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What's the Difference Between My Health Insurance Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Max?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 11.25.2014 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

Shopping for health insurance can be confusing. It's too easy to choose a plan based on your monthly premium and neglect to take things like deductibles or out-of-pocket expenses into consideration.

Oops! Administration Says It Erroneously Inflated Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law...

Open Enrollment: What is Different for Year Two?

Brad Burd | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Brad Burd

This Open Enrollment period is sure to be drastically different than the first. Now that the time is here, it is important that all consumers be aware of the improvements, changes, and increased options available to them.

8 Must-Know Facts About Obamacare Open Enrollment

Jason Alderman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

If you buy your own health insurance, add this important date to your year-end to-do list: November 15.

What You Need to Know About the Health Insurance Marketplace Before Open Enrollment

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 11.12.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

As we head into the second annual open enrollment period to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, many Americans may be wondering what actions to take if they don't have health insurance and are eligible to purchase health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Do I Need to Upgrade My Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 11.04.2014 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

Choices made this year during open enrollment will determine your coverage only in 2015. Though it's important to make the right decision now, you can adjust your policy again next year if your needs change or your employer offers a better choice.

Open Enrollment: The 411 on 401(k)s

Catherine Golladay | Posted 12.23.2014 | Money
Catherine Golladay

As we head into late October, we're about to "fall" into open enrollment season - when employees get a first look at what benefits they'll be offered next year and potentially have the opportunity to change their current coverage selections.

Weigh 2015 Medicare Part D, Advantage Plan Choices Carefully

Jason Alderman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Jason Alderman

Reviewing your Medicare options each year is complicated and time-consuming. But if you don't and your plans change significantly, it could cost you a bundle next year.

Other States Should Follow California's Lead in Providing Health Plan Ratings

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Regardless of where you live, you should check out those rankings before selecting your insurance carrier for 2015. You'll find that, just as in California, the nonprofits lead the pack and the for-profits are eating their dust.

Are You Making The Most Of Your Employee Benefits?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 12.15.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Do you usually ignore the Open Enrollment period for your employee benefits? While it's easy to feel that once you've signed up everything is covered, times and benefits change. So each year, usually in the fall, most employers offer the opportunity to modify your choices.

Flexible Spending Accounts, Commuter Benefits Cut Your Taxes

Jason Alderman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

For millions of Americans, 2015 open enrollment for employer-provided benefits is right around the corner. While it may be tempting to simply opt for the same coverage you have this year, doing so could cost you hundreds -- or thousands -- of dollars in tax savings.

20 Million Americans Could Qualify to Waive the ACA Tax Penalty. Are you Exempt?

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 12.08.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

Come tax time, most Americans will have to answer a simple yes or no question on their tax return to prove they have health coverage. In some cases, taxpayers may be exempt from purchasing health insurance and a tax penalty.

Under 26? Should You Stay on Your Parent's Health Insurance?

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

If you're currently without coverage or want to explore better options, this is the perfect time to start researching what's available.

Don't Have Health Insurance? Your Top Affordable Care Act Questions Answered

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 11.16.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

If you were uninsured and did not get health coverage by the March 31st deadline, what does this mean? And what are your options for purchasing health insurance? To break down what you need to know, here are the answers to your top health care questions.

How Will Medicaid Directors Handle the Boom in Applications From the Affordable Care Act?

Bruce Caswell | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Bruce Caswell

The second open enrollment will be heavily focused on bringing in even harder to reach populations, many of whom will be deemed eligible for Medicaid coverage.

The Relationship Between Taxes and Health Care: 5 Things You Need to Know

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 10.05.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

When you file your 2014 taxes in January 2015, you may notice some changes on your 2014 taxes. To break down those changes, here are five things you need to know about the relationship between your taxes and health care.

Affordable Care Act: Applying for Special Enrollment Period

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 09.14.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

The application for special enrollment varies slightly from state to state. However, there are a few things you can expect to see across the board to help prepare for when you do apply.

Sam Stein

Obama Keeps Foot On The Gas For Health Care Enrollment

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama took to the podium on April 17 to announce that eight million people had signed up for private health coverage...

On the 'Success' of a 100 Percent Charter Recovery School District

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The purpose of vouchers is to enable students to escape "failing" schools. Ironic how the predominately-charter Recovery School District has the greatest concentration of such "failing" schools in the entire state of Louisiana.

Friday Talking Points -- 'And Counting'

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats, from this point on, should adopt a very simple technique to disarm Republican squabbles about Obamacare numbers. To every figure quoted for people gaining health insurance, Democrats should end with "... and counting."

Joe Biden Dishes On Romance And Skincare

AP | By JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — How does second lady Jill Biden prank her husband on April Fool's Day? By disappearing on Air Force Two and then jumping out of an...

Children Benefit as California Leads the Way Enrolling Families in Health Coverage

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

March 31 marks the end of open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many Californians aren't waiting until the deadline to sign up for health coverage.

6 Tips to Simplify Your Choices of Insurance on a Health Care Exchange

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Everyone is questioning what type of insurance should they pick. And they not only are confused, they also have become angry and distressed. Some even get sick thinking about how to prevent sickness. Is this logical?

4 Simple Things To Do Every Year To Save Money

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Levin

It requires little more than a few hours each quarter for you to begin to get your finances on track and your head in the game. Once you get the hang of it, you can start to add in other pieces, like planning for your children's education as well as your retirement.

Reassessment Time for Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Because all Medicare prescription drug plans can change their coverage and costs each calendar year, the only way to ensure you're getting the best coverage at the lowest cost is to compare your Part D plan against the competition during Medicare's open enrollment period.