Free flu shot event to take place near Ann Arbor on Thursday
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Health Department announced Monday it will be holding a no-cost flu vaccine event in Manchester this week. The event had previously been postponed, but the department has received flu vaccine supplies in full. The Health Department urges those with health insurance to go to their health provider or to a pharmacy to receive a flu vaccine, if they are able. Getting vaccinated against the flu can also reduce the risk of becoming sick with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. For more information about the Health Department and to see other community flu vaccine events, visit washtenaw.org/flushots.
‘Obamacare’ sign-ups begin as millions more are uninsured
WASHINGTON – Millions of Americans who have lost health insurance in an economy shaken by the coronavirus can sign up for taxpayer-subsidized coverage starting Sunday. Hard numbers on how virus-related job losses have affected health coverage are not available because the most reliable government surveys will not be out until next year. That's on top of 26 million uninsured last year, before the pandemic, or about 8% of the U.S. population. Some private businesses, such as HealthSherpa.com, have created a niche market helping people enroll in HealthCare.gov plans. But, Dorn said, “a lot of people who need health insurance may not know there this is there chance to sign up."
Here's how much health insurance costs if you retire early
Health insurance is a large budget item for many Americans. The average health insurance plan costs nearly $5,500 per year for an individual and close to $14,000 for a family, according to a 2020 study by eHealth. And if you are among the 49% of Americans who receive health insurance through your job, there is a good chance your health insurance will get much more expensive. The millions of people with nongroup insurance, however, may become eligible for subsidies if their income drops enough in retirement. Check out this video to hear from people who retired early and to learn how much you can expect to pay for insurance if you retire early.cnbc.com
Here's how to lower the price of your health insurance
Health insurance isn't getting any cheaper. Insurance costs have increased 740% since 1984, according to data company Clever. While the inner workings of health insurance can get complicated, the basics are pretty simple: You pay money every month so that when you have an accident or get sick, your medical costs aren't so expensive that they bankrupt you. Two of the most important terms in health insurance are "premiums" and "deductibles." Check out this video to see how the two work and to learn how you can use them to get the most out of your insurance.cnbc.com
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to cover COVID-19 treatment through 2020
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network announced Tuesday that COVID-19 treatment will come at no cost to members through December 31, 2020. June 9, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 59,107; Death toll now at 5,698The insurance providers previously announced the no-cost coverage for COVID-19 treatment would end on June 30. Thanks to the valiant efforts of our front-line health workers, our health systems and our governmental leaders, Michigan has flattened the coronavirus curve. Still, the virus remains in our communities and many people continue to suffer, said BCBSM President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp. Blue Cross wants our members in Michigan and across the nation to rest assured that, should they contract the COVID-19 disease, they wont have to worry about the financial cost of fighting it.Visit BCBSMs website here for more information.