Mad and Confused about Rising Health Care Costs

By Lisa Zamosky

If rising health insurance premiums and pricier deductibles make you feel angry, you’re not alone.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently conducted eight focus groups in four different U.S. cities to take the pulse of consumer attitudes on the rising cost of health care. The two big take away themes: People are mad and confused.

Keeping Your Medical Records Accurate

By Lisa Zamosky

One of the more common types of questions I receive from readers has to do with medical records. Most commonly, people want to know either how to get a hold of their record or how to get rid of information that is wrong.  I’ve discussed before on this blog the process for gaining access to your medical record.

Drop Weight at Work

By Lisa Zamosky

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, losing weight almost always tops the list. According to a new online survey of roughly 3,000 U.S. adults, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Nutrisystem, more than half – 54% – of Americans have resolved to lose weight in 2013.

Not Happy with Your Medicare Advantage Plan? Change It!

We don’t get many opportunities in life for a “do-over” – the chance to make a different choice when our first decision was a mistake. But if you’re a Medicare beneficiary, January marks the start of a period when you can make changes to your Medicare coverage if you’re unhappy with your current plan.

Just one month after the end of the Medicare enrollment period,

Will You Shop Online for Health Insurance?

By Lisa Zamosky

There aren’t many things we don’t buy online these days. Yet, for most people, turning to the internet to purchase health insurance is a foreign concept. That’s about to change.

A central feature of the Affordable Care Act is to build online markets where millions of people who don’t get health benefits at work will shop for and buy a health plan,

Getting Immediate Medical Care Without a Trip to the ER

By Lisa Zamosky

Medical mishaps aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when we think about decorating for the holidays and putting that angel on top of the Christmas tree. Yet, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the months of November and December 2010, more than 13,000 people were treated in U.S.