Health

Mental health in the LGBTQ community

Nearly 20 percent of the adult U.S. population lives with mental illness, and LGBTQ individuals are nearly three times more likely than others to be in that group. While the stigma surrounding mental disorders and the prejudice against LGBTQ individuals have lessened over the years, both are still pervasive in our society. And LGBTQ people […]

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ACA, Health

Does Obamacare cover drug rehab?

Millions of Americans have drug addictions that require treatment, but until recent years, drug rehab and other treatments often resulted in high out-of-pocket costs, making them inaccessible for many. In fact, only approximately 11 percent of the nearly 22 million Americans who need substance use treatment receive it, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental […]

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Medicaid

Do I qualify for Medicaid?

Health insurance and healthcare costs can be high in the United States compared to other developed countries, but there are subsidies and public assistance programs that can help. One of the biggest programs is Medicaid. What exactly is Medicaid and how do you qualify for it? Read on to learn more. What is Medicaid? Medicaid […]

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Subsidy or Tax Credit

What are cost-sharing reductions and how do they work?

Healthcare costs in the United States can be extremely high, making it crucial to have health insurance. In order to make health care more affordable for Americans, the Affordable Care Act was crafted to include two subsidy programs. Thanks to these subsidies, a HealthSherpa study found that 18% of ACA enrollees are not paying anything […]

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Health Insurance

Health insurance for freelancers: your guide to enrolling

More than a third of Americans get part or all of their income from freelancing these days as more people look for flexibility in their work lives. Studies project that by 2020, up to half of the American workforce will be self-employed, freelancers, and independent contractors. While freelancing provides freedom and flexibility, it lacks the […]

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ACA, Health Insurance

How much does Obamacare cost?

Average health insurance costs for employer-sponsored health insurance in 2017 was approximately $558 for individual coverage, with average monthly employee contributions of approximately $101, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But what about Americans who have to buy their own health insurance? Here’s how much Obamacare costs and what factors can increase or reduce how […]

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Health

15 tips to boost your mental health

Mental health is defined as a state of emotional, psychological, and social well-being. To be in prime mental health means being able to work productively, maintain healthy relationships, navigate stress, bounce back from adversity, contribute to society, and realize your own potential. Use these 15 tips to boost your mental health and help improve your […]

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Medicaid, Medicaid Gap

What does it mean to be in the Medicaid gap?

Americans who don’t have access to health insurance through their employer have long had to buy individual health insurance plans, provided that they could find one they were eligible for and could afford. Thanks to the protections and subsidies offered by the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million Americans have gained access to individual […]

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Health

Understanding depression – what everyone should know

More than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization, making it one of the most common mental disorders and the leading cause of disability. Given its prevalence, here are some things everyone should know about depression. Learning this information can help you understand those around you suffering […]

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Women’s healthcare

How to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer affects thousands of women and their families globally as one of the most fatal female cancers. In working towards a cure, it’s important for more women to become aware of the incredible danger that ovarian cancer poses. In this article we talk about the risk factors associated with this disease, go over the […]

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Health

Spreading the word: why we need to talk about mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but it’s important to talk about mental health all year round. In large part, this is connected to the societal stigma that has plagued mental illnesses. But this topic is about more than just disorders. Here’s what else it covers and why it’s important to talk about mental health. […]

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Health

Transgender healthcare coverage in the United States — what’s covered and what’s not?

For a long time, transgender individuals in the United States had a hard time accessing healthcare. It wasn’t just that healthcare providers and health insurance companies wouldn’t cover transition-related services such as gender reassignment surgery. Often, transgender individuals had a difficult time trying to get basic preventive care or even getting insured, as many insurers […]

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