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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

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Your Kids May Qualify for Health Insurance

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Can’t afford health insurance right now? The good news is a new bill signed into law by President Obama makes millions of children eligible to receive health insurance.

Even if you are working and even if you have applied in the past and been turned down, your kids may still qualify.

Each state (which includes all USA states) has its own program, with its own eligibility rules, but in many states, uninsured children 18 years old and younger, whose families earn up to $44,500 a year (for a family of four) are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance that pays for

  • doctor visits
  • dental care
  • prescription medicines
  • hospitalizations and
  • much more

Visit the website to find out more at insurekidsnow.gov

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15 Ways to Cut Your Medical Bills – Work + Money on Shine

15 Ways to Cut Your Medical Bills

This article was just featured as a Yahoo headline for the day. I thought it hada some helpful advice for all of us who are feeling the crunch even more than normal these days. Even when we have insurance, the financial aspect of illness is discouraging. I was trying to plan ahead to have an idea of how much my surgery would cost for my hand.

Instead, cellulitis and an infection, with subsequent visits to ER, rheumatologist, the wound care center, and next week an MRI to rule out a bone infection, has caused a whole lot of $$ that I wasn't planning on. Just my co-pays alone are nearing $1500. It makes me sick to my stomach to think about; and yet, who am I to complain when I am blessed to have insurance through my husband's work?

I hope you find this helpful. Please feel free to posts some of your own ideas you have for saving money on medical expenses too. We'd love to hear them!

Lisa

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15 Ways to Cut Your Medical Bills

These days, we're all feeling squeezed when it comes to health costs — and we're all looking for ways to save. Here are 15 cost-cutters that can put a big chunk of that money back in your wallet.

1. Ask for a freebie. If you're starting a new drug regimen, see if your doctor can give you a sample or a starter kit. That way, you can check whether the medication works for you before you invest in a month's supply. Visit the Good Deals blog to find other money saving deals.

2. Don't bypass your doc. Now that many health plans don't require a referral to see a specialist, it's tempting to skip …