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5 tips to get ready for 2017 Marketplace Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment for a 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace plan is almost here. Starting November 1, 2016, you can sign up for 2017 health insurance (with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2017) at HealthCare.gov. That’s just about a month away! You’ll be able to preview plans and prices for 2017 shortly before then. 5…

3 simple tips to stay healthy with Marketplace insurance

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Getting health insurance is an important first step to better health and well-being! If you’ve gotten coverage, get the most out of your Marketplace health insurance plan and stay healthy throughout the year by following these simple tips. 3 tips to a healthier you Practice preventive care. Staying healthy increases the chances you’ll be there…

CMS Awards Consumer Assistance Funding to Support 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment

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With open enrollment for 2017 only a few weeks away, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced $63 million in Navigator grant awards to returning and new organizations.  These awards will support local in-person assistance to help consumers navigate, shop, and enroll in the wide variety of Marketplace coverage options. “We are committed…

Medicaid expansion lowers Marketplace premiums by 7 percent

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New analysis finds Medicaid expansion brings down Marketplace rates – another benefit on top of gains for low-income individuals and state economies Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing that expanding Medicaid lowers Marketplace premiums by about 7 percent in those states. “Today’s report identifies yet another group that…

Have a pre-existing condition? Don’t worry, you’re covered with the Marketplace

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Editor’s Note: Learn more about how the Affordable Care Act helps people with pre-existing conditions like HIV. View our page on the ACA and People Living with HIV/AIDS. Diabetic? Chronically sick? Don’t worry! With Marketplace health insurance, your plan covers treatment for any pre-existing medical condition you had when you enrolled in coverage. You’re protected…

Patient Benefits Coordinator Helps Tribal Members Enroll in Health Coverage

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Jody Guardipee, a Patient Benefits Coordinator at Blackfeet Community Hospital in northwest Montana, knows firsthand that educating tribal members about their health care choices is key to building healthy families and healthy communities. Jody talks to patients daily on the benefits of enrolling in Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Health…

The Affordable Care Act: The Essential Role of Community Health Centers

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Editor’s Note: Learn more! Read about HHS’ new awards for health centers to improve care coordination and become patient-centered medical homes, and download a HRSA Health Center Program fact sheet [PDF 255 KB] on Health Centers and the ACA. Health centers have played an essential role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and continue…

Lose your health insurance? You may be able to enroll now

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If you recently lost health insurance coverage, you may be able to enroll in Marketplace coverage with a Special Enrollment Period. Health insurance losses that may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period Loss of job-based insurance: You may qualify if your employer stopped offering health insurance, or you left a job where you had health…