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 Q:   A Job Change Doesn’t Have to Mean Losing Health Coverage This September 2014 blog post on Monster.com explains that people who have lost job-based insurance can qualify for a special enrollment period, allowing them to enroll in a Marketplace plan.

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 Q:   Health Insurance Literacy Library Digital tools, fact sheets and other handouts, and videos to help fill gaps in health insurance literacy among consumers and assisters. These materials have been sent to Enroll America by a variety of enrollment stakeholders.

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 Q:   2014 Voter Priorities: Fed Budget and the ACA Just in time for the 2014 election, the National Priorities Project examines voter concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act and healthcare spending bringing to light public opinions. This fact sheet also prompts readers on questions for congressional candidates.

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 Q:   How to Find the Right Doctor Now that you have new health insurance, it is time to choose a doctor to help you get the most of your benefits. Be Covered helps explain multiple factors to make an effective healthcare provider choice in this tip sheet.

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 Q:   Take Advantage of Preventive Care Services New health insurance covers many preventive health services for your family. Preventive check-ups and screenings can help end illnesses and medical problems early — and improve the health of you and everyone in your family. Be Covered Illinois provides information on what preventive screenings you can access with no out-of-pocket costs even before you meet your deductible.

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 Q:   7 Things to Know About Reporting a Life Change Once you have Marketplace coverage, it’s important to make sure your information stays up to date. This information may change the coverage or savings you’re eligible for. It’s important to report life changes to the Marketplace right away. This July 2014 fact sheet from HealthCare.gov gives you all the details.

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 Q:   How Medicare Works with the SHOP Marketplace Coverage options for older adults continue to get more complicated. This fact sheet from the Medicare Rights Center explains how Medicare and Small Business Health Options Program plans operate when someone has both plans, including which is primary payer, and when you should enroll in Medicare.

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 Q:   How to Keep Marketplace Health Insurance This Families USA fact sheet explains the steps needed to keep health insurance purchased on the health insurance marketplace. These steps include paying premiums, keeping information up to date, and renewing coverage every year.

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 Q:   What to Do After You Buy Health Insurance This Families USA fact sheet gives the basics of getting to know your benefits, paying premiums, finding providers, and how to get questions answered about health insurance.

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 Q:   Medicaid FAQ: Eligibility and Accessing Medical Services These frequently asked questions from the Illinois Department of Human Services detail how to sign up for Medicaid and All Kids, how to access medical providers like a primary care physician or dentist under Medicaid, what to do if you have lost or did not receive a medical card, and what services are provided under Medicaid. The FAQ provides contact info to address issues and access needed care.

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 Q:   Evaluating a Nursing Facility Medicare beneficiaries often need further care in a nursing facility after discharge from the hospital, but patients and families are often unhappy with these placements. This in-depth guide to finding and choosing a facility was created by the Center for Medicare Advocacy to help families locate facilities in specific geographic areas, compare services and ratings, and consider alternatives to a nursing facility.

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 Q:   Oral Health Matters for Children with Special Needs This tip sheet highlights the importance of oral health care for children with special needs and points out why good oral health care may be more difficult to obtain for this population, including factors such as medications that may affect the child's teeth or behaviors that may make visits to the dentist more challenging. (more…)

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 Q:   Applying for Medicaid in Illinois - FAQ This set of answers from HFS to frequently asked questions is especially helpful for anyone who works directly with Medicaid consumers/applicants. Included are details such as how to change information on an application or submit verification documents, find a Medicaid provider, and how applicants should not fill out a new application in ABE for a newborn.

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 Q:   Taxi Driver Affordable Coverage Options This fact sheet from the Enroll Chicago Small Business Initiative can help answer any questions taxi drivers might have about enrolling in quality health coverage through the new Illinois health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, and help them choose a plan that best fits their needs and those of their families.

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 Q:   Preventive Services for Women This infographic highlights the missed opportunities for preventive counseling on risk factors and reveals that a large proportion of women are unaware that the ACA requires private plans to cover many preventive services without cost sharing. It also shows how lack of insurance impacts rates of mammograms and other screening tests for women and how costs are a barrier that cause some women to postpone services or skip a recommended test or treatment. (more…)

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