Do You Have High Medical Bills?

High medical bills? Are you having trouble paying for your prescription drugs? Does the high medical billsreceptionist at your doctor’s office know you on a first name basis? Do you get Christmas cards from your hospital? Are high medical bills going unpaid because of deductibles, copay’s and coinsurance?

You can get a health insurance plan to cover your high medical bills.

 

Trouble Paying Prescription Drugs?

Many people, even those with “good” health insurance, have trouble paying for their medication. Rx deductibles, copay’s and coinsurance mean every time you fill a prescription you have to pay more.

Sometimes you don’t have any more and may decide to skip your much needed medication because you can’t afford it.

If you only had to pay for your prescription drugs one time and there was no charge after that for the rest of the year, would that help?

 

Are You Spending More Time at the Doctors Office?

Is your car on “autopilot” when it comes to seeing the doctor? Are you in the doctor’s office more than the grocery store?

Are doctor copay’s eating you alive?

Maybe you need a plan that makes it easier to budget your medical bills for the year. This is a health insurance policy that cap’s your out of pocket expenses at less than $1000 per year. Once you hit your out of pocket maximum you stop paying your high medical bills and the insurance carrier takes over.

No more surprise high medical bills.

How simple is that?

 

Does Your Hospital Have a Bed With Your Name On It?

Do nurses on the 4th floor know you on sight? Can you find the emergency room with your eyes closed? How about the radiology department or the infusion therapy clinic?

Infusion therapy can run $6,000 or more per treatment. Renal dialysis averages $3,000. At 3x per week that is $9,000 you are spending just to stay alive.

What if you had a health insurance plan where, for less than one drip session or dialysis treatment you could satisfy your out of pocket maximum for a year?

 

The “All In One” Health Insurance Plan

Georgia Insurance Shop has such a plan and it is available to anyone without regard to pre-existing medical conditions.

The plan is simple. No moving parts.

You pay the first $950 of your medical charges for the year. Your health insurance plan pays the rest.

How easy is that?

Shop and compare now by clicking this link. Instant quotes in 3 minutes or less. No hassle application can be completed in less than 5 minutes.

Stop wasting time at healthcare.flub.

Get real health insurance to pay your high medical bills.

Will Blue Cross of Georgia Cancel My Coverage?

Anthem/Wellpoint, parent of Blue Cross of Georgia, has been in the news over rescinding policies of women with breast cancer. The Reuters article made it appear as if Anthem/Wellpoint had a top secret computer program that was designed to target women who were diagnosed with breast cancer and capriciously cancel these policies.

The logic was as flawed as the reporting which led Reuters to issue a correction. The corrected article was in response to this notice issued by Anthem/Wellpoint explaining the facts.

Rescission (the cancelling of health insurance policies) is not widespread with Blue Cross or any health insurance company. All policies, not just health insurance, have provisions that allow them to deny a claim or cancel a policy if there is proof positive the applicant has lied on the application or misrepresented the facts with regard to their health.

As someone with more than 35 years in the health insurance industry, I can tell you that most people give honest responses to health questions on the application. But I also talk to those who are looking for ways to hide medical conditions in an attempt to obtain coverage. They will say things like, “If I don’t tell the insurance company (about my condition) how will they know?”.

Or sometimes it comes in the form of “I have not been diagnosed with anything so it isn’t a pre-existing condition”.

Both of these approaches will create problems down the road for the applicant and any agent that assists them in filing a fraudulent application.

In all my years I have only had one policy rescinded. The individual who applied for coverage lied about a medical condition and hid the fact they had been treated before applying for coverage. They lied to me, they lied to the health insurance company.

If you are looking for affordable Georgia health insurance we are here to help you find a plan that fits your needs and budget.

One Cancer Survivor's Story

Cyberspace is a wonderful thing. You can “meet” people from all over yet still never REALLY meet.

Over the last few years I have met some really great people from all walks of life. Some of their stories will lift your spirits while others will bring a tear to your eye.

This story of “Sandi” will do a little of both. She is a very brave woman who has faced a lot in the last few months. She posts regularly on a public forum and always has such a wonderful outlook on life. She recently took someone to task who was complaining about having to pay insurance premiums and “getting nothing in return”.

Here (with her permission) is Sandi’s story.

For years and years I paid into insurance, never had a claim, beyond just the usual that they cover, checkups, etc.

THEN, one day, I went for a routine test and lo and behold, they discovered lung cancer! 2 rounds of chemo and 35 radiation treatments later, at a conservative and just a running guess in my head, around $300,000 was expended on me. Came back to edit to let you know that ONE chemo treatment for me was around $12,000 and some change.

A few months later, I went in, AGAIN, just routine test and walked out with a recent bilateral mastectomy, two weeks later, lymph node surgery, I’m currently on the “chemo pill” and looking at that for the rest of my life, working towards having myself rebuilt (my ins. company is picking up the tab for my “boob job” with a plastic surgeon that costs in my area, around $7,000, and I’m grateful for my insurance company picking up that tab, because stuffing my bra was an option as a teenager, but now, not so much. So about now, I’m probably up to around $600K, and if my CT on 11/10 confirms that there is some “movement” in my lung cancer, then I will be back in for more chemo and if so, we will hit a million!

