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Healthcare made easy : answers to all of your healthcare questions under the Affordable Care Act
Katz, Michelle, author.
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Avon, Massachusetts : Adams Media, [2015]
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238 pages ; 22 cm
How the Affordable Care Act affects you. Basic terminology ; Paying for health insurance ; Grandfathered insurance plans ; The appeals process ; Managing your healthcare plan ; The ACA and self-employment ; Determining the size of your company -- How to select the right healthcare plan. The different types of healthcare plans ; Medicaid, medicare, and other government programs ; Researching your options for health insurance -- Using your health insurance benefits wisely. Choosing a doctor ; Getting the best care from your doctor ; Choosing the right healthcare treatment ; Obtaining the best preventative care ; Concierge healthcare -- Controlling your healthcare costs. How to deal with insurance problems ; Understanding billing and records ; Controlling medication costs ; How to control the cost of medical procedures ; Controlling medical costs when you have a chronic disease ; How to control costs for mental healthcare ; How to control dental costs ; Using prevention to control healthcare costs.
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An easy-to-understand guide to the Affordable Care Act!

Written by ABC World News ' Real Money expert and healthcare advocate Michelle Katz, Healthcare Made Easy is the ultimate resource for understanding and navigating the Affordable Care Act. Using simple and easy-to-follow language, she answers important questions about the ACA, such as: Are there any exemptions to buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act? What is the new "80/20 Rule"? And what exactly is the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program? What does the ACA mean for small businesses? What benefits must you offer and what are the tax breaks? What is covered for your children under the new CHIP laws? How can you get pharmaceutical companies to lower your prescription costs? With the expert advice in Healthcare Made Easy , you will learn how to get the most out of your healthcare plan without having to sacrifice your needs or empty your pockets.

"Here is a guide, a map through the maze of healthcare decisions facing us all. Michelle has helped a lot of families. She is a champion of the consumer. A truly informed advocate." --Diane Sawyer

"Michelle breaks down complicated laws and insurance regulations to make them understandable to everyone. She provides you with a road map to getting the best healthcare at the most affordable prices." --Tavis Smiley, Author, Television and Radio Host

Author Notes

Michelle Katz, MSN, LPN, is a healthcare advocate, nurse. Real Money expert for ABC World News, and the author of Healthcare for Less and 101 Health Insurance Tips. She was a senior healthcare consultant at Arthur Andersen and consulted in the development of congressional healthcare legislation. Katz's healthcare tips and advice have been featured on NBC's Today show, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Good Morning America, The Doctors, and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Part 1 How the Affordable Care Act Affects Youp. 9
Basic Terminologyp. 11
Paying for Health Insurancep. 25
Grandfathered Insurance Plansp. 36
The Appeals Processp. 43
Managing Your Healthcare Planp. 47
The ACA and Self-Employmentp. 57
Determining the Size of Your Companyp. 63
Part 2 How to Select the Right Healthcare Planp. 67
The Different Types of Healthcare Plansp. 69
Medicaid, Medicare, and Other Government Programsp. 79
Researching Your Options for Health Insurancep. 85
Part 3 Using Your Health Insurance Benefits Wiselyp. 103
Choosing a Doctorp. 105
Getting the Best Care from Your Doctorp. 120
Choosing the Right Healthcare Treatmentp. 132
Obtaining the Best Preventative Carep. 138
Concierge Healthcarep. 148
Part 4 Controlling Your Healthcare Costsp. 153
How to Deal with Insurance Problemsp. 155
Understanding Billing and Recordsp. 159
Controlling Medication Costsp. 175
How to Control the Cost of Medical Proceduresp. 190
Controlling Medical Costs When You Have a Chronic Diseasep. 197
How to Control Costs for Mental Healthcarep. 199
How to Control Dental Costsp. 201
Using Prevention to Control Healthcare Costsp. 205
Conclusionp. 215
Resourcesp. 217
Appendix: Questions to Ask Your Potential Doctorp. 229
Indexp. 231