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Medicaid

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?

November 14, 2018 – Q: I'm self-employed, so my income varies from one year to the next. I enrolled through the exchange and projected an income that makes me… Read more

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

November 13, 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

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?

June 16, 2018 – 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’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

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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

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

If I can’t buy a short-term plan and I don’t have a qualifying event, what are my coverage options?

June 20, 2019 – So what are your options if you’re not eligible to enroll in an ACA-compliant plan and short-term plans are not for sale in your area?… Read more

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

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

June 10, 2019 – Q. What is the deadline to enroll in health insurance coverage for 2020? A. In almost every state, open enrollment runs from November 1… Read more

With my income, I’m barely over the eligibility limit for a premium subsidy. Is there anything I can do to lower my income so I become eligible?

With my income, I’m barely over the eligibility limit for a premium subsidy. Is there anything I can do to lower my income so I become eligible?

June 5, 2019 – Q. With my current income, I am not eligible for a premium subsidy – but I'm just barely over the limit. Is there anything I can do to… Read more

Who ISN’T eligible for Obamacare’s premium subsidies?

June 1, 2019 – Q. Obamacare advocates frequently talk about how most exchange enrollees qualify for government subsidies. But who is left out? Aren't… Read more