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Relocating to the US, health insurance advice needed!

I'm relocating to the US (from the UK) in a couple of weeks and having concerns about health insurance. My husband's employer covers health insurance for him, but to cover me as well we must take out the 'family policy' for $500 per month (if we had 4 kids this would be a great deal, but apparently it's the same price for the whole 'family' even if that's just me. This seems crazy to me, not sure if it is normal!). Is my alternative plan crazy? Health insurance companies confuse and scare me! [more inside]
posted by hibbersk on Oct 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Magically delicious.

Help me send my friend in Ireland some very American things. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Sep 27, 2009 - 31 answers

Are the taxes on an American sweepstakes win by a Canadian worth our while?

SweepstakesFilter: My wife (a Canadian like myself) recently won a large number of travel rewards points from an American chain of hotels. Help us determine if the prize is worth keeping considering what we'll have to pay in taxes to the IRS. [more inside]
posted by stungeye on Sep 25, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I get my package that's been "Inbound Into Customs" in NY for 12+ days?

My perfectly boring package from Sweden has been listed as "Inbound Into Customs" since September 4. How can I find out what the problem is? Can I get it cleared somehow? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Sep 15, 2009 - 10 answers

3G USB for US and Australia?

Which 3G USB key/stick thingy should my Mom buy if she wants to be able to use it in Australia and the US? She'll probably want a prepaid solution in both countries rather than a plan.
posted by obiwanwasabi on Sep 14, 2009 - 7 answers

US Civil War life?

Books on everyday civilian life during the US Civil War? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Sep 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Ik heb... financialaidie?

NetherlandsFilter: As a Dutch citizen, am I eligible for financial aid for school in the United States? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 10, 2009 - 2 answers

Are there any programs for a 30yr old English guy to work in the USA for a year or so?

Are there any programs for a 30yr old English guy to work in the USA for a year or so? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Sep 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Presidential time-usage in pictures

Who spent more of their Presidency on vacation, Dubya or Bush, Sr.? Who travelled more, Clinton or Reagan? It seems to me, there's got to be some organization somewhere that tracks this kind of Presidential time-utilization info, and organizes it into pretty charts and graphs. Help me find the information visualization I seek!
posted by paisley on Sep 3, 2009 - 3 answers

I want the biggest and smallest. The rest can suck it.

Where can I find a list of the smallest things (and for that matter) the biggest things in America? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Parvovirus: odds of a puppy getting it?

I understand the danger parvovirus poses to puppies, but what are the odds of a puppy contracting the disease in the US (specifically Alameda County, California)? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Sep 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Where to get the best exchange rate to buy a big USD bank draft in Toronto?

How do I get the best exchange rate when I have Canadian dollars in hand and want to make a large payment in US dollars? I'm in Toronto and the recipient is not flexible with regards to payment methods so I need to end up with a certified cheque or bank draft to send. [more inside]
posted by winston on Sep 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Let's go to Little Canada!

A few months ago I read about French-Canadian immigration into the U.S. from the 1840s to 1930s. Evidently, some of these immigrants established "Little Canadas." I'd like to learn more about them. [more inside]
posted by Korou on Aug 31, 2009 - 17 answers

What US food has this Brit never tried?

My first trip to the US is coming up; having been brought up with American films and American TV shows, I am compiling a list of all the things we just don't have in the UK (mostly food) to try. Only my list isn't too long at the moment. Can any MeFites help? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin on Aug 29, 2009 - 122 answers

Constitutionality of US federal death penalty

How would a more qualified person refute my dumb legal theory regarding the death penalty? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Aug 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Visa waiver to US - can I visit Canada

If I (a UK citizen) visit the US on a visa waiver, can I cross into Canada and back?
posted by A189Nut on Aug 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Moving from LA to London. What do I need to know?

Hi there, My company is transferring me to London at the end of the month and I haven’t had much time to do some essential research. Part of the problem is I don’t even know the right questions to ask, or the right places to go on the web to find the info I need. Here are a few things that I’d need to know in order to get me started, if anyone is so inclined to lend their knowledge: Apartment, bank, mobile phone, international calls, location, public transit, exemption from US taxes, tying up loose ends in the US. Anything else I may be missing? [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Aug 12, 2009 - 17 answers

Where can I find some USA-made jeans in Los Angeles?

Where can I buy jeans in Los Angeles that are made in the USA? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Aug 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Finding a customs broker

How do you go about finding and choosing a customs broker? [more inside]
posted by Quinbus Flestrin on Jul 31, 2009 - 5 answers

Where should I live in the USA? I like music, culture, etc - but I need to be close to Europe.

Where should I live in the USA? I like music, culture, etc - but I need to be close to Europe. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jul 31, 2009 - 80 answers

Ordering a return ticket Melbourne to Los Angeles with V Australia; can I travel to LA and cancel the return flight for a refund?

I'm going to be flying one way from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles with V Australia. It's cheaper to book a return ticket than a one way ticket. Can I cancel the return flight and get a refund? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate on Jul 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Is this worth checking out?

Does anyone have experience with SWAP? (It's a Canadian work-abroad program for students that my boyfriend is currently considering, particularly for acquiring a work visa in the USA.) [more inside]
posted by Bakuun on Jul 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Shipping a rifle and knives from Australia to USA. Any tips?

Moving from Melbourne, Australia to Nevada, USA. Need to ship a rifle and some knives to collect when I get there. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate on Jul 13, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I a UK citizen get leave to work in the US for a 6-8 month period?

How can I a UK citizen work in the US for a 6-8 month period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Health insurance for all? Is that a good thing? What can I do to help?

