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Lifestyle | Staff Arts

Don't take away my HSA

After moaning and groaning about the trouble it took to get reimbursed for my health expenses through my Health Savings Account, my company sent out a notice this week that our annual insurance renewal is fast approaching. They're hosting meetings to help us decide whether the traditional PPO (or preferred provider organization) or HSA (health savings account) is best for us.
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Watch out for those health insurance subsidies

Many people are going to be shocked to learn they owe penalties or additional payments when they send in their taxes. People being people, some are probably underestimating their income in order to get subsidies when they signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Others may not be reporting it when their income goes up. So as soon as they send in their tax information that documents a higher income, they'll be expected to pay back the subsidies that they shouldn't have gotten.
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An Apple A Day: Obamacare. Is it fair?

This reporter was really hoping that her family could qualify for the Affordable Care Act insurance under the "unaffordable" rule. But after researching it, she's convinced her family isn't eligible. What's your story?
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Planning for the inevitable

First, I want to thank everyone who emailed, called or mentioned to me in person their condolences over my mother's death, and that they were glad that I wrote my experiences in An Apple A Day. When I started this healthcare blog, I really anticipated having many months to explore the issues surrounding long-term care, quality of care for the aging, and living with dementia from first-hand experiences. I had no idea that I would be writing about end-of-life decisions so soon.
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The human side of healthcare

This is a blog about healthcare. Healthcare as an industry. Healthcare as we, the consumers, relate to it. Healthcare as it's provided here in North Central Washington. Please share with me your experiences with healthcare systems.