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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:   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:   Young, Invincible...and Insured! This November 2015 article from Kaiser Health News reviews five things that the uninsured ages 18-31 should consider when getting health coverage in Open Enrollment number three. The article addresses common reasons that a young adult would not buy health insurance.

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 Q:   5 Pointers for Marketplace Shoppers This October 2015 explainer from the Commonwealth Fund shares tips for consumers to consider when exploring their health coverage options during Open Enrollment number three.

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 Q:   Savvy Health Insurance Shopping This comparison worksheet from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is for enrollment assisters working with consumers selecting Marketplace plans. It has been updated for the 2015-2016 enrollment period.

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 Q:   The New Shared Responsibility Provision  This October 2015 flow chart from the Kaiser Family Foundation identifies whether an employer will be subject to penalties for not offering health coverage for their employees in 2016.

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 Q:   Keeping Financial Assistance This October 2015 FAQ from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains how the Marketplace will automatically renew eligibility for advance premium tax credits. The resource identifies best practices for consumers to stay covered on the most economical plan.

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 Q:   Milestones Bring New Health Coverage Choices This chart from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities focuses on life events that trigger a special enrollment period for the Marketplace, who qualifies and the effective date of coverage once a health plan is selected. The resource has been updated for the 2016 enrollment period.

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 Q:   Stop, Shop, Enroll! This October 2015 infographic from Families USA tells consumers the steps to find the best health insurance plan during Open Enrollment number three.

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 Q:   Tax-Preparers Boost Enrollment Success This September 2015 issue brief from Enroll America highlights the connections between health coverage and tax-filing. The brief explains how the enrollment community can leverage the connections to increase the number of people with health insurance.

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 Q:   Bronze, Silver or Gold? This fact sheet from Families USA, updated for the 2015-2016 period, explains the metal levels that are used to organize Marketplace health insurance plans.

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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:   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:   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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