Cindi Gatton

Open Enrollment Time (sigh)…..Again

Like a recurring bad dream, it’s health insurance open enrollment again. Whether you have your health insurance through your employer, from, or Medicare, no doubt your mailbox has been full of notifications with changes to your plan, or solicitations to new options. When I ask people about this, most say they file them in […]

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No Worries. After all, he had insurance.

Kevin* is fortunate to have health insurance through his job with a local construction company. Like most of us, he didn’t look very carefully at his options; he’s 34, generally healthy, and chose the plan with the lowest monthly cost. He makes about $35,000 a year, enough to keep the wolves away, but not enough

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Can Looks Be Deceiving? (Or….what’s up with that hospital survey?)

When I walked into the hospital lobby to visit my friend, I wasn’t sure that I hadn’t arrived in a posh hotel. The marble floors gleamed, and the atrium was filled with plants that made it feel like I’d wandered into a specialty greenhouse. Her room was decorated in matched and muted colors, the hospital

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Finding the Right Doctor…For *You*

As a patient/health advocate, a common call is “I need to find a doctor. Who’s the best for _________ (fill in the blank?)”  Should be a simple question, right? defines “best” as: “of the highest quality or standing: the best work, the best students; or “the most advantageous, suitable, or desirable: the best way.

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