Healthcare

Can We Talk About Health Care For a Minute?

November 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

Can we talk about health care for a minute? I know, there’s been so much political discussion about it that it is so hard to figure out what’s going on. I’m not going to go into any of that because it’s irrelevant. Why? Because while the new Administration and members of Congress have come up with numerous changes to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), but nothing new has been passed into law. Bottom line is that the same rules apply as when it was enacted in 2014. Why Pay Attention? I bring this up because it’s open enrollment time. Through December 15th, if your state participates in the healthcare exchange, you can sign up or change your current plan. Let’s talk basics first. If you have health insurance coverage through your employer, this doesn’t pertain to you (but it could to someone you know, so don’t stop reading!). If…

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Why Being “Disabled” is a Full-Time Job

July 26, 2017 / 3 Comments

*************************SEEKING APPLICANTS************************* Job Title Chief Medical Officer of Personal Health Affairs (AKA Social Security Disability Beneficiary) Job Description Full-time position, flexible hours. Prerequisite: Ideal candidate would have a background in all of the following areas: analytics, accounting, patient advocacy, medical billing, insurance underwriting, legalese, pharmacology, healthcare administration, Social Security Disability, Medicare & Medicaid. Preference for those with M.D., Ph.D., CPA, RN, NP or Esq. behind their name. Skills: The ideal candidate would be well organized, exhibit patience, possess a friendly phone manner, anticipate problems, show initiative, diligent in finding correct answers and keep meticulous notes. Job Duties May Include: Schedule, prep and arrange transportation for 1-3 doctors’ visits per month. To include compiling a list of questions, a list of medications, changes in symptoms and provide medical records from other healthcare providers Interpret insurance policies and medical billing codes Reconcile medical bills Track payments toward deductibles Inquire about incorrect medical…

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Dear Congressman, Thank You For Your Vote

May 15, 2017 / 0 Comments

Last week, I wrote about the healthcare bill that passed in the House of Representatives, also known as Trumpcare. You can read it here. I challenged you to email, write or call your representative about how he or she voted and to give feedback based on their vote. I wanted to share my letter in which I thank my Congressman for his vote against AHCA. Next week, I’ll share my letter to my Senators about why they need to work across the aisles to change this bill so that it doesn’t negatively affect so many of us in the chronic pain community. Feel free to steal from my letters if you want to reach out to your member of Congress. __________________________________________________________ Dear Congressman, I am Pro-human. Pro-decency. Pro-morals. Pro-healthcare. Based on your vote against the AHCA bill, I am grateful that you are, too. For that, I want to thank…

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Katie Golden

Katie is a professional patient, writer for Migraine.com, US Pain Ambassador, patient advocate, speaker, and freelance writer.

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