Recommended Reading and Resources: Bills

When we help clients enroll in insurance products, our overarching goal is for them to fully understand the requirements of their health insurance products so that they can follow the rules set out in their contractual relationship with their insurer. Still, bills sometimes arrive that are questionable and that require investigation and troubleshooting. This service, which uses crowdsourced investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR, dissects and explains medical bills, shedding light on U.S. health care prices so that patients can be more active in managing costs.

Hereis a fabulous summary of resources available to assist older adults in becoming more technologically savvy.

I loved this piece about “deprescribing” as a means of reducing prescription overload.

Recommended Listening and Reading

For those of us who are health care professionals, it’s challenging to understand — let alone influence — those who remain vaccine hesitant. I sometimes wonder if it’s worth the effort.

This podcast, featuring Dr. Daniel Lewis of Greenville, Tennessee, with two of his patients, provided great examples of how to address concerns, giving me optimism and energy to continue to try!

On the same topic, this interactive article is based on the principles of motivational interviewing, a research-backed approach for encouraging people to get vaccinated. It’s used by health care professionals to harness people’s innate drive for change.

Recommended Reading: Unwinding Anxiety

I am a huge fan of Ezra Klein and his podcasts. In this recent one, “That Anxiety You’re Feeling? It’s a Habit You Can Unlearn,” he interviews Jud Brewer, an associate professor of psychiatry at Brown University and the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center. His new book, “Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind,” applies that research to anxiety, which he understands as a kind of addiction. As with any addiction, you must understand its rewards in order to begin addressing it.

Recommended Reading: Remaining diligent


Please, please, remain diligent, even as you obtain your vaccinations for COVID-19. We still don’t know what the impact of the multitude of variants will be. Reading thisshould remind you that youth and good health do not always prevent severe illness and death.

Long-Covid is real and can have a devastating impact on younger individuals, as this article highlights.

Under the Affordable Care Act and as of 1/1/2021, women and girls over 13 can now be screened for anxiety as part of a routine checkup. Read more here.

“It legitimizes the fact that anxiety is a very serious condition that needs treatment and has huge consequences for people, and for women’s lives particularly. It’s not that it’s only in women. It’s just that it’s twice as prevalent in women.”