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 Q:   Income Rules for Medicaid and the Marketplace This October 2014 question and answer sheet from the Center on Policy and Budget Priorities discusses the new income measure called MAGI. The measure determines eligibility for marketplace tax credits and Medicaid.

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 Q:   Retiree Coverage Choices This flowchart from In The Loop illustrates the insurance options for employees who retire before they are eligible for Medicare.

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 Q:   Enrolling Families with Immigrants This January 2015 webinar for assisters reviews the legal protections for immigrants and outlines the unique steps to apply for coverage.

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 Q:   Responding to Medicaid Redeterminations Illinois residents who receive Medicaid or All-Kids must complete a redetermination to continue their coverage. This June 2014 FAQ from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services outlines the redetermination process. The FAQ lists the hotline number to call with questions or problems.

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 Q:   Explaining New CHIP and Medicaid Eligibility This January 2015 primer from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families describes the new household size and income standards for Medicaid and CHIP enrollment.

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 Q:   Health Education with Meals on Wheels The University of Georgia created the Good Questions for Good Health tool kit to increase the health literacy of older adults in Meals on Wheels. Staff and volunteers learn strategies to integrate health topics into their interactions with older adults.

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 Q:   Health Literacy Overview The Alliance for Health Reform summarizes major studies measuring health knowledge and lists websites and experts for further review in this January 2015 issue brief.

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 Q:   Discussing Insurance with Patients Medical providers learn talking points for conversations with uninsured patients about coverage options in this February 2015 fact sheet from Enroll America.

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 Q:   Calculate Your ACA Tax Penalty The Tax Policy Center created a tool that estimates a person's fine for not having health insurance during 2014.

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 Q:   Enrollment Issues for Small Businesses This March 2014 information sheet and frequently asked questions from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation addresses common concerns for small employers as they explore health insurance options for their workers.

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 Q:   Avoiding Medicare Enrollment Troubles Using information gleaned from its national helpline, the Medicare Rights Center released this November 2014 issue brief on the common enrollment challenges facing those newly Medicare eligible. The brief provides help on coordinating Medicare with other forms of health insurance, enrolling during specified times, and avoiding late enrollment fees.

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 Q:   Answers to Common Marketplace Enrollment Issues These November 2014 tips from the HealthCare.gov Blog are intended to help Marketplace users address common challenges, such as how to retrieve your username, unlock your account, and reset your password. There is also a link to the Marketplace call center in case you need a customer service representative to reset your password or unlock your account.

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 Q:   Health Plan Discrimination Advocacy Strategies This blog post from Community Catalyst shows how stronger network adequacy standards can play a role in addressing discrimination, and spotlights how discrimination in health plans affects those with chronic illnesses, using people living with HIV/AIDS as an example. It is based on a workshop on advocacy strategies that Community Catalyst facilitated at the Consumer Voices for Coverage annual meeting in September 2014.

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 Q:   Is the Affordable Care Act Working? This October 2014 interactive infographic from the New York Times answers key questions regarding the performance of the ACA based on measures of consumer experience, the level of uninsured, and the economic impact of the law on the healthcare industry. (more…)

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 Q:   Churn and Children with Special Health Needs This August 2014 fact sheet from the Family to Family Health Information Center explains how the ACA may help stabilize health coverage for families who move between health plan to health plan based on changes in eligibility for public or employment-based insurance - also known as "churn" - in health care. (more…)

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