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What Exactly Does a Case Manager Do, Anyway?

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Image of a health insurance case manager at work.Have you been assigned a case manager by your health plan? Have you been visited by a case manager in the hospital? Did your home health care company assign you a case manager?

If you're not sure what, exactly, a case manager does, what you can expect from her, and why you need one, you're not alone. Learn more in "What Does a Case Manager Do?"


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Avoid Screw-Ups When Youíre Discharged From the Hospital

Friday April 11, 2014

Man Getting Ready to Go Home From the HospitalIf you're admitted to the hospital, nursing home, rehab facility, or home health care services, you'll need a good discharge plan to help make the transition home successful. Learn more about what a discharge plan is, how it works, and why it's such a big deal in "What Is Discharge Planning and & How Does It Work?"


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Uninsured Last Year? Afraid of the Tax Penalty?

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Will You Owe a Penalty for Obamacare?If you're filing your taxes and afraid you'll have to pay the Affordable Care Act's tax penalty for being uninsured, don't sweat it. The penalty wasn't in force for 2013, so you won't have to pay it when you file this April 15th.

However, if you're uninsured right now, you may well owe a tax penalty when you file your 2014 taxes on April 15th of next year. Learn more about the tax penalty in "How Much Is the Health Insurance Penalty?


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Help! Iím Losing My Health Insurance When Itís Not Open Enrollment for Obamacare

Sunday April 6, 2014

85065665_Dougal-Waters_GettyImages.jpgIf you're facing a job loss, divorce, or something else that will cause you to lose your health insurance, you've probably thought of signing up for a new plan on your state's Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange. But you can't sign up for an Obamacare plan on your health insurance exchange unless it's open enrollment, right? What do you do if you lose your health insurance when it's not open enrollment?

If this describes your situation, you're probably eligible for a special enrollment period allowing you a chance to sign up for a health plan on the exchange even though it's not open enrollment. Learn more in "Lost Your Health Insurance? Not Obamacare Open Enrollment? What Now?"

Did You Miss Open Enrollment on Your Health Insurance Exchange?

Thursday April 3, 2014

Missing the TrainAlthough Obamacare open enrollment has ended, you still have options if you missed it.

If you tried to enroll but couldn't complete your application due to technical glitches, the Obama administration announced that it will allow you a short period of time to complete your application and still get health insurance this year.

If you didn't try to enroll and you're uninsured, all is not lost. Learn what you're in for and what you can do about it in "I Missed Obamacare Open Enrollment--What Now?"


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It's Now or Never...Almost

Sunday March 30, 2014

Image of a melting clock.March 31st is the last day of Obamacare open enrollment on your state's Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange. If you're uninsured and you don't enroll in a health plan now, you'll be out of luck. This doesn't mean you'll never have another chance to enroll, but you'll have to wait until next autumn's open enrollment period to enroll.

There are a couple of exceptions to this rule. If you have a qualifying triggering event, you might be eligible for a special enrollment period that will allow you to sign up for health insurance on an exchange outside of the regular open enrollment period. Learn more.

Additionally, most states' Medicaid programs don't have restrictive enrollment periods. If you qualify for Medicaid in your state, you may be able to enroll in Medicaid even though it's not open enrollment on your state's Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange.


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A Tax Deduction for Health Insurance and Medical Care

Monday March 24, 2014

Don't miss out on possible tax deductions when you file your income taxes this year.† These two articles will help.

"Is Health Insurance Tax Deductible?"

"How To Write Off Medical Expenses as a Tax Deduction."


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Only a Few Days Left to Get Obamacare. You Snooze; You Lose

Friday March 21, 2014

sand slipping through fingersYou're running out of time if you need health insurance and you haven't already signed up on your state's health insurance exchange. The last day you can sign up is March 31. If you miss that deadline, you'll have to wait until this coming autumn's open enrollment for another chance.

Don't risk having to pay a penalty. Don't risk financial ruin or health problems because you thought you'd save money by waiting until you got sick to buy health insurance. That doesn't work. Get a move-on and get signed up now.

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COBRA Vs ObamacareóMaking the Choice

Friday March 21, 2014

77852837_Alex-Bowie_GettyImages.jpgLosing your job-based health insurance? Losing your health insurance because of divorce or death of your spouse? Aging off of your parent's job-based plan? You're probably trying to decide if it's better to use COBRA to continue your current coverage or to buy a new health plan on your state's health insurance exchange.

See how those choices stack up so you can make an informed decision. Check out "COBRA Vs Obamacare--Which Is Better?"

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Cobra: Itís Not All Wine & Roses

Monday March 17, 2014

Spilled wine and roses

While I've used COBRA health insurance myself in the past, I'm not convinced it would be the best choice for me if I lost my health insurance today. I'm thankful that I would have COBRA as an option, but COBRA has some disadvantages that health insurance from a health insurance exchange wouldn't have.

If you're considering COBRA continuation coverage, read "Why COBRA Health Insurance May Not Be Your Best Option."† Make sure you understand the disadvantages of COBRA so you can make an informed decision.


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