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Fight! My family tries to pick health insurance for next year. COVID makes it harder.

20 minutes

Keeping the plan we've got means paying $200 a month more. But... would a "cheaper" plan cost us more in the long run? It depends! And COVID makes it a lot more complicated. This stinks.


You can hear my wife and me try to puzzle the whole thing out, and then I debrief with an expert. Who leaves me reminded how lucky we are to have the options we do. HEALTH INSURANCE SUCKS.


But the alternative is so much worse.


If you want to go deeper on health insurance, you might want to check these episodes from our first season:


And here are some other helpful big-picture takes:


Want to go really deep? Like, you're actually looking at buying health insurance, maybe on the Obamacare exchange?

  • I found healthcare.gov to be SUPER-usable this year, way better than last time I checked: I punched in the answers to a few questions, and got to quickly tell it which doctors our family sees (and what meds we take)... and it provided a clear list that showed which plans cover our docs, how much they would cost us, etc.
  • SUBSIDIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR OBAMACARE PLANS. Our pals at the Kaiser Family Foundation—who run Kaiser Health News, our production partners— have this explanation of how they work. (It's a slog, but thorough. Print it out, open a beer, and settle in.)
  • Remember how we said in this episode that lots of folks qualify for a plan with no premium? That's this bit of research from...

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