Tax Season

What you need to know about health insurance and your taxes

You might be wondering why you need to think about your health insurance during tax season. Since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, almost all Americans are required to have health insurance. Once tax season rolls around, you will verify if you did, or do not, have coverage the previous year. The problem is, […]

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Preventive Care

What types of preventive care services are available for women?

In March 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, requiring that Marketplace plans cover preventive care services. Thanks to an additional provision of the ACA, preventive health and wellness services for women were made more accessible than ever in August 2012 — from check-ups and routine screenings to specialty services for […]

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Preventive Care

Which preventive care services are included in your Marketplace plan?

Did you know all health insurance plans bought on the Marketplace guarantee certain services, free of charge? As touched on in “Mental health care and the Marketplace”, every plan must cover a handful of essential health benefits. A few of these include outpatient care, emergency services, hospitalization, pre- and postpartum care, mental health care, prescription […]

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Health Insurance

20 health insurance terms to know before enrolling

Navigating plan and benefit options can be challenging, especially when you’re encountering dozens of potentially unfamiliar health insurance terms. We put together a handy guide that includes 20 of the most common words and acts associated with the Insurance Marketplace, so you can feel confident when comparing and selecting plans. Let’s dive in! 1. Affordable […]

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Health

Mental health care and the Marketplace: what you need to know

More recently, mental wellness and options for care have come to the forefront of larger conversations around health in America. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), coverage for mental health has expanded extensively, with abundant opportunities for care now available to individuals and families. With so many options for plans, researching and selecting effective […]

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Open Enrollment

18% of ACA enrollees pay $0 a month for coverage

With week two of Open Enrollment (OEP) behind us, we’ve enrolled nearly 70,000 people in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance. As reported last week, within the first seven days of OEP, we enrolled double the number of people compared to last year. That trend continues as enrollments through November 14th are up more than […]

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Open Enrollment

Your quick guide to the 2018 Open Enrollment Period

Each year, there is an Open Enrollment Period (OEP) when almost all Americans can buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The dates of the Open Enrollment Period change every year. For 2018, the Open Enrollment Period is from November 1st through December 15th, 2017. Some states have extended their Open Enrollment Period. This […]

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Uncategorized

What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act is a healthcare reform law with three main goals: Expand access to health insurance. In 2009, more than 50 million Americans had no health insurance coverage. People without health insurance got just half as much medical care as those with insurance, on average, and were more likely to end up in […]

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Health

Finally understand your health insurance costs

When choosing a health insurance plan through the Marketplace, it’s a good idea to understand common insurance terminology. That way you will have a better understanding of your health insurance costs, i.e. how much you can expect to pay throughout the year. So if you’ve ever asked yourself, “what is a deductible” or “what is […]

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Health, Hospitals, PCP, Provider Network

How to avoid an out-of-network medical bill

If you or a family member have to undergo a medical procedure, you’re probably already feeling stressed. When an unexpected medical bill arrives afterward, it can feel like the last straw. Especially if it’s an “out-of-network” bill from an “in-network” provider. Read on to learn how to minimize your chances of receiving an out-of-network medical […]

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