYthing about insurance and the more I try to read about it and look at my policies, the more confused I get. It's like someone's speaking Mandarin to me. I feel like a colossal idiot and I have no one to ask anymore now that my dad, whom I relied on to help me with this kind of stuff, is gone. I'm wondering how much I messed up here, and what I should look for to fix it. [more inside]
posted by emcat8 on Jul 10, 2013 - 14 answers

How to avoid getting screwed by another driver's insurance company?

A relative was recently in an accident, and the other driver is at fault. It occurs to me that car insurance seems broken, since my relative is now trying to get paid by a company whose client is the other driver. How do we make sure they have our best interests in mind? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Jul 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Swapped cars + accident = insurance confusion?

I temporarily swapped cars with my parents. While my mother was driving it alone, another driver sideswiped her and damaged the vehicle. How does the insurance get handled? Obviously, the driver-at-fault's insurance should pay for the repairs. But do we contact my insurance company, my parent's insurance company, or only the other driver's insurance company? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Group Health Insurance Options

I need group health insurance, but I don't know what my options are with the new potential changes in the law. I am in the East Bay, in California. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

First time self employed - what can be deducted? Therapy, bike, health?

Hello! I am an independent contractor (1099 Misc form) for the first time in my life and need some tax advice as the budget is a bit tight! Therapy, acupuncture, bicycle, insurance, computer, etc. How do deductions work? [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jul 2, 2013 - 15 answers

My life's a mess. Help me come up with a game plan moving forward

mental health snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Job change and health insurance coverage for the gap?

I am currently employed full time with group health insurance. I've accepted a new position at a different company starting August 1. If I put in my 2 weeks notice and quit on July 12, will I still be covered for the remainder of the month? [more inside]
posted by bosco_costanza on Jun 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Downed tree, city in storm aftermath, what to do?

We've had a giant storm and an incredible number of trees are down including many blocking roads. One downed tree is mine, although thankfully it's not in the street. I was actually in the process of getting an arborist out here to get it taken down next week...and now it's down! Er, mostly down! And that's where I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Get Therapy. Yeah, I'm going to need a little more help than that...

I think I might be a little depressed. Sometimes more than a little, but usually at least a little. And I know I have issues with anxiety. So, I've decided to get therapy. And I've called my insurance to figure out how to go about doing that. So my question is: now what? I don't know if I need a psychiatrist or a psycologist. I know that a psychiatrist perscribes medication, but I don't know if I need that. Knowing that seems like their job. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Jun 21, 2013 - 14 answers

The ball's in my court (I think). Now what?

I have been halfheartedly looking for a new job. My current position does not leave me much time or energy for searching, plus I have had a lot of illness in my family in the last year, which is time-consuming and emotionally draining. When a supplier I work with mentioned that someone in her company had left recently, I asked her whether she plans to replace him, and she said she does. I emailed her my résumé, and she sent me the job listing. In her email, she asked me whether I was interested, and if not, to let her know what my concerns are so they could address them because "your résumé is great!" How do I respond in the most effective manner? [more inside]
posted by zorseshoes on Jun 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Hit and run insurance claim?

At some point, my parked car was hit. I didn't notice until I got home. It could have happened in three or four different parking lots--I ran several errands. There is fair amount of damage to my front bumper and a dent in my hood, but I can't prove I didn't do it myself. Am I going to be able to file an insurance claim on this? What do I need to know before I call my insurance company? Could this raise my premiums? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jun 19, 2013 - 8 answers

What should my next steps be (genetic testing and insurance)?

I have learned there is a 50% chance I have inherited a genetic disease. I would like to be tested to see if I actually have the faulty gene, but have a few concerns as to insurance implications. Any help would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Leave of Absence / Short-term Disability Insurance for Depression?

I've always been prone to depression as a result of my dysthymia and due to recent traumatic events, I've slumped into depression again. My work productivity and quality suffered as a result and I ended up breaking down to my manager, sobbing my eyes out and explaining my situation. I was even developing suicidal ideations and at this point, I've taken a little over a week off of work. In the mean time, I've seen a doctor, a psychiatrist, and a therapist for my depression and I've been prescribed Pristiq. Now, my question is in regards to requesting a leave of absence for my depression [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Breast Cancer and Soon-to-be Uninsured in TN

Asking for a friend. Her mom lives in Nashville, Tennessee. "My mom was just diagnosed with  a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer.  She will need both chemo and surgery. In addition to the physical, medical, and emotional toll treatment will take, we need to figure out how to pay for this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Why hast thou forsaken me, United Healthcare?

