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Ryan Kanable

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Clowns vs. HDHPs

Posted by Ryan Kanable Oct 31, 2016 8:01:24 AM

There’s no doubt about it, if you ask me—clowns are creepy. Over the past few months, they’ve been popping up in unsettling places around America. Along isolated country roads. In dark alleys. Hanging out in cemeteries. Social media sites have been filled with scary clown pictures. Twitter hashtags for #scaryclown, #killerclown, #creepyclown, and more have been all the rage. And Ronald McDonald is laying low.

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Preventive health services available for women at no cost

Posted by Ryan Kanable Oct 7, 2016 8:36:56 AM

Ladies, this blog is for you. Did you know there are more than a dozen preventive health services that, under the Affordable Care Act, you can get at no cost? That means there’s no longer a financial excuse to avoid the doctor. If you’re not using these services, you’re missing out.

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More and more small companies are choosing self-funded group health plans

Posted by Ryan Kanable Sep 1, 2016 2:58:24 PM

Self-funded group health plans, also referred to as administrative services only (ASO) or self-insured plans, have been an option for larger employers for years. But with group health plan costs continuing to rise under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), self-funding is now appealing to smaller employers as well. Why? Because self-funded plans are exempt from many of the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, and because there’s a chance they may save some money.

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Health insurance terminology for Millennials

Posted by Ryan Kanable Aug 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you were born between about 1980 and about 2000, you fall into the Millennial generation. If you were born in the earlier end of this time frame, you’re now in your mid-30s. You’ve likely had health insurance for a few years. But if you were born in the middle of the range or toward the end of it, a health plan is probably not something you’ve thought about much. Or at all.

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Older adults contribute to their communities all the time

Posted by Ryan Kanable May 18, 2016 7:44:30 AM

Older Americans Month, established in May 1963, is a time to acknowledge the contributions that past and current older people have made and continue to make to our country. Maybe it’s advocating for seniors. Maybe it’s working to redefine what “old” means. Or maybe it’s finding new ways to enjoy old passions. Every president since Kennedy has issued a presidential proclamation stressing the importance of acknowledging the efforts of older Americans.

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Tags: Wellness, Seniors

What is a ‘UCR charge’ anyway?

Posted by Ryan Kanable Apr 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Health insurance is most often a beneficial thing to have. When you get sick or injured, it helps you pay your medical bills. The trick with using your health plan is knowing what it covers and what it doesn’t. There can be unexpected costs if you don’t know how your plan works.

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When you’re a patient, ask questions!

Posted by Ryan Kanable Mar 17, 2016 1:58:07 PM

As a patient, you expect to be treated with compassionate, high-quality care. You want to feel safe and confident that the doctors, nurses, and other staff are looking out for you. And as a general rule, they are!

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Are you sleeping well at night?

Posted by Ryan Kanable Mar 11, 2016 3:32:18 PM

This week is National Sleep Foundation Sleep Awareness Week. The health benefits of sleep are many and being well rested also contributes to safety and productivity, according to the National Sleep Foundation. That’s why it’s so important to get the rest you need every day.

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What is a prior authorization and when might I need one?

Posted by Ryan Kanable Feb 25, 2016 10:09:50 AM

Most health plans have lists of services that are covered, lists of services that are not covered, and lists of services that might be covered if you meet certain requirements. Prior authorizations deal with that third type.

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Whooping cough a serious concern

Posted by Ryan Kanable Feb 17, 2016 10:40:35 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a feature on whooping cough. Babies who catch this respiratory infection, also known as pertussis, may have trouble breathing, may develop pneumonia, and can even stop breathing entirely. This serious illness is usually spread by parents, older siblings, or other caregivers who might not even know they’re carrying the disease.

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