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Millennials in Need: Crowdfunding Health Care

Health care is perhaps one of the most loaded terms for millennials, right alongside student debt and unpaid internships. Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which allowed individuals to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26 and implemented the individual mandate in 2014, receiving medical care at an affordable cost is a challenge for those who struggle to make ends meet. High deductibles and patchy coverage mean even those with health insurance often run the risk of being bankrupt by the high cost of care. ...more

Healthcare Firm pays Big Bucks for Breach

A data breach can slug below the belt and knock a healthcare business flat on its back, as was the case with Columbia University and the New York and Presbyterian Hospital....more

Healthcare Data under Attack

Crooks want your health information. Why?It’s called medical identity theft, and it’s not going away too soon. In fact, the ACA (Affordable Care Act) has only fueled the situation, says the Ponemon Institute, a security research firm....more

Health Care Information Breaches rise

Medical errors can also mean medical identity theft—accounting for 43 percent of all 2013 identity theft in the U.S., says the Identity Theft Resource Center. Medical identity theft kicks other forms of ID theft to the curb: banking, finance, government, military and education....more

Minimalism + Compassion = Healthcare for All

I usually stay away from politics here on SMART Living, but for an obvious reason healthcare is on my mind this week.  But let me be clear, I don’t think that healthcare is or should be a political issue.  Instead, our health and its care are two issues that touch every single human on the planet—including those of us who practice simple living or minimalism....more

The Role Of The Doctor: Pharmacist Or Therapist?

Recently, I led a teleclass with Dr. ...more
As you mention most doctors don't have much time when it comes to spending time with their ...more

I Am Pregnant and Uninsured in America

My health insurance ran out on December 31st. The nice lady with Cigna quoted me in the ballpark of $750 a month to maintain my insurance through COBRA for 3 months, which wouldn't have gotten me to my due date. No insurance company will take me because pregnancy is considered a pre-existing condition. Like cancer. Not that it matters, since I can't afford self-pay coverage, anyway. Any plan I can afford has a deductible so high that if I did find myself in a situation in which I needed to use the health insurance, I'd go bankrupt, so, in the end, I don't see the point....more
I just found out i'm pregnant, and I need to know that there's a part 2 to this...I'd love to ...more

I'll Pay More For A Pizza

The fundamental premise of this essay is this, and if you don’t agree, then none of the words that come after these will make sense to you or sway you to my position: Health is a right, not a privilege.So if you’re with me there, then perhaps you’ll find something useful in the next several paragraphs. My position, founded on the statement above, is honed in 20 years health care experience that includes working as provider in a country that operates a “socialized medicine” model....more
@in_mandyland I remember a month when my children's medication were $600 I did not know what I ...more

Answering the Proverbial Political Question

 “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”It’s a simple question, which is why political strategists on any side like to use it in every election – whether a candidate is running for mayor or president. But, as I pondered it over the past two weeks during the conventions, I learned it’s not always a simple answer.Four years ago I was working as a news editor for a major cable television network in Manhattan. I was in the process of looking at houses in an upstate New York neighborhood where I had always wanted to live....more
Yes, I am better off than I was four years ago.  Mostly because of personal reasons having ...more