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Published onJanuary 30, 2015

Didn’t have health coverage in 2014? Find out if you’ll pay a fee

Starting in 2014, every person in the U.S. must have minimum health coverage or an exemption – otherwise they may pay a fee on their federal tax return. Many people without health coverage can get an exemption from the fee because of a special situation, like not having affordable health insurance plans available to you, having only a short gap in coverage, or being eligible for services through the Indian Health Service. Also, if you had coverage starting in May 2014 or earlier, you qualify for an exemption for those months in 2014 before your coverage started.

Published onJanuary 23, 2015

Beware of email phishing scams

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has reported an email phishing scam targeted at Marketplace consumers. The phishing emails claim to come from a U.S. Federal Government Agency and reference the Affordable Care Act in the subject line. All official Marketplace emails are from Marketplace@HealthCare.gov.

If you get this phishing email or any email you aren’t sure is legitimate, delete it immediately or ignore it. Here’s what else you need to know:

Published onJanuary 22, 2015

Form 1095-A and your tax return

If you or anyone in your household enrolled in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace® in 2014, this tax season you’ll get a new Form 1095-A — Health Insurance Marketplace® Statement. You’ll get it in the mail by early February and use it to file your 2014 federal income tax return. Keep it with other important tax information, like your W-2 forms and other tax records.

When you get Form 1095-A, make sure the information matches your records. Check things like coverage start and end dates and the number of people in your household. If you think anything’s wrong, contact the Marketplace Call Center.

Published onSeptember 24, 2014

14 facts about the Health Insurance Marketplace®

The Health Insurance Marketplace® makes it easier to find quality, affordable coverage. Millions of Americans have already gotten coverage, many for the first time.

Published onSeptember 22, 2014

What to do after your doctor visit

Now that you’ve found a doctor and had your first visit, you may be wondering what to do next. It’s important to follow through with your doctor’s recommendations.

Published onSeptember 11, 2014

Key dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace®

Are you ready for the next Health Insurance Marketplace® Open Enrollment Period? Open Enrollment is the time when you can apply for a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or pick a new one.

Published onSeptember 9, 2014

Deciding what doctor is right for you

Your health and well-being are important and personal. You should choose a doctor or other health care provider that you can work with, trust, and feel comfortable talking to.

Published onSeptember 4, 2014

Tips for your first visit to a new provider

On your first visit to a new provider, remember to bring your insurance card, photo ID, and your copay if you have one. It’s also important to show up early for your appointment!

This first visit will help your provider understand your health and lifestyle so you can work together to make improvements.

Published onAugust 21, 2014

Making an appointment

When you make your appointment, it’s important that you have your insurance card or other documentation available, in case you’re asked to provide insurance information.