I just received a notification from my insurance company that as of July 1 they're no longer covering the brand-name version of a necessary medication I take daily. If I want to keep taking it I have to pay the full price (many hundreds of dollars per month)—or switch to the generic, which I've taken before and found that for me it is basically crap. It doesn't work as well, and has pretty unpleasant side effects, and I have documentation to that effect from my doctor of many years. Is there anything I can do to create a happy ending here?
posted by firstbest on Jun 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Post-car accident etiquette 101 - PA edition

Rear ended a car on a slick road today. Called police to get a report filed. Now what? [more inside]
posted by never nice on Jun 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Sites that get renters and auto insurance quotes from multiple insurers?

I am looking for sites that can grab quotes from multiple renters and auto insurers. Its tedious to enter all the information into multiple sites. Could you recommend a few websites? At this time I am looking to get renters insurance but thought I would find out about auto as well. Thanks
posted by r2d2 on Jun 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Short term healthcare coverage in Massachusetts

Short term health insurance options in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I let my parents drive/insure a car I own in North Carolina?

I'm trying to figure out a way to have a car that I own insured and driven primarily by my parents. I can't transfer the title, as there's still a lien and I will be making payments. However, my parents need a car urgently, so I need to get them to a good, insured state with a reliable automobile. Does anyone have experience with this?
posted by sonic meat machine on May 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Is it possible to get small-fry specialty insurance?

It's possible to get insurance for strange things: for example, Lloyd's of London once insured Troy Polamalu's hair for $1 millon. How can I get some esoteric insurance of my own? For details... [more inside]
posted by tss on May 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Progressive is being regressive

We live in Mass and my wife got into a car accident the other day while I was out of town. How can I convince the insurance company it was not her fault? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on May 28, 2013 - 25 answers

Car Stolen.....Insurance Pay Out.....Car found.....

We had our car stolen a couple of weeks ago. The insurance company actually worked pretty quickly and we agreed a settlement amount with them and they have paid out. Now been informed by the Police that the car has been found. It looks like it's in pretty good nick apart from a couple of broken windows. Would we be able to buy the car back from the insurance company? How much if any discount should I expect? Problems in the future? Anyone got any experience of buying their car back from their insurance company?
posted by lloyder on May 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Help with pain and suffering on uninsured motorist claim (motorcycle)

So I was in a motorcycle accident a month and a half ago when an inattentive driver caused me to get into a single-vehicle accident. Because that driver did not stop, my insurance company covered me under uninsured motorist coverage. The company, Progressive, has been great about everything so far, but now they want to cover the "pain and suffering" portion of the claim. I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to proceed and would appreciate guidance from people who have been through this sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2013 - 10 answers

In Need of an Affordable Dental Plan

I am looking for a dental plan I can enroll in. My employer does not provide dental insurance. I live in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on May 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Am I being realistic?

I'm getting ready to have a possible "final conversation" about financial responsibility with my boyfriend. I just want to check in to see that I'm being realistic with today's economy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 33 answers

How do insurance companies test for tobacco use?

Someone asked me this this morning, and I have no idea so I thought I would throw it out to the green. [more inside]
posted by deliciae on May 20, 2013 - 8 answers

When a health insurance company is awful, what recourse does one have?

What is in place to stop health insurance companies from simply NOT doing things they are contracted to do (i.e.: process and pay for prescriptions. Pay doctors etc.). [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on May 16, 2013 - 14 answers

What kind of health insurance should I get?

I'm a single woman in her early 40's, unemployed (mostly), looking to purchase health insurance, and requesting advice from the hivemind on how much I should have, of what type. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on May 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Help with my insurance and SR-22s

I am having trouble getting my insurance company to issue an SR-22 to the Oregon DMV so my license isn't suspended. [more inside]
posted by mokin on May 13, 2013 - 14 answers

How much does Medicare pay for a room - just the room, overnight?

