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Getting the Most Out of Your Health Insurance

by Kimberly Calder, MPS

If you or a loved one is living with cancer, you know how important your health insurance is to your health and financial stability. Since virtually all health plans are shifting more of the costs onto their enrollees, it is wise to make sure you are getting the best value out of your health plan.

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What You Should Know About Disability Benefits

by Gerald B. Kagan, ESQ

Cancer has temporarily interrupted your career. Treatment is proceeding successfully, but you can’t work. Fortunately, you are entitled to disability benefits through your prior employer’s insurance. You apply and provide required physician information. Surely, the benefits will be approved, right? Wrong.

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What to Do When Your Insurer Won’t Pay

by Laurie Todd

Diagnosed in 2005 with late-stage appendix cancer, I fought my health insurer's denial of care and won. Here are some things you can do to reverse insurance denials.

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Tracking Your Healthcare Information

by Deresa Claybrook, MS, RHIT

After a cancer diagnosis, it can be incredibly helpful to have an easy-to-use method to track your healthcare information. This is especially true if you are seeing multiple physicians. Your healthcare information is often scattered, and there is no real linkage with your healthcare information behind the scenes. Physicians do not routinely forward everything over to the next physicians even though they each keep a separate record on you. Here are six simple steps that can help you track your healthcare information or that of your loved one.

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Dealing with Discrimination in the Workplace

Despite significant gains in cancer survival rates and the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, people with cancer still experience barriers to equal job opportunities. Today, however, most working-age cancer survivors return to work and have the same productivity rates as other workers.

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The Use of Your Medical Information After Employment

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA strictly limits the circumstances under which an employer may ask questions about an employee’s medical condition or require the employee to have a medical examination.

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Maximizing Your Insurance Coverage

by Susan H. Loeb, JD

Part of successfully coping with cancer includes having control over your medical bills and insurance. It’s not easy for anyone, let alone someone undergoing cancer treatment. To maximize your health benefits, you need to know how to navigate the system, safeguard your existing coverage, and understand what is available if you have insufficient coverage or no coverage at all.

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