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Published onAugust 21, 2015

Heading back to college? Add health coverage to your must-have shopping list

Published onAugust 14, 2015

Moving? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

Published onAugust 7, 2015

The benefits of health insurance through the Marketplace

No one plans to get sick or hurt, but most people need medical care – like a doctor visit, a prescription drug, a lab test, physical therapy, or counseling – at some point. These services can be expensive.
And if something happens that requires surgery or emergency medical care, it’s really important to have coverage. Fixing a broken leg can cost up to $7,500, and the average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is around $30,000.
The Health Insurance Marketplace® offers a variety of high-quality health coverage choices for routine and non-routine medical services that can work for your family and budget.

Published onJuly 31, 2015

Turning 65 soon? How to transition from the Marketplace to Medicare coverage

If you have a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace® and will soon have
Medicare
eligibility, it’s not too soon to start planning for your coverage to switch.
If you have a Marketplace plan now, you can keep it until your Medicare coverage starts. Then, you can cancel the Marketplace plan without penalty.

Published onJuly 24, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid: keeping us healthy for 50 years

Medicare and Medicaid celebrate 50 years on July 30th!
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicaid and Medicare into law. Medicare and Medicaid began as basic insurance programs for Americans without health insurance. Over the years they have continued to evolve, becoming the standard bearers for quality and innovation providing even more Americans with quality and affordable care.

Published onJuly 17, 2015

5 questions about dental coverage in the Marketplace

Published onJuly 1, 2015

Having a major life event? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

Thinking about moving, getting married, having a baby, or changing jobs? When you make big decisions in life, you may be eligible to buy or change Health Insurance Marketplace® coverage outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period.

Published onJune 26, 2015

5 questions to ask about your new doctor

Choosing a doctor is one of the most important decisions you'll make about your health care. Finding the right one can take a little work, but is well worth it. If you’ve already had your first visit with a primary care doctor under your new plan, ask yourself these 5 questions to make sure your doctor is the right one for you:
  1. Did you feel the doctor cared about your health and about you as a person?
  2. Did the doctor listen to you and address your needs?
  3. Did the doctor use words you could understand and talk to you in a way that made you feel comfortable?
  4. Was he or she respectful of your opinions, culture, and beliefs?
  5. Did you feel like you could ask questions at the appointment or call the doctor later with questions?