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  • 01:01

    Health Insurance Countdown - Get Yours Now!

    in Health

    Join Partners in Health and Biz talk show host Gail Dixon this Saturday, January 31, 2015 and learn what you can do now to get affordable health coverage before the February 15, 2015 deadline and avoid a tax penalty this April. Call into the studio with your questions and/or comments: 347-945-7433.


    If figuring out your 2015 health insurance is still on your "To Do" list, here are the three things you need to know:



    It's not too late! Open Enrollment is...well, open! If you haven't applied for coverage, you still have time.
     
    Have coverage from last year? Check to see if your current plan is still the best one for you. Many carriers have changed their pricing and you may want to choose a different plan.
     
    Worried that health insurance is too expensive? Many people qualify for a tax credit subsidy that lowers the premium they pay each month. Example: subsidies are available for individuals with income between $11,670 and $46,680, or a family of four with income between $23,850 and $95,400.



    Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage runs through February 15, 2015. During this time you can sign up for new coverage, change plans, or find out if you can get help paying for your coverage.

  • 01:10

    The Exchange - Counterpunching

    in Sports

    Both the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final have given us some exhilarating moments thus far. Why? Because the underdogs have been counterpunching.


    On The Exchange, Sumit and Jason will dig into both championship series as both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tampa Bay Lightning have temporarily upended predictions over the last couple of nights. They'll be joined by The Sports Fan Journal's Dillon Friday to talk about where both series stand and where they may end up in one week's time.


    Come through The Exchange in the chat room, on Twitter (@skd_thExchange, @asportsscribe & @noclassfriday) and on the phone lines at 347-202-0247.

  • 01:23

    The Exchange - Round 2, FIGHT!

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    With a guaranteed new NBA champion thanks to the elimination of the San Antonio Spurs, it seems as if the Golden State Warriors can cakewalk into the NBA Finals, right?


    Honest to the sports gods, nothing could go so simply.


    On The Exchange, Sumit and Jason dive into the ongoing second round of the NBA playoffs as the four conference semifinal series have wide-ranging stories of intrigue. With Atlanta and Washington, could the Wizards keep this unexpected run going after stumbling out of the top four in the East or will the Hawks remember they are the number 1 team in the conference? Between Cleveland and Chicago, how will the Bulls keep rolling against the Cavs despite questions about their head coach's future? Out west, how do the Golden State Warriors keep winning despite solid defense on the league MVP Stephen Curry by a battered Memphis Grizzlies squad? And with the first game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers in the bag, is Blake Griffin the best player in the playoffs right now?


    Come through The Exchange live in the chat room, on Twitter (@skd_thExchange, @asportsscribe) and on the phone lines at 347-202-0247. Don't forget to add us to iTunes and Stitcher Radio!

  • 00:45

    Health Care Payments, Life Insurance and Health Incentives

    in Business

    On this week's edition of HealthCare Consumerism Radio, the hosts welcome two special guests to the program for a discussion on health care payments, health engagement, life insurance, health incentives and more.


    The first guest on the program will be Vineet Gulati, chief executive officer of HealthExpense. Similar to the shift from pension plans to individual retirement accounts years ago, employers are switching from defined benefit to a defined contribution that their employees control. Therefore, the employee-consumer today has to make more health insurance and health care purchasing decisions. This shift has been rapid, and consumers need to learn very quickly how to use vehicles like HSAs, FSAs and HRAs to cope with this expense-shift. In this interview, Vineet and the hosts will discuss what problems this shift is causing across the health care ecosystem and the innovations that are emerging to deal with these changes.


    For the second segment on the show, the hosts will talk with Tal Gilbert, senior vice president of marketing and innovation for The Vitality Group. Tal and the hosts will be discussing an innovative new solution that brings together life insurance and wellness incentives. John Hancock Insurance recently launched a new approach to life insurance in the U.S. that rewards people for healthy living. Developed through an exclusive, first-ever life insurance partnership with The Vitality Group, the new solution integrates life insurance with a comprehensive healthy living program.

