Health Care Reform
- Doctors and Reform (3)
- Health Care Reform 101 (11)
- Medicare and Health Reform (2)
- Penalties, Exemptions, Being Uninsured (8)
- Subsidies & Help Paying for Health Insurance (5)
What Exactly Is Obamacare, Anyway?
Confused about whether Obamacare is health insurance, a social welfare program or a law? Don’t understand what people mean when they say “enroll in Obamacare”? Find out what Obamacare is, what it isn’t, and what it means when used in different ways.
Uninsured? What You Need to Know About Obamacare
Wonder if you’re required to have health insurance? Not sure what will happen if you remain uninsured? Find out, plus learn how to sign up for Obamacare insurance and how to get a subsidy to help pay for it.
FAQs About Obamacare—What's True & What's Not
These FAQs about Obamacare address controversial aspects of the Affordable Care Act. If you're not sure what's true and what's an urban legend, get the facts here.
Why Not Wait Until I'm Sick to Buy Health Insurance?
Want to wait to buy health insurance until you need to use it? Think you’ll save money? Think because the Affordable Care Act guarantees you the right to buy health insurance, this plan is foolproof? Think again. There are three reasons why waiting to buy health insurance won’t work.
Can You Get a Health Insurance Exemption?
If you don’t want to pay a penalty, you’ll either have to have health insurance after December 31,2013, or you’ll have to get a health insurance exemption certificate. Learn who qualifies for a health insurance exemption, how to get an exemption certificate, and how to avoid the Affordable Care Act's health insurance penalty.
Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum–Understanding the Metal-Tier System
What does the bronze, silver, gold and platinum metal-tier system really tell you about a health insurance plan? How do metal tiers work? Which metal tier is the best fit for you?
Understanding the Affordable Care Act & Obamacare—an Index of Health Reform Info
All Americans are affected by the Affordable Care Act. Learn how you're affected. Do you have to buy health insurance? Can you get a subsidy to help pay for health insurance? What will happen if you don't get health insurance? What does the law really say, and are all the Obamacare rumors true? Find out here.
Free Birth Control—Maximize Your Affordable Care Act Benefit
Take advantage of the Affordable Care Act's free birth control benefit. Find out if you're eligible for the free birth control benefit, which contraceptives are covered, and how to maximize your benefit.
How Does the Health Insurance Subsidy Work?
Health insurance subsidies can help you pay for health insurance. The premium tax credit subsidy will decrease your cost for health insurance premiums. Learn who qualifies, how to apply, how much you'll get, and what to beware of.
What Is a Health Exchange?
The health reform legislation (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) signed into law in March 2010 by President Obama creates state-based health insurance exchanges. The purpose of the health insurance exchanges is to make health insurance more affordable and easier to purchase for small business and individuals.
How the Cost-Sharing Health Insurance Subsidy Works
Need help paying your health insurance deductible, copays, and coinsurance? Learn how the cost-sharing health insurance subsidy works, who’s eligible, how to apply, and how it lowers your deductible, coinsurance and copayments. Reduce your cost-sharing so you don’t go broke using your health insurance.
How the Subsidy for Your Out-Of-Pocket Maximum Works
You may be eligible for a health insurance subsidy to reduce your out-of-pocket maximum costs. Learn how the subsidy works, whether you’re eligible, and how to get it.
Am I Being Pushed Into Picking a Silver Health Plan?
Feel like you're being pushed into picking a silver-tier health insurance plan? Find out how the government may be influencing you to pick a silver health plan over a cheaper bronze plan or higher value gold or platinum plans.
Dependent Coverage for Young Adults
One of the significant provisions in the health reform law that is being implemented in 2010 is an extension of dependent coverage to assure that all young adults have affordable health insurance. Many parents and their young adult children who worried about losing health insurance after their children moved away from home or graduated from college no longer need to worry.
Top 5 Health Trends for 2010-2019
During the past decade (2000 - 2009) there has been tremendous progress in medical care. Our research and technology continues to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness. In spite of advances in medical care, many Americans (perhaps more than 40 to 50 million) have limited access to the best we have to offer. Perhaps the coming decade will reverse these trends.
Patients Rights – Health Reform and Patients Rights
The Patient Bill of Rights establishes a new set of rules made possible by the Affordable Care Act, which will take effect for most health plans starting on or after September 23, 2010. These rules will remove barriers between you and your doctor and help provide the peace of mind that health insurance will be there when you need it the most.
Medical Errors and Health Reform
Preventable medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. The Affordable Care Act has a number of provisions that may improve patient safety.
Public Health Reform and the Affordable Care Act
Stopping disease and illness before they start is better for doctors, patients, and our national balance sheet. That's why the Affordable Care Act prioritizes prevention, investing in the building blocks of a health-care rather than a sick-care system.
Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions
The Affordable Care Act contains several tax provisions that will take effect as different parts of the health reform legislation are implemented. The purchase and provision of health insurance is entwined with many people’s jobs and tax-related benefits. Because of this, almost all the new regulations involve the U.S. Department of Labor and the IRS.
Small Business Health Tax Credit
If you are a small employer that provides health care coverage to your employees and meet certain requirements you may qualify for a federal...
Open Enrollment and Health Reform
It’s important to understand open enrollment and health reform. Several of the provisions of the health reform law that took effect on September 23, 2010 impact group health insurance. Your health plan (or the ones you are considering) will outline in their materials the changes required, as well as any changes to your benefits. It’s important...
Flexible Spending Accounts & Obamacare
Find out about the changes made to flexible spending accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, and health savings accounts by the Affordable Care Act. Make sure you know your FSA, HRA, or HSA rules and limits under Obamacare.