Health Care

Going Without Health Insurance

Did you find yourself looking at the health care exchanges and decide to remain uninsured and pay the penalty of $95 or more because the costs of the plans didn’t fit into your budget, or you were turned off by the high deductible plans you could afford? The Times looks at those who have made a decision to skip health insurance and go without.

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Alert: There Is a Condom Shortage In Cuba

If you are planning a trip to Cuba some time in the near future, you may want to B.Y.O.C.:

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Walking While Working

New York Times reporter Amy Harmon has been working at a treadmill desk and logging about five miles a day:

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The President Went on Between Two Ferns to Plug His New Website

REMINDER: We all have until March 31st to get insurance for the year through healthcare.gov.

In case we weren’t paying attention, the President of the United States has guest-starred on a comedic web series to remind us of this fact.

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The Cost Of Mental Health Care for a Semi-insured 23-year-old

I’ve been in various forms of treatment for years now: college counselor; old-school Boston psychiatrist that handed me drugs once a month; confused beach town therapist who had no idea what to do with me; extremely mean suburban therapist; current wonderful resident at a NYC hospital who sees me once a week and functions as both therapist and psychiatrist.While some treatment has been easy to access—namely the college counselor—most required navigating a maze of phone calls, referrals, string-pulling, insurance snafus, and money.

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How Medical Bills Can Easily Damage Our Credit Records

Elisabeth Rosenthal, who has been writing a series on the cost of health care in the U.S., wrote a piece in the Times Sunday Review this weekend looking at how chaotic medical billing can affect our credit.

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The ACA and My Obstetrician and Me

So as previously mentioned I am growing increasingly pregnant with each passing day, and today I had an appointment with my OB-GYN. On the agenda for this morning was first to chug 10 oz. of a drink called Glucola™, which is basically like drinking flat orange drink except twice as sugary (Um, I was kind of into it) that does weird things to your blood sugar and screens you for gestational diabetes. Second on the agenda, aside from peeing in a cup, getting my blood pressure taken, and hearing baby’s heartbeat, was for me to corner my OB and try to get her to give me an honest answer about her practice’s plans to drop my newly begotten insurance plan.

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I Don’t Sleep I Just Dream of 1 Thing

1 thing 2 do.

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For $330 You Can Own a Toothbrush That Yells At You

Inviting the real-time disapproving remarks of my dentist into my home and into my daily routine sounds like my worst nightmare, and certainly not something I would pay $330 for, but if you are concerned about preventing all of the horrible things are teeth and bodies are going to die from it might be something worth looking into.

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Let Me Tell You About My Vacation (My Dental Vacation)

The quote we got in the states for three crowns and no root canals was around $7,000.

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Here Is Your Open Thread

In Reuters, Anya Schiffrin talks about what happened when her father was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and traded being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering, a leading cancer treatment hospital, to being treated in Paris, where he was born. Schiffrin recalls spending entire days waiting around while her father got treated at Sloan Kettering, and how different it was after he moved to Paris to receive treatment under the French health care system

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My Father Developed Alzheimer’s Disease and Lost the Ability to Manage Money

In February 2012 we received an unofficial Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and my father’s ability to manage money quickly eroded.

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