Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …

Don’t Miss the March 31st ACA Enrollment Deadline!

Don’t Miss the March 31st ACA Enrollment Deadline!

Posted on 03/11/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Guest post by June Lyle, AARP Indiana State Director Being sick is undeniably stressful, and being sick without health coverage is even more so.  For the 13 percent of Hoosiers ages 50 to 64 – about 172,000 people – who were uninsured in 2011, I have a message for you: Please don’t miss the March 31 deadline to buy coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Why now?  Not only will having health insurance help your peace of mind, you won’t …

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Health Insurance by March 31

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Health Insurance by March 31

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz Late night funnyman David Letterman has a Top 10 list for everything under the sun. As the initial enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace nears an end, we thought we’d try our hand at a Top 10. It may lack some of Dave’s humor, but it does offer you some really good reasons to sign up for insurance before the March 31 deadline. #10. That broken leg won’t fix itself. If you show up at an emergency …

You’re Covered– With a Little Help from the Affordable Care Act

You’re Covered– With a Little Help from the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz, Vice President of Health at AARP in the Education and Outreach group John Hodgman, a sharp-witted comedian who occasionally appears on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” took a decidedly unfunny turn on Twitter on Oct. 1, the day the Health Insurance Marketplace went online. “Young people: sign up for healthcare. Take it from me –YOU ARE NOT IMMORTAL,” Hodgman urged his Twitter followers. Regardless of your age or current health, now that the Health Insurance Marketplace …

Tax Credit for Caregivers Advocated

Tax Credit for Caregivers Advocated

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   By Nancy Johnson At Patty Thornton’s home, everything revolves around her mom, Mary Hosinski. “We call her the queen,” Thornton said. Nine years ago, Hosinski, now 93, suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak and made walking difficult. Faced with the prospect of putting her mom into a nursing home, Thornton, 65, moved her mother into her own South Bend house. Since then, Thornton and her husband, Chris, 63, have reorganized their jobs—as an exercise instructor and …

'Straight Talk’ on Health Care Exchange

‘Straight Talk’ on Health Care Exchange

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Jacqueline Thomas Julie Mortier, 66, a retired Valparaiso teacher and school administrator, is one of a half-dozen AARP volunteers working to educate Hoosiers about the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). She talks to groups around the state—mainly made up of seniors—about the changes they can expect in January. Often, she is able to calm their fears that the system “is going to collapse.” Among the most frequent questions: “How much more will it cost?” “Will I be able to go …