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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:   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:   Ombudsman Contact Information  The Home and Community Ombudsman program is a free service for enrollees in the Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative. Ombudsman advocate for enrollee rights and solve problems with their services. This 2015 information sheet tells who to call for Ombudsman services.

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 Q:   What Happens After Enrolling in Medicaid Coordinated Care? This May 2015 timeline from Health & Disability Advocates and the Make Medicare Work Coalition outlines what  enrollees should expect from their managed care plans.

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 Q:   Roundup of OE2 Q's The Georgetown University Centers For Children and Families and Health Insurance Reforms compiled a list of common questions raised during the second open enrollment period. The February 2015 FAQ covers tax-filing issues, counting household income and employer coverage.

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 Q:   Different Tax Docs State refor(u)m updated this chart in February 2015 to outline the new forms tax-filers must fill out because of the ACA. The chart identifies the purpose of the forms and who are required to complete them.

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 Q:   Appealing a Denied Insurance Claim The Wall Street Journal explains how to file an appeal if an insurer refuses to pay for treatments or medication.

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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:   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:   Getting a Health Insurance Exemption This March 2014 Issue brief from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identifies populations who may be exempt from purchasing health insurance. The brief lays out the exemption process- including documentation needed- for each group.

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 Q:   Tax-Filing Recs Post ACA This December 2014 tip sheet from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services educates marketplace plan consumers on what changes they should expect during tax-filing season. CMS advises people who had coverage through the marketplace, those who received tax credits, and people without health insurance.

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 Q:   Paying Taxes Without Insurance A January 2015 issue brief from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outlines what uninsured tax payers should expect during the upcoming tax season. The brief identifies exempt populations and where to get tax help.

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