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health insurance marketplace

Does Obamacare make my student health plan offer better benefits?

May 14, 2019 – Q. I have heard that under Obamacare, my university's health care plan for students is going to have to offer better benefits – including… Read more

Would my 21-year-old’s subsidy be based on his income – or mine?

Would my 21-year-old’s subsidy be based on his income – or mine?

May 14, 2019 – Q. My 21-year-old son is in college. I know he could stay on my employer's plan until he is 26. But he might be able to get better coverage… Read more

Should I buy the health plan my college offers? or buy through an ACA exchange?

Should I buy the health plan my college offers? or buy through an ACA exchange?

May 14, 2019 – Q. Next year, I start college and I’m trying to decide whether I would be better off enrolling in the plan my college offers, buying my… Read more

I’ve heard a lot about health insurance exchanges, but what are SHOP exchanges?

Can small businesses use the ACA’s health insurance marketplaces (exchanges)?

April 16, 2019 – Q. Can small businesses use the ACA’s health insurance marketplaces (exchanges)? A. The Affordable Care Act included an enrollment… Read more

Are visits to the chiropractor or physical therapist covered under the Affordable Care Act?

Are visits to the chiropractor or physical therapist covered under the Affordable Care Act?

February 6, 2019 – Q. Are visits to the chiropractor or physical therapist covered under the Affordable Care Act? A. All ACA-compliant individual and small… Read more

How is vision care covered under Obamacare?

How is vision care covered under Obamacare?

December 18, 2018 – Q: How is vision care covered under the Affordable Care Act? A: The Affordable Care Act requires coverage for pediatric vision care as one… Read more

If I decline my employer-sponsored plan and try to get a subsidized exchange plan, will the IRS know?

If I decline my employer-sponsored plan and try to get a subsidized exchange plan, will the IRS know?

December 17, 2018 – Q. If I decline by employer-sponsored health plan and apply through the exchange instead - and try to get a premium subsidy - would the… 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?

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

Man standing in middle of multiple roads wondering what type of health exchange his state has

What type of health insurance exchange does my state have?

October 28, 2018 – Q: What type of health insurance exchange does my state have? A: As of 2018, there are 12 state-based marketplaces, five state-based… Read more

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If I don’t enroll in a plan by the open enrollment deadline, what are my options?

August 1, 2018 – Q. If I don't enroll in a health insurance plan by the end of open enrollment (December 15), what options will I have? A. In most cases,… 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

If I enroll in the exchange, will that coverage take effect immediately?

If I enroll in the exchange, will that coverage take effect immediately?

May 12, 2018 – Q: If I enroll in the exchanges, will that coverage take effect immediately? What's the earliest my coverage will take effect after I… Read more