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Rob Rhode

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What’s a health insurance provider network and how can it save you money?

Posted by Rob Rhode Feb 26, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Have you noticed that different health plans have different rules about the doctors you’re allowed to see? For example, some health plans require you to receive care only from “in-network” doctors, while others allow you to visit health care providers outside the heath plan’s network and even see specialists without a referral.

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What happens if I don’t buy health insurance in 2014?

Posted by Rob Rhode Feb 21, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Come January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as the health care reform law) will require every American to purchase health insurance. That’s the “individual mandate” part of the law that you heard so much about last year.

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“Paging Dr. Right!” How to research, find, and evaluate potential doctors to meet your medical match (Part 2)

Posted by Rob Rhode Feb 12, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Hello again! Last week, we posted Part 1 of an article with strategies to help you meet your medical match—a good doctor you can trust through every stage of life. These included determining what type of doctor you need, searching for prospective doctors, and checking a doctor’s credentials. Today, we’ll talk about what happens next—from interviewing prospective providers to evaluating your relationship during and after your first visit.

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Tags: health insurance, Individuals & Families, Seniors

“Paging Dr. Right!” How to research, find, and evaluate potential doctors to meet your medical match (Part 1)

Posted by Rob Rhode Feb 5, 2013 3:00:00 PM

Your relationship with your doctor is one of the most important relationships you will ever have. That’s because your doctor is your own personal good-health expert—the person you trust to treat you when you’re sick, provide preventive care to keep you healthy, remind you of important screenings and immunizations, and refer you to specialists if you need them.

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Tags: Wellness, Individuals & Families, Seniors

What is a health insurance pre-approval and when do I need one?

Posted by Rob Rhode Jan 29, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Pre-approval. Pre-authorization. Prior authorization. Whatever you call it, there are times you need it if you want your health insurance company to cover you.

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Health insurance exchanges in Wisconsin--what do they mean for you?

Posted by Rob Rhode Jan 22, 2013 7:00:00 AM

A health insurance exchange is an online marketplace where individuals and businesses can shop, compare, and buy health insurance plans. Mandated by health care reform and set to begin operation on January 1, 2014, health insurance exchanges will offer a choice of different health plans and provide detailed information to help people better understand their options.

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A quick guide to health insurance terms, lingo, and jargon

Posted by Rob Rhode Dec 4, 2012 9:03:00 AM

Do you know what a premium is? How about a deductible? A copay? It’s all right—we know as well as anyone that the language of health insurance can be hard to understand. That’s why we’ve assembled a helpful list of plain-English definitions for 33 of the most common health insurance terms.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Rob Rhode Nov 21, 2012 7:55:00 AM

This holiday, we are thankful for many things: Our friends. Our families. Our fun and talented co-workers here at WPS Health Insurance. And we’re thankful for you, the readers of this blog.

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Tags: Individuals & Families, Seniors

How to make the most of doctor visits

Posted by Rob Rhode Nov 2, 2012 2:29:00 PM

Whether you see your doctor once a year for an annual checkup or more often to manage a chronic condition, it’s important to make the most of every visit. By partnering with your doctor and being proactive about your health, you can feel more informed, more confident about your health care decisions, and more satisfied with the care you receive.

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Welcome to Your Health Matters!

Posted by Rob Rhode Nov 2, 2012 9:11:00 AM

Hello! My name is Rob and I’m one of the people who will be contributing to this blog. As you know, health care and health insurance are among the top concerns for Wisconsin individuals and families, and many residents are eager for information and guidance.

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Tags: health insurance, Wellness, Individuals & Families, Seniors, Get the Best Care