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health plan enrollment

Student health insurance.

Student health insurance: required reading

College students have more coverage options as a result of the ACA. But how do you decide which option is… Read more

Uncle Sam wants you to buy health insurance.

Will you owe a penalty under Obamacare?

The ACA's individual mandate penalty no longer applies in 2019 and future years. But several states are implementing their own individual… Read more

With ACA-compliant plans, you're entitled to certain services – like immunizations and screening tests – at no cost. If you're still paying for these services, you might want to shop for a new plan.

Five signs you need a new health insurance plan

If you have a marketplace plan already, it could pay to retain your existing coverage – but here are a few signs that you're better off… Read more

Seeing clearly when evaluating insurance companies.

Evaluating health insurance companies

Before you start seeking health insurance quotes, it's prudent to take a look at the health insurance companies and their potential service… Read more

Avoiding these four common open enrollment-period mistakes could save you some serious money.

Four ACA open enrollment mistakes to avoid

Avoiding these four common open enrollment-period mistakes could save you some serious… Read more

Although there's no longer a federal penalty for being uninsured, some states now have their own individual mandates – and exemptions.

Obamacare penalty exemptions

Although there's no longer a federal penalty for being uninsured, some states now have their own individual mandates – and… Read more

Adding a child to a family is a qualifying event.

Qualifying events that can get you coverage

Even if you missed the general open enrollment, you could still have an opportunity to enroll in an ACA-compliant plan this year if you… Read more

Here's a quick primer on the most logical and obvious coverage options that will help ensure recent college graduates can avoid a health insurance coverage gap.

5 ways to stay insured after college graduation

Here's a quick primer on the most logical and obvious coverage options that will help ensure recent college graduates can avoid a health… Read more

Your options if you miss OEP.

Miss open enrollment? You’ve got options.

Open enrollment for 2018 ran from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017 in most states. Outside of those dates, enrollment on and off the… Read more

Moving to a new state but keeping your health coverage.

How to keep your health insurance when you move to another state

What happens to individual health insurance coverage when a policyholder moves to a new state? The answer depends on the carrier, and on… Read more

Healthcare insurance doesn't have to break the bank: ACA's subsidies don't help everyone with individual health coverage, but a few strategies improve the likelihood of your eligibility for huge savings .

Healthcare insurance doesn’t have to break the bank

The answer is that affordable health coverage is out there and is possible – if you don't overlook some obvious strategies that will… Read more

Protect yourself from predators.

Avoid scams while shopping for insurance

The ACA was signed into law in 2010, and almost immediately, scammers began looking for ways to make a quick… Read more

Rod Serling in the Twilight Zone.

The Obamacare penalty: facts and fiction

Louise Norris talks with Andrew Sprung about the penalty consumers might face if they do not adhere to the Affordable Care Act’s… Read more

Grandmothers health plans.

Grandmothered plans: love ’em or leave ’em?

Louise Norris explains grandmothered health plans: how they differ from grandfathered health plans, which states allow you to renew your… Read more

Make the most of your coverage.

Getting the most from your new insurance

The media have focused on the cost of the monthly premium. How much would you contribute per month on the various plans and would you get a… Read more

A burning health insurance policy.

Time to dump your health insurance plan?

The sad truth is that any number of factors can change with your health insurance coverage after you've enrolled, and you shouldn't… Read more

How to buy health insurance.

How to buy health insurance

Buying health insurance can be complicated, but like a lot of things, it's easier if you break the job into smaller tasks and work your way… Read more