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How to Crowdfund Your Health Insurance

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    Around these parts, there's been a lot of talk about crowdsourcing to help fund businesses ever since President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which made it easier for startups and other small businesses to raise cash. Well, here's a new twist: how individuals can use the same approach to cover medical bills.

    I've written before about GiveForward -- and it's co-founder and COO, Ethan Austin, has written for us as well -- though it's just one of many sites people can consider when going down this road. Youcaring.com, indiegogo.com and fundly.com are all sites that help patients raise funds for expenses like surgeries, copays or medications. To clarify: This is for individuals, so, employees, or a boss, say, in a startup to get their costs covered. Not to fund insurance plans overall.

    Fox Business has much, much more on this new trend. The Internet has come a long way since the days of people being afraid of putting their credit-card information online. 

    David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.