The Benefits Crystal Ball

I should have consulted a clairvoyant before I went to the New Employee Orientation.

Obamacare Lives, And Your Subsidy Is Safe

The Supreme Court ruled this morning 6-3 in favor of the Obamacare status quo, and as someone whose little family relies on the Obamacare status quo, I say, thank God.

The Cost Of Things: A Brain Tumor

MRI at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s astoundingly high-end, almost spa-like MRI center, required upfront on a credit card: $1,631.79. The MRI shows a large benign growth on my pituitary gland.

How Much You Earn Could Be Determined By Your Height

When we prefer tall people and pay them more, what we might really be reacting to is the fact that they are the products of a) good genes, and b) a careful upbringing by affluent parents.

Standing Desks Compensate For Overly Long Workdays

The best way to reverse the negative effects of sitting all day is to make workdays shorter. The reason we have to squeeze in our own four-hour standing blocks and light intensity activity breaks is because we spend so much time working.

The Cost Of A Bruised Tailbone

I started using my credit card for things I shouldn’t, like daily take-out, more Uber rides, Amazon movie rentals, and sad online shopping. I racked up nearly $500.

The Cost of Getting Your Eyes Checked (When Your Health Insurance Does Not Include Vision)

At that point I wanted to bang my forehead against the mirrored wall and ask “does everything cost some ridiculous amount of money these days?” Glasses should cost no more than $150. My health insurance program should give me at least some kind of discount on my eye exam and my new frames.

Happy Earth Day!

Good news from the EPA: we have made a lot of progress towards saving the environment, and some of our progress comes with financial benefits as well.

Non-Refundable: The Price Tag Of Emotional Well-Being

So this was what I chose to do with my $500. I looked around the room for some sign of additional perks. Didn’t we get books? A pamphlet? Some handouts?

The Billions We Spend on Our Annual Check-Ups

In January, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania wrote an op-ed in the New York Times saying that he was skipping his annual physical, which he argued as costly and ineffective.

Getting Health Care After Quitting Your First Job

I wasn’t thinking about health insurance when I quit my job. I thought about how much I loved New York, what I loved about journalism and writing, and how I was kicking myself for taking the first job offer I ever got. I was also thinking about whether quitting my first job three months in for a temporary job would ruin my life (hey! I’m young).

Things That Cost More Than A Trip To The Best Western-Style Hospital in Shanghai

One night at a business-class hotel here is like a fifth or a fourth of a night at a hospital; there it’s like the other way around.

The Cost of Things: Getting The Flu When Your Insurance Sucks

Thanks to my newfound pioneer attitude, my response to grogginess and an incipient cough was to take two Advil and a bracing three-hour walk through snow-encrusted Prospect Park. Here’s what that cost me.

How Money Complicates Sex

Even if we can’t make abortion a real alternative for everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances, we can attack the root of the problem: the cost of reliable contraceptives.

A Last-Minute Guide to Buying Health Insurance

While the Affordable Care Act certainly has its detractors, 2014 was a good year for Obamacare. The self-employed, underemployed, or otherwise ineligible took advantage of the state and federal exchanges last year, and their participation drove the nationwide uninsured rate to its lowest ever. Insurance companies posted all-time high share prices in the third quarter last year thanks in part to an increased subscriber base provided by the law’s mandate.’s Marketplace is not as bad as you’ve heard. In fact, it’s pretty darn good. But the velvet rope is closing soon: The open enrollment deadline is February 15th.