Wellness Events – June

June 7, 2011

As a part of our ongoing effort to help you find the best care at the lowest cost, we bring to you this month’s list of free & low-cost wellness events.

Take a look for an event near you, and be sure to check previous entries for any recurring events (which are indicated by a *).

Detroit, MI – Diabetes Education (6/8, Free); Men’s Health Month Seminar (6/9, Free); The New Healthcare Law – What it Means for You (6/9, Free); Sleep Apnea/Treatment Options (6/9, Free)

Cross River, NY – Free Community Wellness Day – Topics include holistic health, stress reduction, Homeopathic Medicine for Chronic Conditions, Meditations, Diabetes, ADD/ADHD, Nutrition (6/11, Free)

Houston, TX – Free AHA Wellness Conference for African American Women. Includes sessions on heart health, cooking healthy foods, physical activity (6/11, Free)

Mount Shasta, CA – Caregiver Class (6/8, Free)

Topeka, KS Cost is unspecified. Health & Wellness Fair: more than 30 area health and wellness groups, educational resources, screenings (6/15)

Memphis, TN – ACS Look Good, Feel Better Program (6/13, 23, Free); Stroke Survivor Group (6/7, Free); Crohn’s/Colitis Support Group (6/7, Cost Unspecified); Weight Loss Seminar (6/7, Free); Men’s Health Summit (6/11, Cost Unspecified)

We will continue to update this list over the course of the month, so check back regularly! If you come across any events we missed, please let us know in the comments section below!

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Affordable Care Act rule aims to increase transparency, moderate premium costs

May 24, 2011

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final regulation to protect consumers from unreasonably large increases in their health insurance premiums. On September 1, 2011, it will be required that premium increases of 10% or higher be thoroughly reviewed by states and federal officials. In September 2012, that 10% threshold will change to a percentage varying by state in accordance to its specific health and insurance trends.

HHS has been working with the states to improve their oversight capabilities, and has additionally awarded them $44 million in Affordable Care Act grants. Another $200 million will be available to the states as well. This new regulation, combined with other protections from the Affordable Care Act, should help to moderate premium hikes, and ultimately provide the consumer with more value for their premium dollar.

The rule also requires that insurance companies provide the consumer with clear, easily understandable reasons for any “unreasonable” rate increase (again, 10% until Sept. 2012). These justifications must be posted by the insurance company on both their own website and HHS’ Affordable Care Act website (www.healthcare.gov). 

Significant premium increases will be up for review not only the states, but also the consumers. When reviewing rate increases, states must provide the public with an opportunity for input. With this rule, transparency can help to lower costs, and consumers will have a chance to have their say in determining a reasonable premium cost.

Click here to learn more.

KAZI-FM in Austin, TX interviews coauthor Martin Rosen

October 26, 2010

KAZI-FM 88.7 in Austin, TX recently spoke with Healthcare Survival Guide coauthor Martin Rosen. On the program “Economic Perspectives,” host Hopeton Hay interviewed Rosen about some of the book’s indispensable cost-saving advice, including asking your doctor for a discount and substituting generic medication for name-brands on your prescription.

To listen to the full interview, click here: http://econpers.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/discover-money-saving-tips-from-co-author-of-health-care-survival-guide/

New reviews of The Healthcare Survival Guide

October 19, 2010

Two prominent book critics have given The Healthcare Survival Guide positive reviews recently. C.A. Lajos of The Librarian’s Review of Books raved about The Healthcare Survival Guide, calling it ”a guide for getting the healthcare one needs to stay healthy while not going into bankruptcy like so many others.”

“With tips on when it’s safe to cut corners, how to get freebies, and more, The Healthcare Survival Guide is for any seeking healthcare and want it cheap,” Lajos writes.

Meanwhile, Alan Caruba, charter member of the National Book Critics Circle, calls the book “one of those titles that relieves the reviewer from having to say anything more.”

”It’s filled with little-known secrets such as simply asking your doctor for a discount, keeping an eye on pharmaceutical websites for free trial offers for medications, checking out a university dental clinic and how to read a hospital bill to avoid being over-charged,” Caruba writes.

Watch coauthor Martin Rosen on FOX 29

September 22, 2010

Tomorrow, September 23, some of health reform’s first big changes go into effect. Insurers will no longer be permitted to deny children coverage because of a pre-existing condition, lifetime caps on coverage for those with chronic conditions will be outlawed, and adult children will be able to stay on a parent’s health plan until age 26, to name a few.

To help make sense of these new laws, Healthcare Survival Guide coauthor Martin Rosen will appear on FOX 29 tonight and tomorrow and discuss what these changes mean for you. Tonight, you can catch him on the 10 p.m. broadcast with Thomas Drayton, and tomorrow, he’ll be on at 8:15 a.m. with Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones.

Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVRs!