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 Q:   What You Need to Get Covered This fact sheet from BeCovered, identifies what documentation and information people will need when signing up for health insurance through the Marketplace. The fact sheet is updated for the 2015-2016 enrollment cycle. The information is in English and Spanish.

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 Q:   Get Help Getting Health Insurance This September 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates describes the trained professionals that consumers can use to connect with coverage.

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 Q:   Know Health Insurance Lingo This September 2015 guide from Families USA  explains many of the health insurance terms that consumers need to understand when they are shopping for insurance.

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 Q:   Turning 65? This September 2015 tip sheet from AgeOptions outlines the health care options for older adults once they become Medicare eligible.

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 Q:   Asking the Right Questions Benefits counselors can use this September 2015 intake sheet from AgeOptions to obtain necessary information to counsel consumers on their Medicare options.

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 Q:   Find Enrollment Assisters Near You! The Enroll America connector tool identifies Navigators, Certified Application Counselors and In-Person Counselors who work close by.

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 Q:   Shop Smart for the Right Health Insurance Plan This Year This September 2015 Consumer Reports blog entry describes best practices when shopping for health insurance. The post offers tips on comparing plans.

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 Q:   Put Insurance on Your Back to School Shopping List This blog post from marketplace.gov explains the health insurance options for college students.

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 Q:   Do You Qualify for Financial Help? These tables from Families USA show how your income affects how much financial assistance you’ll get to pay for health insurance. The tables are updated for third Open Enrollment cycle running from November 1, 2015  to January 31, 2016.

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 Q:   Free Preventive Services! This September 2015 interactive grid from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the preventative services that health plans are required to cover without any cost sharing.

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 Q:   Cutting Services, Eliminating Independence This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates communicates the consequences of changing the minimum eligibility threshold for the Determination of Need screen. The report highlights the personal stories of people who would be directly impacted.

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 Q:   The Role of Public Health in Chicago's Mental Health System This August 2015 report from Health & Disability Advocates details the Chicago Department of Public Health's work in supporting behavioral health. The report gives recommendations for improving mental health delivery.

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 Q:   Estimating Your Doctor Bills The National Health Council created a calculator that helps health care consumers predict their annual out of pocket expenses.

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 Q:   I'm Covered, Now What? This 2014 guide from Families USA explains how people can best use their health insurance. The guide includes information on finding a doctor, preparing for the visit and using preventative services.

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 Q:   Financial Help to Get Covered This August 2015 fact sheet from the In the Loop explains cost-sharing reductions and what marketplace consumers are eligible for them.

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