So, I saw Howard Dean on the Colbert Report last night. Please help me with some specific action steps regarding health care and the future of the USA. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 25, 2009 - 10 answers

What cell phone for usa and europe?

Please recommend a cell phone for use in the USA and Europe. Will be in London and Italy for at least six months. Would like a phone that I can use in the USA and Europe. Pay-as-you-go plan preferred. Just starting to think about a smart phone for email and wi-fi internet access. Cost is a consideration. Suggestions please.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jun 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Bringing electronics stateside: Headache or no?

Returning to the States from Austria with electronic equipment: What to worry about at customs? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Jun 22, 2009 - 7 answers

how to watch hulu in europe?

HULU voodoo... American but not in the US. [more inside]
posted by thedoctorpants on Jun 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Credit score and available credit

Is my U.S. credit score based on the total available credit on all cards, or is it also based on the available credit on an individual card? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jun 15, 2009 - 10 answers

Nursing in New Zealand vs. nursing in the US.

Nursing in New Zealand vs. nursing in the US? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Jun 14, 2009 - 2 answers

How can I (an EU citizen) move to San Francisco?

How can I (an EU citizen) move to San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Omnibenevolent Supercherub on Jun 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Where should we go now, where should we go..

In the middle of a great obligatory family tour, we have 3-4 days where we can go off and do something fun somewhere in America. Somewhere not too far away from Philadelphia would be good. We were thinking NYC, but is there anyway to do this on a SERIOUS budget? And if not, where else should we go? Criteria within. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Jun 7, 2009 - 18 answers

$30,000 per gig? Really?

iPhone user from Canada roaming in Big Apple.... how? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Jun 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Which books should I read ?

In order to pass an English competitive examination in France, I need reference (but not too long) books on two history subjects. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Jun 4, 2009 - 2 answers

SWINEFLU AND CHINA?

Next thursday, I have a trip to China planned. Will the Chinese give us trouble out of swine flu fears? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Jun 2, 2009 - 10 answers

East Coast Twixtmas

Seeking suggestions for winter break within four hours drive of NYC. Love me up on your favourite destinations! [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Jun 2, 2009 - 13 answers

Strange/Interesting Places for a Summer-long Road Trip?

Where can my friends and I go on a summer-long USA road trip in a similar vein to Burning Man or 24 Hours of LeMons? [more inside]
posted by jkoby on May 31, 2009 - 2 answers

What does writing a sponsor letter for someone to visit the US entail?

What does writing a sponsor letter for someone to visit the US entail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2009 - 1 answer

What do I need to import items from USA and abroad for the purpose of reselling

I just got a new job in a retail store in Toronto, Canada. We want to import items from the USA and Europe in order to resell them. I am concerned about getting hit with customs/duty/taxes/broker fees/etc. What fees am I able to avoid and how can I avoid them. Who do I need to contact in order to get this stuff across the border as quickly and cheaply as possible. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on May 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Does the US tax non-US citizens working outside the US for US companies?

I am not a citizen or resident of the US, but I've been offered the opportunity to do some freelance work for a US-based company. The work will be done entirely in my country, without ever visiting the US, but as far as I can tell they will be paying me directly from their home office in the US (not via a subsidiary in my country). Under these circumstances, would the IRS be expecting some sort of filing from me relating to this when the next US tax deadline comes around?
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2009 - 4 answers

I'm a dependant, full-time student abroad and haven't filed with the IRS for the past three years. Doing immigration stuff and need tax returns. What now?

I am helping my partner migrate to the U.S. after our marriage. We're nearing the point where we do an Affidavit of Support during our embassy interview abroad, which says I need to bring tax returns. I have not filed income taxes for the last three years, because I have been a full-time student in this country. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2009 - 9 answers

How to find dead parent's Texas mineral rights?

Finding deceased parent's Texas "mineral rights?" How can I do this cheaply? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2009 - 8 answers

UK/USA Customs and laptops

Outside of porn which I am not concerned about what does UK/US customs look for on laptop computers? Specifically, I have some movies that I have 'ripped' from dvd and I wanted to know if those are something they get finicky about.
posted by occidental on May 11, 2009 - 47 answers

Violent crime rate comparison in international cities

How safe is it to walk around in London compared to major American cities? What are good sources of comparison for violent crime rates in international cities?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 6, 2009 - 26 answers

Road trip USA for Aussie noob

International Travel novice: What do I need to know that I don't know that I don't know? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 17, 2009 - 28 answers

Passport complications.

I have jumped on an opportunity to take a vacation on the sunny beaches of Australia (insert mixup of seasons joke here). I am leaving in three weeks, and staying for six. However, I have run into a problem: my American passport expires two weeks before I return (though after I leave). [more inside]
posted by alexei on Apr 7, 2009 - 19 answers

As a freelance Canadian consultant/faciliator, what are the legalities of taking on US clients?

As a freelance Canadian consultant/faciliator, what are the legalities of taking on US clients? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Mar 31, 2009 - 4 answers

Cheapest method to send $30k to Dubai UAE?

Simple question: what is the cheapest method to send $30k from the USA to Dubai, UAE? Any advice or experience is greatly appreciated! Options I have considered are - Paypal - Western Union - Moneybookers
posted by lupefiasco on Mar 29, 2009 - 11 answers

Don't shoot, I'm a book dealer

What can I expect from a US border guard if I go into the USA from Canada carrying packages of things I've sold on ebay to mail in the USA? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Need advice re. crossing U.S. border for my wedding

How paranoid do I need to be about crossing the US border to get married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 - 18 answers

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