What the Rising Cost of Healthcare Is Really Costing Your Family
Usually when we hear about the rising cost of healthcare from politicians and pundits, it’s all about vague generalities, big picture arguments, and — if we’re oh-so-lucky — some confusing cherry-picked statistics. Those sound bites may get headlines, but they’re not very helpful. Everyone already knows that healthcare costs are rising. Most of us just want to know one thing: how will rising costs affect my wallet?
Great Native NC Plants...the Yummy Kind!
It’s summertime in North Carolina, and you know what that means...humidity, humidity, humidity. Oh, and gardens! We’re pretty much a cornucopia around here. Sandy NC soil is great for growing everything from thyme to tomatoes. If you garden at all, you’re probably familiar with both of those crowd-pleasers. But do you know where they came from? It turns out that neither thyme nor tomatoes, nor many other common NC veggies and foods, are actually native to NC! If you want to cultivate some state pride in your garden this year (see what we did there?), here’s a run-down of what native foods you can plant.
Grad Students Across the Country May Lose Healthcare Access
In February, the IRS announced that providing subsidized health insurance to graduate students may not be compatible with the ACA. Yikes. Thousands of Ramen-eating students across the country already struggle with bills, and no one’s sure what happens next. Read more here!
Be Picky: Comparison Shopping for Your Medical Care
You hunt for the best gas prices. You clip grocery store coupons and comparison shop your way through summer jeans sales. So why don’t you shop around for the best healthcare provider prices? Better question: did you even know you could? Say you’re at the orthopedist in Charlotte for a bum knee. She recommends an MRI, and the front desk says that they can set you up an appointment with the radiologist. If you’re like almost everyone, you just say, “Okay!” They schedule the appointment, and you go to the provider they recommend, end of story. It’s just easier, right? Not on your wallet. Healthcare services like MRIs are radically different prices at different offices and in different regions. According to Guroo.com, an average MRI without contrast in Charlotte is $1,082. But if you’re willing to drive an hour and a half to Greensboro for the procedure, chances are it will be hundreds of dollars cheaper; Greensboro’s average price is only $637!
Purely for entertainment value, we bring you...the legislator gator! No, literally. A baby alligator was caught just outside City Hall in Jacksonville, NC. (Apparently even our reptilian friends have a political opinion this election season.)
In Real English: Basic Definitions, Part 1
Welcome to our Basic Definitions series, where we put financial and health terms into actual, understandable English! Part 1: Let’s talk health insurance. If you know your health insurance policy like you know your Beyonce “Lemonade” lyrics, you probably don’t need this blog. But for those of you who, like us, have ever found yourselves swirling around in a chaotic whirlpool of healthcare jargon, we thought we’d do a little bit of clarification. If you have health insurance, you pay for your healthcare in 3 different ways. Those are: Premiums Deductibles Coinsurance Let’s break it down here.