So, should I have been “paid back” as you claim for those years of good health, only to then have them spend close to a million or more on me to keep me alive?

You keep the change, folks, I will be happy to have my insurance!! there is NO WAY that I have paid a fraction of what they have expended on my behalf.

And keep in mind, you just may walk in one day and find that you are not so healthy and you won’t be squawking about those few dollars they kept every month when you need them to expend hundreds of thousands to keep you alive and somewhat comfortable.

Disclaimer: I have no issues with paying for insurance, I have seen what it has done for me so you won’t find this old girl bashing any insurance company over a few bucks I didn’t use in the past. And it is PAST, not passed. Just thought you might like to know.

There was some back and forth where the original complainer tried to justify their position that there should be a refund for premiums paid that did not result in a claim. This person also indicated she had canceled her insurance in protest.

Here is Sandi’s retort.

I would strongly ENCOURAGE you to go back to carrying your health insurance.

You said in your post that you have lost family members due to Cancer and that in and of itself makes you more susceptible.

If you think it was tough for your family WITH insurance, can you imagine what it will be like for you WITHOUT insurance?

I am always looking for ways to cut back and cut out out of fear of what my illness may do to me.

I am continuing to talk to you about this because those years of good health can turn on you in a heartbeat. My life turned completely upside down at 10:54 a.m. on 8/18/09 when I learned about the lung cancer, and then it started, those $12,000 chemo treatments, 10 of those, I set it out for you, but not all of the other tests, mediaendoscopy (sp), CTs, PETs, MRIs, Bone Densities and blood work and after chemo shots and on and on it goes. A new chemo pill that I will be on for the rest of my life, $50 a month, doesn’t sound so bad, but that’s forever, and even a frugal person like me had to do some juggling to work it in with everything else. I had a PowerPort implanted in my chest to make my life easier…

Believe me for all of your chagrin, if you walked a day in my shoes, you would be glad to trade that money over the past 5 years for NOT living like I do.

I’m fortunate than most. I don’t have some big paying job, I’m a peon in a big DC lawfirm, but I learned to be careful with the little money I have, so when this hit, I was not then and am not, so far, yet, living hand to mouth. I was debt free then, am now, but for my mortgage and I have money in the bank, and while I’m no millionaire, I made it my business to become a good strong hundredaire and I can make it.

But this is not only about the physical, being “well”, Cancer does other things, I thought after I finished all the lung cancer treatments they could do, well, I fairly skipped to that mammyslammer in June, figured I’d be wowing the boys at the pool no later than 2:30…not to be, they needed another one to compare, then they wanted a sonigram, then they wanted to do three biopsies…my breasts looked like they had been in a bar fight. No pool for me.

It was/is Cancer. On Sept. 8th, my copay to enter the hospital to let them cut off both my breasts was $200 and the ins. picked up the tab…I won’t be wowing anyone, but thank goodness, I only had to pay that $200, the insurance is picking up the other thousands and I still have more down the road.

Not only does Cancer do a number physically that ins. pays for, there is a lot of mental things going on…I was so distraught that a vain woman like me losing her breasts I went on drugs to keep me from crying every day. Insurance pays, but I thought, it’s done now, I should be OK, I let the scripts run out…bad idea, this morning I have been sitting her with tears in my eyes because I’m having a meltdown, I’m tired, MENTALLY and Physically. But thank goodness, tonight when I get off work I will take a few bucks and pick up my scripts again and no more crying jags.

I just fear that you and folks like you have no idea what an illness can do to you, and be ever so grateful that you went those years without any claims. Walk a day in my shoes and you would say “keep the change” and thank God in His Heaven it is not you, but someone else.

In response to this: Ask yourself -if i wanted “my money” back -don’t you think i would have found a way to get it back by now?

No, I don’t think you could! Not in a billion years will you get that money back.

In response to this: Once again I did not mean to offend anybody and hope nobody takes it personal

I am not offended, I would have to give you the Power to do that and I don’t grant you that permission, and I’m not, the word is “offended”, I am just worried about you and everyone who doesn’t understand that 5 years/10 years/20 years means nothing when an illness hits.

I am talking to you because you are being very foolish and I don’t want anyone to go through what I’m going through, and despite your 5 years of good health, you are NOT immune.

I hope you will think about what I have said and be happy to pay your premium and stay in good health, and if you don’t, then have them to help you along the way…

As I said, she is a brave woman. Throughout her ordeal, she has retained her wit and positive outlook on life. I am truly blessed for having met her, and now, so are you.

Stayin' Alive

Not to be confused with the BeeGee’s song from Saturday Night Live, the cost of staying alive can put a major dent in your wallet. Especially if you don’t have health insurance, or have the WRONG POLICY.

All of my clients in Georgia know that there is more to buying health insurance than just getting a low rate. If the plan has holes in it, they know I will not offer it.

So just how much does it cost to stay alive if you have something like . . . cancer?

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