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Category Archives: Individual Health Insurance

GoHealth Launches System to Enroll Americans in 2014 Plans




Beginning today, individuals can bypass the federal website and use GoHealth to enroll in subsidy-supported health plans over the phone with a licensed advisor. GoHealth is the first private marketplace to go live with an integration allowing consumers to get tax credits and subsidies and fully enroll in 2014 coverage. In August, GoHealth confirmed a […]

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Why Some Insurers are Discontinuing Policies and What to Do if it Happens to You




As news of health insurers canceling insurance policies continues to surface, thousands of Americans are wondering if it could happen to them and more importantly, what they should do if it does. Of course, no one wants to be notified that his or her individual policy is going to be canceled or premiums and benefits […]

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Why the Exchanges Need Young People




While older individuals tend to have a greater need for health insurance, it’s actually the young and healthy Americans that the success of the Affordable Care Act depends upon. Also known as the “young invincibles” by policymakers, these 18-35 year olds must make up 20 percent to 30 percent of the pool to make the […]

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Government Shutdown Should Not Affect Medicare Open Enrollment




In another notable insurance event, the Medicare open enrollment commenced just yesterday on October 15. During Medicare open enrollment, eligible seniors age 65 and up, and all Medicare beneficiaries can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2014. Those who are happy with their current coverage don’t have to change a thing. […]

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Prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment with GoHealth




This fall, consumers have another important date to remember: Medicare open enrollment. From Tuesday, October 15 until Saturday, December 7th, current Medicare beneficiaries or newly eligible individuals age 65 and up have the opportunity to enroll in coverage for the first time or change and upgrade their plans.   According to AARP, an average of […]

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Officials Warn Consumers to Beware Medicare Mix-up This Fall




As if educating millions of individuals on impending health insurance changes due this fall was not challenging enough, federal officials also worry about the effects these changes will have on the Medicare eligible population. This population is often more vulnerable to scams or being taken advantage of and could be left confused about the recent […]

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Unemployed? Think Twice Before Locking into COBRA




With health insurance marketplaces opening less than a month from now, individuals and families can look forward to new coverage options, all in one place. This is particularly good news for those who may have been recently unemployed or laid off and lacking health insurance. The current route taken by many individuals upon unemployment is […]

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Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Changes




If you are currently enrolled in a Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), there are certain changes that could affect your coverage. Originally established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the PCIP program was created to make health coverage available to people with pre-existing conditions until key components of the health law begin taking […]

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What Medicare Eligible Consumers Need to Know about Insurance in October




Officials throughout the United States are reminding seniors that they need to remember October 15 for Medicare Open Enrollment and not October 1st. This October is a big month for insurance in the United States. October 1 is the start of registration for individual health insurance through online insurance marketplaces. The registration runs until March […]

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What Health Care Reform Means for Immigrants




According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the current immigrant population of the United States is over 2.5 times more likely than natural citizens to be uninsured. Of the millions impacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) overhaul, how will provisions like the state-based health exchanges, individual mandate and Medicaid expansion affect the […]

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