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Table of Health Insurance Max Penalties & Fees

By on December 29 2016 | Individual Insurance | Leave a comment

I think this info is important: Table of Important Yearly Health Insurance Maximums, Penalties, Fees for the fall of 2016. from a Kilpatrick Company Oct 2016 blog post

ACA Premium Tax Credit Eligibility for 2016 and 2017

By on December 16 2016 | Health Insurance | Leave a comment

Issue Number: HCTT-2016-79 (from an email from the IRS) A Series of Yes-or-No Questions help you Determine Eligibility for the Premium Tax Credit The premium tax credit – also known simply as PTC –  is a credit for certain people who enroll, or whose family member enrolls, in a qualified health plan offered through a […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of TX Health Insurance Tools

By on August 7 2015 | Health Insurance | Leave a comment

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas or BCBSTX is arguably the  latest Health Insurer in Texas. I will try to point out and list links to some useful web pages. Blue Cross Blue Shield (association)  What is it from Wikipedia. Blue Cross Blue Shield  has implemented  Benefits Value Advisory or Customer Service (CS), , for […]

Marketplace for Texas 2015 Via Aetna

By on May 27 2015 | Health Insurance | Leave a comment

In this post you will find links to excellent information on the federal marketplace for Texas residents from the Aetna website. Aetna has a section on there website titled “Reform Explained.” See this link for a video on “what is a health insurance exchange” (and a transcript of the marketplace). Also seee the Aetna overview […]

ACA Marketplace Application Process

By on March 15 2014 | Heathcare Reform, Individual Insurance | Leave a comment

The ACA (Afordable Care Act) health insurance is all over the media as are the ads for HealthCare.gov When individuals and family’s are looking for health insurance,  you can get information from many sites on-line. The government site has good information but you can only get a plan here if you are eligible for a subsidy […]

How to Access the “Marketplace” for Health Insurance

By on October 21 2013 | Heathcare Reform | Leave a comment

You might be interested in a story I  heard on NPR radio about “the relevance of insurance brokers” and the new marketplace. Also, on a related note, you may also want to check out following link “for profit online brokers gear up to sell ObamaCare“. We think it is really important to have a real agent or broker […]

Diabetes and Diabesity | What We Can Do About Them

By on July 17 2013 | Individual Insurance | Leave a comment

Diabetes  or Diabetes Melitus, which is the full name of the disease that people have some chance to control by how they live and eat.  There are three major types of diabetes melitus (DM). Type I DM  This is the type where you body does not make insulin and so the person has to take […]

Health Zone, a New Section in the Houston Chronicle

By on October 30 2012 | Health Insurance, Individual Insurance | 1 Comment

The Houston, Texas newspaper, The Chronicle has a new section on Sundays, devoted to health news.  On line it is Healthzone. This should be a resource, for health news, for people living in the Houston area. I found the new section as “section K” in my morning paper a couple  Sundays ago. Here is a […]

Health Insurance Deductibles

By on September 22 2011 | Health Insurance Glossary | Leave a comment

The deductible in a health Insurance policy is a defined dollar amount during the benefit period – usually a year – that the insured person pays before the insurance company starts to make payments for covered medical services. Plans may have both per individual and family deductibles. Some plans may have separate deductibles for specific […]

BMI & Personal Weight

By on July 28 2011 | Health Insurance Glossary | Leave a comment

What is BMI (Body Mass Index)? How is it calculated and what use is it to me and Insurance companies? BMI is a number based on a person’s weight and height that provides a way to estimate the effect of weight on health. The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of diseases such as […]

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