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 Q:   Managed Long Term Services and Supports Starting July, 2016 managed care organizations will be responsible for coordinating long-term services and supports for people who live in a nursing facility or receive home and community-based services through a Medicaid waiver program. This April 2016 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates informs consumers about the change.

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 Q:   New Observation Status Rules Starting August 2016, hospitals are required to let people know if they are an outpatient on observation status. This April 2016 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates prepares patients for the changes.

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 Q:   Illinois Health Policy Update Get the latest with this April 2016 brief from Health & Disability Advocates.

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 Q:   Network Adequacy Analysis This December 2015 report from the Aids Foundation of Chicago analyzes Illinois silver-level Marketplace plans' coverage of HIV and the Hepatitis C Virus treatment. The trend has been for Marketplace plans to limit coverage of necessary treatments for this population.

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 Q:   Engaging African Americans In this January 2016 blog post for the Social Security Administration, a Minister details proven outreach and enrollment strategies with the Black community— a group which is still more likely to be uninsured.

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 Q:   Exceptions to the Individual Mandate This grid from Families USA lists out  exemptions to the requirement of having health insurance and how people can apply for them. The grid was updated in October 2015 and applies to the 2016 tax-filing season.

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 Q:   Getting Ready for Tax Day This January 2016 blog post from the HealthCare.gov CEO lays out what consumers should expect in the second tax-filing season under the ACA. The post details processes for consumers with Marketplace insurance; consumers with Medicaid, Medicare or employer-sponsored insurance; and for those without coverage.

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 Q:   Help for the Helpers This November 2015 toolkit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for enrollment assisters shares online and technical assistance resources that can be used when helping consumers apply for health coverage. Enrollment assisters will also learn about the types of health insurance and the processes for enrolling in each.

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 Q:   Clues for the Trickiest Applications This November 2015 presentation from the National Immigration Law Center and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families explains eligibility rules and application processes for immigrants and their families.

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 Q:   It's Almost Tax Time! This January 2016 news article from CBS News describes the three tax forms, the 1095-A, 1095-B and 1095-C that will be used by the IRS to collect information on health insurance coverage.

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 Q:   ACEs, Bs and CCEs This December 2014 FAQ from the Illinois Department of Human Services details general enrollment and access to care procedures for consumers and providers in Medicaid managed care.

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 Q:   My Health, My Voice This November 2015 guide from Raising Women's Voices is for newly insured women who have questions about how to use their health coverage.

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 Q:   Shop to Renew During Open Enrollment This October 2015 blog post from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms explains the importance of exploring health insurance options when keeping coverage during the general enrollment period.  

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 Q:   Black Friday Health Insurance Discounts This YouTube video from HealthCare.gov explains how cost-sharing reductions for ACA marketplace plans work and who qualifies.

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 Q:   Keep Calm and Transition On This November 2015 toolkit from the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office will help people with mental health conditions transition from one care provider to another. Strategies are offered for overcoming barriers to care and for strengthening relationships between the person's care team members.

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