  • 01:15

    The Exchange - Middle Relief (Part 1)

    in Sports

    As the Women's World Cup and Wimbledon are feeding the championship joneses, the NBA and NHL Drafts have passed and football waits for its time to consume America, Major League Baseball would like to have your attention.


    Sumit and Jason bring you two weeks of the summer's game on The Exchange and will be joined by The Sports Fan Journal's Matt Whitener. They will speak a bit on how in the hell the St. Louis Cardinals - not without scandal - are the game's top team with injuries across the diamond. They'll also dive into the impressive youth movement throughout baseball thanks to a half-season's worth of hyped call-ups living up to the billing thus far.


    And of course, there's some sort of free agency frenzy in the NBA? Yep, that, too.


    Come through The Exchange live in the chat room, on Twitter (@skd_thExchange, @asportsscribe & @cheapseatfan) and the phone lines at 347-202-0247.

  • 01:07

    The Exchange - The Trophy is in the Building

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    Championship season is just about over, but controversy never takes time off in sports.


    On The Exchange, Sumit and Jason return to the NBA Finals, which could just as well be over by shortly after the live show. They'll dig into the leading topics of the series, including Finals MVP considerations and the directions of both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers after the final buzzer sounds on the NBA season. Does a Warriors title provide the long-predicted referendum on titles built from long distance shooting? Does a Cavaliers title still prove that a team needs a lead dog/superstar player to win a championship?


    They will also look at the news regarding the FBI's hacking investigation into the St. Louis Cardinals. Where do the Redbirds, the league and new commissioner Rob Manfred go from here? In the litany of scandals in the sports world, how can fans rate this investigation on a scale of "shrug" to "rage"?


    Come through The Exchange live in the chat room, on Twitter (@skd_thExchange, @asportsscribe) and on the phone lines at 347-202-0247.


    Oh, and because it was what would have been his 44th birthday, enjoy tonight's intro.

  • 01:19

    The Exchange - The Future is Now... or November, Actually

    in Sports

    Sure, we have the Summer League, training camp and the preseason, but essentially this is the last night where the NBA gets the large national and global stage until the fall. And on this last night where the fortunes of several teams are going to be determined, it has at least been a memorable one.


    On a Thursday edition of The Exchange, Sumit and Jason dive into what the masses have watched live on ESPN with the 2015 NBA Draft. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll make gratutious jokes about (you know what team) and its fans.


    Come through live in the chat room, on Twitter (@skd_thExchange, @asportsscribe) at the phone lines at 347-202-0247.

  • 00:51

    Introduction to Health Insurance (Blog 6)

    in Education

    Welcome to class 6 of Introduction to Health Insurance. This class completed the course of the introduction to health insurance and will be followed by Health care billing and coding procedures. Your final exam will be sent to you this weekend.


    Enjoy your learning journey!

  • 01:04

    The Exchange - Deflate This!

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    Tom Brady got suspended.


    Four words that have erupted a collective conniption among football fans and media across the country.


    It's almost unavoidable, but in the middle of the NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs, Sumit & Jason will talk about Deflategate on The Exchange. There's anger and some comedy to be had.


    They will also dive into the ongoing conference semifinals in the NBA and the myriad of craziness the games have given us in the last week thanks to buzzer-beaters and injuries to key players.


    Come through The Exchange live in the chat room, on Twitter (@skd_thExchange, @asportsscribe) and on the phone lines at 347-202-0247. Don't forget to add the show on Stitcher Radio! 

  • 00:32

    Iowa health insurance exchange

    in Politics

    Gov. Terry Branstad announced that Iowa and the federal government will partner to run the state’s health insurance exchange in 2014. By the following year, Iowa plans to transition to a state-run model.The launch of the MNsure online marketplace, state leaders had begun certifying thousands of Minnesotans who will get paid to help people sign up for health insurance. They come from groups as wide-ranging as the liberal Planned Parenthood family planning organization and the conservative Teen Challenge addiction program.ST

  • 00:50

    Introduction to health Insurance (Blog 5)

    in Education

    Welcome to class five of Introduction to health insurance. To be successful in this class please be sure to listen to the entire class. You should also have your required text books. Be sure to send your Instructor the attendance flag word at the end of the class.


    Enjoy your learning journey!