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New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign. Posted on Jan 2

New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign.

Many Americans are looking to 2019 to be a year of self-improvement, with the most common resolution being a greater dedication to health and fitness.  If you plan to purchase a gym membership to kick start your new healthy lifestyle, make sure you have all   …Continue Reading New Year, New You? What consumers should know about gym memberships before they sign.

Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019 Posted on Nov 13

Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019

  The Open Enrollment period for obtaining health insurance coverage from the Massachusetts Health Connector for 2019 is November 1, 2018 through January 23, 2019. Open Enrollment is the only period of time that Massachusetts and federal law permit individual consumers to purchase an insured   …Continue Reading Open Enrollment: Enrolling in Coverage for 2019

Federal Government Phasing-Out Social Security Numbers on Medicare Cards Posted on Dec 7

   Legislation passed by Congress and signed into law in 2015 requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to begin the process of issuing new Medicare cards that do not display Social Security numbers. The law requires HHS to issue modernized cards   …Continue Reading Federal Government Phasing-Out Social Security Numbers on Medicare Cards

Massachusetts Health Insurers Now Required to Provide Prices in Real-Time Posted on Oct 1

Starting October 1, health insurance companies in Massachusetts must provide online cost estimator tools for their members to compare the price and out-of-pocket costs of certain healthcare services, procedures, or hospital admissions.

Response: Consumer Reports Rates Surgery (Commonhealth Blog) Posted on Aug 5

Healthcare consumers have been in the dark, but Consumer Reports continues to shine a light on information consumers can use to make informed decisions in the healthcare marketplace. As Martha Bebinger states in her recent article, there is a “void” of groups providing information to answer   …Continue Reading Response: Consumer Reports Rates Surgery (Commonhealth Blog)