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What is the Medicaid ‘coverage gap’ and who does it affect?

March 1, 2018 – Q. I keep hearing about the "coverage gap" in states that are not expanding Medicaid. Can you explain what that means and who it affects?… Read more

I’ve heard the federal government pays for the Medicaid expansion, but only for a few years. Then the state is on the hook for costs?

I’ve heard the federal government pays for the Medicaid expansion, but only for a few years. Then the state is on the hook for costs?

January 7, 2018 – Q. I hear people saying Medicaid expansion is a great idea and that the federal government pays for it. But doesn't the federal government… Read more

If my income is less than expected this year, I might be eligible for Medicaid. What can I do to cover my bases?

If my income is less than expected this year, I might be eligible for Medicaid. What can I do to cover my bases?

December 19, 2017 – Q: I've just become self employed and I have no idea what my income will be in 2016. I enrolled through the exchange and projected an… Read more

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If I qualify for Medicaid, should I worry about the deadline for open enrollment?

December 10, 2017 – Q. I've heard that Medicaid enrollment is year-round. So if I qualify for Medicaid, I don't need to worry about the December 15 end of open… Read more

I didn’t know I was eligible for Medicaid this year, so I didn’t enroll. Will I have to pay a penalty?

I didn’t know I was eligible for Medicaid this year, so I didn’t enroll. Will I have to pay a penalty?

December 2, 2017 – Q. I didn't know that I was eligible for Medicaid, so I've been uninsured the whole year. I've enrolled in Medicaid for the new year, but… Read more

My eligibility for Medicaid depends on how my income compares to the Federal Poverty Level. Can you spell out what that means in dollars?

My eligibility for Medicaid depends on how my income compares to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Can you spell out what that means in dollars?

November 16, 2017 – Q. I know that whether I qualify for expanded ­Medicaid depends on how my income compares with 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level… Read more

I’m a low-income single adult but I’ve never qualified for Medicaid before. I’ve heard that I might qualify now. Is this true?

August 17, 2017 – Q. I'm a low-income single adult, but I've always assumed I wouldn't qualify for Medicaid because I don't have kids. Is it true that I… Read more

How do I tell whether I’m eligible for Medicaid or subsidized coverage through my state’s exchange?

How do I tell whether I’m eligible for Medicaid or subsidized coverage through my state’s exchange?

May 10, 2016 – Q: How do I tell whether I'm eligible for expanded Medicaid or a private plan in the exchange? A: When you enroll in the exchange,… Read more

I’ve heard that I need to have an ACA-compliant health plan, but what does that mean?

I’ve heard that I need to have an ACA-compliant health plan, but what does that mean?

April 7, 2018 – Q. I've heard that I need to have an ACA-compliant health plan, but what does that mean? A: It just means an individual or small group… Read more

What’s the deadline to get coverage during Obamacare’s open enrollment period?

March 24, 2018 – Q. What is the deadline to enroll in health insurance coverage for 2019? A. In almost every state, open enrollment begins November 1,… Read more

How can Native Americans get coverage under the ACA? Are there specific plan options for them?

How can Native Americans get coverage under the ACA? Are there specific plan options for them?

February 5, 2018 – Q: How can Native Americans get coverage under the ACA? Are there specific plan options for them? A: American Indians and Alaska Natives… Read more

I’m 60 and retired. I can get insurance from my former employer but it’s very expensive. Do I qualify for insurance under the exchanges?

I’m 60 and retired. I can get insurance from my former employer but it’s very expensive. Do I qualify for insurance under the exchanges?

February 3, 2018 – But for retirees, the guidelines are more relaxed. Retirees who have access to a plan that provides minimum essential coverage can still… Read more