Health and Wellness

Caregivers' Circle

Stephanie Erickson

Caregivers’ Circle – How to Lower Health Care Costs and Become Your Own Health Care Advocate – Part 1

Health care costs, co-payments, deductibles, denied insurance claims, HMO, PPO, Affordable Care Act – AHHH!  How can anyone know what is best for themselves and their families when it is all so confusing?  In Part 1 of our two part interview, Michelle Katz, LPN, contributor to ABC news and the author of 3 books, Healthcare for Less101 Health Insurance Tips, and Healthcare Made Easy discusses the in’s and out’s of insurance, choosing a provider and plan, and shares tips on how to be your own health care advocate.  In Part 2, Michelle reviews the Affordable Care Act and then offers tips on how to “shop around” for care in order to reduce healthcare costs and to avoid debt.

When you are visiting multiple healthcare providers, taking multiple medications or managing the care of someone else it can be overwhelming to keep track of medication changes, procedures and tests.  In this week’s Resource Report you will hear about ZibdyHealth, an APP that allows individuals to keep track of and share medical information.