My Sibling Has Disabilities, My Parents Have Died – Now What?

This is such a difficult scenario, yet it happens every day. A child, perhaps mentally or physically disabled from birth, or one who might have suffered an accident earlier in life, grows into adulthood, having been cared for by very loving parents who did everything they could possibly do to care for their child. As …

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The Dangers of Having Great Health Insurance

On occasion, in a conversation with new acquaintance, they’ll ask me what I do for a living. I tell them I established and run the most comprehensive directory of independent, private health and patient advocates and care managers online, supported by a marvelous professional organization whose members populate the directory. “Independent and private?” they ask …

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Are Health or Patient Advocate Services Covered by Insurance?

This is a question I get asked frequently:  If I hire a patient or health advocate, will my insurance cover the cost? The answer might surprise you.  It’s yes – and it’s no – as follows, depending on who your advocate works for: There are patient advocates who work for hospitals and insurance companies – …

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How To Make Smart Medical Decisions After Getting Devastating News

Making smart medical decisions can be challenging at any time. Most patients don’t have medical training or experience making such decisions. But making decisions in the face of bad news can feel downright impossible. Jane M. — a smart, savvy, well-liked, well-respected business woman who supervises more than 100 people at work, and who juggles …

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Medicare Patients Beware: Hospitals Take Advantage to Take Your Money

It’s been a bitter pill to swallow for the generation that grew up always trusting that the healthcare system was set up to help them get exactly what they needed, for little or no cost.  That bitter pill comes in the form of the realization that the purpose of the healthcare system is to maximize …

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