[USA filter] Even with the new disclosures I can't figure out how much Medicare pays for just a hospital or nursing home room - 24 hours. Just the room charge. [more inside]
posted by cda on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Kidney stone and no insurance...What can I do?

I don't have insurance and I seem to have collected a kidney stone. Already seen a doctor, but what more should I do? [more inside]
posted by zinful on May 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me buy my own health insurance.

I'm self employed. I need health insurance. My main concern is a random ER visit that will put me in debt for the rest of my life, so I told my wife not to worry about deductible prices, since I only need to go in once every few years anyway. She found something with a $4,000 deductible. And that was like $80/mo. The other ones were even more expensive. Is this price range right? Is this the only way to protect myself from crippling debt?
posted by brenton on Apr 29, 2013 - 31 answers

Can you recommend companies for travel insurance? (For UK resident)

Can you recommend companies for travel insurance? (For UK resident) [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 24, 2013 - 5 answers

What's the best option for urgent dental care?

My front tooth, already decaying, has actually cracked down the middle. I know, should've taken care of it earlier blah blah blah but I'm taking care of it now and need to know my options. I am 24, uninsured and have very little in the way of expendable money. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Apr 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Pet insurance on indoor cats - worth it?

People with pet insurance on their cats. Have the benefits ever outweighed the costs? It seems very expensive to me. I've not had it before as it wasn't around when I got dear old Dot. Bearing in mind these are fit 3 yo cats with no pre-existing conditions who were well cared for in previous home and will be living indoors only. The only people who have had good use out of their pet insurance who I know are lady with cat who was in a road accident and had lots of ops and MRIs and lady with 2 rescue dogs who have had joint and allergy problems. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Apr 20, 2013 - 12 answers

To insure or not to insure?

My partner and I have an income disparity. We try to split costs 50/50. However, I now have the option to insure her as a dependent, but she can't afford to pay her half of the premium. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2013 - 41 answers

Not insuring our non-driving teen son.

My sixteen-year-old son got his license recently, and after a month (during which time he did not drive) we insured him for a month as we were going to be out of town and he needed the car. When we called our insurance company to remove him from our policy, we were told that the only way the company would uninsure him is if he turned in his license to the DMV. We only have one vehicle, and he won't drive. He's not the kid who is going to sneak off in the car, either. So can the insurance company just drop us or otherwise hose us over? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Apr 15, 2013 - 17 answers

How to get insurance to cover family/couples counselling

My partner and I are considering going into couples counselling. The insurance plan we share does not cover this type of counselling "except when rendered in connection with services provided for a treatable mental disorder." One of us is in treatment for a mental disorder, so this seems worth investigating. Can you offer us any experience or advice about dealing with therapists and/or insurance companies in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2013 - 1 answer

How important is AM Best ratings to insurance, specifically homeowners?

Our current homeowners policy is being changed because the company no longer does business in our state. Our agent has come up with another company that is not a national company. It only underwrites in several states on the east coast. I looked up their financials and they seem to be good but I’m no expert. It also is rated with Demotech which I understand to a paid rating company. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Apr 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Insurance assurances

I have insurance coverage from Geico for my car in IL. Am I covered while driving my dad's car in CA? [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on Apr 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Biking for the uninsured.

I do not have adequate health insurance, am self-employed, and any injury that might prevent me from working steadily would be economically problematic (ok, disastrous). I also would like to begin riding my bicycle again as a form of exercise and enjoyment. Would the health benefits of biking outweigh the risk of injury? I would be primarily riding on designated bike trails, not public roads. I'm somewhat paranoid because a friend (with good insurance, fortunately) had a mishap on a bike trail that required surgery. I don't know how common such mishaps are. What would you do in my situation?
posted by Wordwoman on Apr 10, 2013 - 31 answers

PCP, EPOs, PHD ABD, SSRIs, halp!

I am an ABD grad student dealing with significant situational depression. My therapist has recommended I seek out a prescription for an SSRI (antidepressant). My insurance situation is a bit complex -- I'm on the university's faculty EPO plan, but don't have a primary care physician relationship established. Trying to sort out the right order of operations for making sure I get coverage, and get timely access to care. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2013 - 7 answers

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