• By Dana Sparks

Annoying Acne: It’s Not Just for Adolescents

January 12, 2015

 

Acne is just a teenager problem, right?  No. It can also be an issue for adults, especially women. Twenty-five percent of women in their 30’s get acne and it can plague people for decades. Experts at Mayo Clinic have tips on how to handle adult acne. [TRT 1:46]

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@colleenwiginton

Do employees still receive additional days of PTO when reaching a milestone anniversary of 20 years and more (20 yrs=2.0 additional PTO days, 25 yrs=2.5 days, etc)?

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Does this only apply to Rochester employees ?

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Just to clarify – is the dental premium shown per pay period or per month?

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@jnoaeill

It would be really nice to add the dental and vision for a prepaid card much like the prescription card. I think it would be a great benefit to employees and not have to submit claims.

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You can get a credit card through carecredit.com which is meant for people who have reimbursement accounts! 0% interest for 6 months, it will work for dental, vision, medical and even veterinary care!

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@annmmc

As someone who's spouse works outside of Mayo Clinic, make sure and review your spouse's insurance plan. Chances are it may be better than Mayo's. If your spouse's company offers dental, you can still use Mayo's Dental/Vision Reimbursement to pay for whatever costs that your spouse's dental doesn't cover.

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I agree with Ann M. that you should not assume that your health insurance is better than your non-Mayo spouse's health insurance. That used to be the case, but not anymore. I am switching this month to my spouse's health insurance.

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@dianeh

So Tony, are you essentially saying that rates are based on the historical claims rate for a given demographic group? If so, can we assume that the group "employee + spouse" has a higher volume or cost of claims than the "employee + children" group? That does seem a bit counter intuitive, I have to admit. Do you have any high level claim data you can share with us to help us better understand that?

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Kiddos don't tend to crowns, laser endodontics, and implants.

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@marlenecastellano

Well I’ve said it before and it’s worth saying again. We are very fortunate to work for a world class health organization with significant job security; educational/training programs; steady salary increases despite tenuous economic conditions; great benefits including reasonably priced health insurance; a pension plan and a 403B now with matching; tuition reimbursement; and a myriad of other perks and recognition that come our way throughout the year. I am thankful every day for my job and to be affiliated with Mayo Clinic.

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As a person (with a family of 3) that once had a $5800 per person per year deductible with the monthly cost of insurance above and beyond that, I find that our insurance here is nothing to complain about. There may be better coverage elsewhere, but there is also much worse.

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@ellenfay

I understand why employee-spouse dental increased more than employee-family. Kids don't get crowns, root canals, implants, etc. For the most part, those lucky kids get their teeth cleaned and fluoride treatments.

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Ask your dentist if there are any crowns that can wait until the next year. I have had to wait for a year or so to get a second or third one… They usually are very honest with you about which ones are essential for this year.

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Will we be able to use our bene card for more than prescriptions next year? It takes so long to get reimbursed and there is no way to pay for glasses without using that card.

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@gabrielglad

Why is the Employee + Spouse option garnering by far the largest increase (larger than all the others combined)? It seems that families without children are being penalized more so than those with children that choose to carry dental insurance.

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I can't help believe that this is Mayo's way of discouraging employees from covering their spouses with Mayo's insurance. There's already the $50.00/month penalty we pay in addition to our premiums for employee+spouse medical coverage. Now a large price increase in dental coverage for the same group only? It's a pattern.

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@davidcoleman

I am dismayed that hearing aids are not covered under insurance, nor reimbursable as they once were. Mine will cost $4800 which is even more than the HSA covers. Are there any other payment options I'm not aware of?

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As someone hearing impaired, I agree. It's endlessly frustrating to work at a "world class" institution which directly discriminates against a disability as common as hearing loss.

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@davidcoleman

I am dismayed that hearing aids are not covered under insurance, nor reimbursable as they once were. Mine will cost $4800 which is even more than the HSA covers. Are there any other payment options I'm not aware of?

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Removing hearing aids from the plan will also ensure that people like me will have to look outside of Mayo for hearing assistance as well as save Mayo Clinic money. My hearing is not optional, and the "options" listed to help me are a drop in the bucket when considering it will cost over $5000 just to maintain the hearing that I have now, and much more to bring me to the baseline that others can hear. I work in a lab with large amounts of background noise and, yes, I lipread well enough to get by, but as my hearing declines, I will be forced to either go to another employer who does fund hearing, or pay a massive chunk of money. This is a systematic abuse of a large group of disabled people. I find it sad that Mayo feels discrimination against a disabled employee is an acceptable method of avoiding ACA fees when there are many other employers who do offer hearing aid coverage.

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@davidcoleman

I am dismayed that hearing aids are not covered under insurance, nor reimbursable as they once were. Mine will cost $4800 which is even more than the HSA covers. Are there any other payment options I'm not aware of?

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My family member has had hearing aids all her life, she has yet to find a plan or a business that covers her hearing aids, in fact I have only heard of one place that has ever covered hearing aids and that would be the VA.

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@davidcoleman

I am dismayed that hearing aids are not covered under insurance, nor reimbursable as they once were. Mine will cost $4800 which is even more than the HSA covers. Are there any other payment options I'm not aware of?

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I believe you but that is awful. Meanwhile, I can order multiple pairs of prescription eye ware (needed to do my job) in fashionable styles and colors, to coordinate with my wardrobe. It seems unjustifiable and indefensibly wrong and discriminatory to make it so expensive and so difficult to have hearing loss needs covered.

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@davidcoleman

I am dismayed that hearing aids are not covered under insurance, nor reimbursable as they once were. Mine will cost $4800 which is even more than the HSA covers. Are there any other payment options I'm not aware of?

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Unfortunately, we are likely to be seeing a lot more of these types of changes as the ACA continues to develop and progress. While I feel really bad about the changes that are affecting many people in terms of coverage, we all have to understand that Mayo is simply reacting to the implementation of this law and planning in order to remain solvent and keep us all employed. The hearing aid and medical devices information was very clear when this law was rolling out. Sometimes things aren't as wonderful as they seem and people need to pay close attention to how they will truly be affected. Just my two cents.

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@davidcoleman

I am dismayed that hearing aids are not covered under insurance, nor reimbursable as they once were. Mine will cost $4800 which is even more than the HSA covers. Are there any other payment options I'm not aware of?

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I think the most truly upsetting part of Mayo's refusal to find a way to make hearing aids work into the healthcare plan is that, when my hearing is far enough gone that I am deemed unable to do my job, they could let me go. I suppose before then I will have gone out and spent my savings to make sure that can't happen, but why should it? The health plan covers breast pumps, glasses, reconstructive surgeries, etc., but not something that qualifies me as disabled? For instance, hearing impaired people are not allowed to drive in some states!

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