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Getting Signed Up: Judith from Texas

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Judith works as a freelance writer in Weatherford, Texas. Through her part-time job she received catastrophic insurance, but it didn’t cover any preventive care and only covered a few thousand dollars a year in costs if a major illness or injury occurred. She decided to look into her options under the Affordable Care Act and Continue Reading

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Not having insurance will cost you, and it’s likely much more than $95

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Going without insurance means taking a gamble on your health – hoping that you won’t get sick or get in an accident and possibly face sky-high medical bills. Of course, you might win that gamble and manage to stay healthy before the next open enrollment period for health insurance. Either way, going without insurance will Continue Reading

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Planning to go without health insurance? Make sure you fully understand the penalties.

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Lost in all the discussion about signing-up for Obamacare is mention of the true cost of not getting covered. If you don’t get coverage by March 31 and get sick later this year, you’ll be in a bind. The deadline to sign up for health insurance on federal and state marketplaces is quickly nearing; and people are Continue Reading

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Getting Signed Up: Richie from North Carolina

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When Richie was laid off from his IT job four years ago, he lost more than just a regular paycheck – he also lost health insurance for his family. Richie’s former employer subsidized COBRA for a little while, but when the subsidies stopped, Richie’s health insurance status became uninsured. Like many Americans, he had a Continue Reading

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Congratulations to Kentucky Equal Justice Center, winner of the 2014 Consumer Reports Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award

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Consumers Union was proud to present the 2014 Consumer Reports Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award to the Kentucky Equal Justice Center. Among their many consumer advocacy efforts, KJEC has done significant work to educate Kentucky consumers about their health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. When Kentucky’s Governor was working to decide whether or not the state Continue Reading

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Employers may face significant financial penalties in states that do not expand Medicaid

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Last month, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services issued a report foreshadowing significant financial penalties for employers in states that fail to expand coverage as allowed under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In the two dozen states that have yet to expand coverage, total employer penalties under the law are set to be dramatically higher than the other half Continue Reading

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Doing the Numbers: Estimating Your Income When Buying Health Insurance on Your State’s Marketplace

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The Affordable Care Act offers discounts in the form of special tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to help people pay for private insurance they buy on their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace. The financial help might be hundreds of dollars a month in reduced premiums. And, you can make as much as $94,000 a year (for a Continue Reading

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Share your experience: Managing your health online

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This month’s issue of Consumer Reports features an article about how consumers can take advantage of electronic medical records and patient portals to improve their quality of care. Now, we want to hear from you about your experience. Starting this year, doctors and some other healthcare providers will receive financial incentives from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Continue Reading

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Getting signed up: Richard from California

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After graduation from college, Richard from Sacramento considered having health insurance a top priority. But on a tight budget, he couldn’t see an affordable way to get covered and went a year and a half uninsured. “I looked into private health insurance because it was worrisome to be without healthcare coverage. It was $150 a Continue Reading

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Marketplace open enrollment continues until March 31

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Did you miss the December 23 open enrollment deadline to buy health insurance on the marketplace? Don’t worry - open enrollment continues until March 31, 2014 for people looking to get signed up for Obamacare this year. About 2 million Americans signed up for private health insurance through federal and state marketplaces before December 24, 2013. Coverage for these consumers Continue Reading

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