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Experiments in Happiness: No Alcohol, Week Two

Shannon Deep | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Shannon Deep

Recap: My New Year's resolution is to stop externalizing my happiness. This year, I'm focusing on my own behaviors and thought processes and experimen...

Fewer Americans Struggle To Pay Medical Bills

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the fourth straight year fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills, according to a major government survey released ...

I'm Behind on My Health Insurance Premiums. How Long Will They Pay My Claims?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Christina LaMontagne

When life throws a curveball, like a recent job loss, financial chaos can ensue. Losing one-fourth of your income is pretty significant, so your inability to stay on top of your premium is understandable.

The Deadly Aftershocks of Medical Debt on Your Credit Report

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Thanks to muscular promptings by NY State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies announced changes in the way in which medical debt will be scored when they deliver an individual's credit report.

How Do I Spot Medical Billing Errors?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 04.27.2015 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

The complex world of medical billing is ripe for errors. As many as 250 people -- from the nurse to the medical coder -- could be involved in generating just one bill. With all of those hands touching the bill that will ultimately end up in your mailbox, it's no wonder some experts estimate as many as 80 percent contain mistakes.

What Is Balance Billing?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Christina LaMontagne

When a medical provider is part of an insurance network, he agrees to offer discounted rates on services. Out-of-network providers are not bound by this agreement.

Why Your Hospital Will Start To Act More Like Amazon

Tomer Shoval | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Tomer Shoval

There is a massive shift in health care today that will change the way in which all of us interact with hospitals. And I'm not speaking about actual medical care or even the quality of the food in the cafeteria. I'm talking about how we pay for our medical bills.

How Can I Negotiate an Sky-High Ambulance Charge on My Medical Bill?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 12.28.2014 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

Negotiating a lower balance, even if you can't pay it off in a lump sum, will remove a considerable burden from your shoulders.

Money, Power and Your Health

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

There is little doubt that lack of sufficient money constitutes a major stress and contributes to bodily ills. Our attitudes toward money undergird much of our lives, impacting our lifestyle and sense of well-being. Yet many of us ignore the task of managing our finances, often with dire consequences.

4 Ways A Large Medical Bill Could Sabotage Your Retirement (And What To Do About It)

Napala Pratini | Posted 10.12.2014 | Fifty
Napala Pratini

Whether you plan on spending your golden years sprawled out on a beach chair, pursuing a passion, or spending all your time with those who are closest to you, you'll need to be financially prepared. Part of having a robust game plan is being aware of the various expenses -- such as large medical bills -- that could damage your retirement.

4 Whopper Credit Card Mistakes To Avoid

David A. Dedman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

You could really argue that having credit card debt in the first place is a mistake. However, credit cards can be a great financial tool as long as they are used responsibly. Think before you charge.

Watch Out: These 5 Forgotten Items May Blow Up Your Credit

Glen Craig | Posted 03.28.2014 | Money
Glen Craig

You're probably watching obvious items like your credit cards, and making payments on time, but there might be some forgotten items causing problems with your credit, and dragging down your score.

Washington Watch: "GOP Betting Against Obamacare?"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

The GOPers in the House are going for the gold -- voting for the 50th time to repeal Obamacare! There are so many pending issues that need attention ...

Yes, Obamacare Critics, Health Insurance Does Make You Healthier

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Critics don't want to admit that they've run out of criticisms of Obamacare. The website is working, enrollments are surging, and millions of Americans are getting affordable, high-quality health insurance.

America's Health Care Crisis Is Far From Over, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.29.2014 | Business

Even Americans who have health insurance struggle to pay their medical bills, according to a startling new analysis of Census data. And it's not clear...

Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

14 hospitals in the United States are charging more than ten times their costs for treatment. Specifically, for every $100 one of these hospitals spends, the charge on the corresponding bill is nearly $1,200.

The Worst Part About Breast Cancer

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

The patients who reach out while in the quicksand of catastrophic illness, like the 49-year-old man who was terminated by his insurance company because he had the nerve to contract brain cancer, are equal parts heartbreaking and inspirational.

One Oath to Unite Us

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

When the dedicated, expert hospital staff saves a life -- yet the survivor loses all of his assets down a fiscal rabbit hole because of wildly inflated medical bills -- how is the hospital honoring its vow?

Study: Wiser Prescription Drug Use Could Cut Health Costs By Billions

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. -- If doctors and patients used prescription drugs more wisely, they could save the U.S. health care system at least $213 billion a year...

Jeffrey Young

Big Percentage Of Families Struggle With Medical Bills, CDC Survey Reveals | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business

More than 1 in 5 Americans under age 65 had problems paying medical bills in 2011, and the burden disproportionately fell on the poor, the uninsured a...

Is Debt Settlement Possible for Hospital Bills I Could Not Afford?

Steve Rhode | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, One of my children experienced a medical condition in the fall of 2012 that required hospitalization. ...

Navigating the World of Health Insurance: A Checklist

Erin Havel | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

Battling insurance corporations who do not want to pay for that $8,000 a month chemotherapy drug you need to survive while you are also battling cancer, is tremendously taxing. Here are a few very basic tips I learned through my own struggles with illness and insurance.

Catherine New

The Lame Reason A Retired Man Is Denied $1,100 Per Month | Catherine New | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business

For Marvin Burrows, the grief of losing his partner in 2005 was quickly followed by a different emotion: devastation as his financial life crumbled ar...

Ending Price-Gouging: Brill's Time Article and the Next Chapter in Health Reform

Diane Archer | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Diane Archer

In his extraordinarily well-documented expose on the medical-industrial complex, Steven Brill explains thoroughly and repeatedly what serious pundits, policy experts and policymakers have failed to see or have feared to say: there is no free market in health care.

5 Tips For Avoiding Medical Debt

U.S. News And World Report | Ben Edwards | Posted 03.03.2013 | Fifty

Medical debt is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in the United States. Here are a few ways to lower your health care expenses: 1. Find catas...