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Sick Daze: Health Insurance and Freelance Writing

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Trying to keep up with the health insurance trends at the moment can be frustrating, but going without insurance can be downright frightening. Lately, I’ve been doing some investigation of my own, and though I wish I could say I’ve found the Holy Grail in affordable health insurance for us writers, sadly, that is not the case. Health insurance continues to be cost-prohibitive to many of us in the field. So, while I can’t point to any one place and say “There! Get your health insurance there!”  I thought it might be helpful to share a roundup of some of the best resources that answer some common questions.

What should you know about health insurance?

The National Association for the Self-Employed has a basic guidebook: A Guide to Understanding Health Coverage for Micro-Businesses (2009).

What health insurance options are available for freelance writers?

Carol Tice provides answers to that question in an article on Freelance Switch: Healthcare for Freelance Writers: 11 Viable Options. (The nice thing about this article is it was written specifically for writers.)

Where should you look for health insurance if you are self-employed?

In a recent Forbes article, Kerry Hannon compiled a comprehensive list of places (with outbound links) to find health insurance: Where to Find Health Insurance If You Are Self-Employed in 2012.

How can you save money when shopping for health insurance?

Finally, no roundup on health insurance would be complete without a link to shopping tips. At the beginning of this month, Carrie McLean, shared 5 tips for buying affordable health insurance when you work for yourself.

Do you have any health insurance resources to share? Please post them in the comments.

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