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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 5, 2014

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

Thinking about moving, getting married or having a baby? When you make big decisions in life, you may also become eligible for Marketplace coverage outside of Open Enrollment through a Special Enrollment Period.

Use our screener now to find out if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

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 22, 2014

Help your kids start the school year strong with health coverage

Help your kids start the new school year strong by making sure they get the health coverage they need. With Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), they can get check-ups, immunizations, eye exams, and other care they need to participate in classroom and after-school activities.

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.

Published onAugust 12, 2014

Still need to send documents to the Marketplace? If you get a letter this week, time is running out.

We’ve been reaching out to some of you by mail, email, and phone if some information you gave us on your Health Insurance Marketplace® application doesn’t match the data we have on file. It’s important that you submit the documents we need so we can help you stay covered through the Marketplace and keep any help you get with premiums and cost-sharing.

We know you’re listening because we’re getting thousands of documents every day and are working around the clock to review these documents to confirm you are eligible for Marketplace coverage. If you’ve mailed or uploaded documents already, we’ll let you know as soon as we’ve finished reviewing them.

Published onAugust 11, 2014

Finding a provider

Choosing the right provider is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care. We can help you find the right one.

Remember, you’re looking for a provider you can trust and work with to improve your health and well-being, so take time to think about what you need. Depending on how complicated your health care needs are, you may need to see more than one type of provider.

Published onAugust 5, 2014

Breathe easier with Medicaid and CHIP coverage

Your kids can get the care they need for allergies, asthma, or just a common cold. And you can breathe easier knowing that coverage is just a click or phone call away.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offer free or low-cost health coverage for kids and teens up to age 19. Parents may be eligible for Medicaid too.

Published onAugust 4, 2014

Knowing where to go for care

It’s important that you know where to go for medical care when you need it. There are some big differences between visits to your primary care provider and visits to the emergency room, such as cost, time spent waiting for care, and follow up.

Getting regular medical care: Primary care providers work with you to ensure that you get the right preventive services, manage your chronic conditions, and improve your health. Before you go to the doctor’s office, clinic, or health center, visit your health plan’s website and check their provider directory online. You can also call your insurer directly with questions or call a provider to see if they accept your health plan.

Published onJuly 29, 2014

4 ways young adults can get covered this summer

Young adults have several options for getting covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace®.

1. Apply during a Special Enrollment Period

You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period and not even know it. Did you recently get married, have a baby, adopt a child, or move? Did your student health plan just expire? If so, you may be able to get Marketplace coverage outside of Open Enrollment.