October 23, 2014

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Stumped by “out-of-pocket maximum”? Remember, only people, kangaroos, and hobbits have pockets.

Term denotes the most you (not your health insurance company) would have to pay per year for covered care I remember as a young adult being confused by the health insurance term “out-of-pocket maximum” or “out-of-pocket limit.” Whose maximum payment amount, I thought – mine or the health insurance company’s? After all, businesses so often [...]

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October 3, 2014

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‘Flu shot or not? That was my question.’

‘Until this year, my answer has always been an emphatic “No!” ’ I have worked for many years in health and human services industries – in group homes, nursing homes, hospitals, government agencies, and now a health insurance company. I also have raised a very healthy daughter. I did all this while turning down the [...]

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September 23, 2014

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‘For me, the upcoming NAMIWalks embody support, kinship’

A UCare policy specialist tells how her mother’s depression spurred her interest in a career in mental health Editor’s Note: Every September, the Minnesota arm of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hosts 5K fundraiser walks that work to raise awareness of mental illness. UCare has been a steady sponsor of NAMIWalks since their [...]

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September 11, 2014

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Are you a UCare member? Would you like to share your story?

We at UCare invite members to tell us their own stories related to health and wellness. To participate, send a one-paragraph summary about your experience or perspective to mparsons@ucare.org. Personal accounts that inspire, challenge, or put things in a different light are especially welcome!

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September 4, 2014

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A year without a car in Minnesota?

I traded my old car for a new bike in July – and pledged not to drive through our next winter Recently, a unique opportunity presented itself to me as a way to attain two goals I never thought I would achieve: Get a nice bike – something new with quality components capable of going long [...]

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August 22, 2014

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“Coinsurance”: when you – not your health insurance plan – must pay for your care

“Co-” means “joint, “mutual” or “common” In today’s Jargon Buster, let’s look at “coinsurance.” If you’re like me, this might be one of those terms you’ve looked up more than once to make sure you understand it correctly. The word’s prefix, “co-,” is telling. When forming a noun, co- means “joint,” “mutual,” or “common.” In [...]

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August 11, 2014

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UCare employee’s inspiring blog post leads to national magazine story

Angelica Weidemann tells Woman’s World more about UCare’s support during cancer battle When Angelica Weidemann blogged about “What UCare has done for my soul,” readers took note. In particular, editors at a national supermarket weekly wanted to know more about Angie, and how UCare supported her as she coped with a frightening breast cancer diagnosis. [...]

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August 1, 2014

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‘My sobriety has … led me to a new and better way of life’

UCare member Corey Franks, who also copes with fibromyalgia, doesn’t let his health challenges get in his way Welcome to my blog post! I’m Corey Franks, and I would like to share a little bit about my life and my experiences with you. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1998 (fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder [...]

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July 25, 2014

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‘When I see the UCare logo at a public event, I feel a burst of pride, thinking, That’s MY health insurance!’

Minneapolis artist Laura Burlis tells about her passion for her work, her health challenges, and why she volunteers on a UCare member advisory committee I’ve been a member of UCare for about 15 years. And for 23 years, I’ve been a visual artist. In the last five years I became entranced by the medium of [...]

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July 18, 2014

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“I say, ‘Art is good for what ails you’ ”

What a depressing winter. And I don’t mean just all that endless snow and the lousy temperatures. Except for how it related to my fall on ice in February and a broken ankle. The winter was hard on my mom, Marie Williams, too. They always are. Effectively trapped in her house, months from being able [...]

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