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Be Aware of Obamacare Enrollment Extension Deadlines

By on April 15th, 2014
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Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 12.32.31 PMIn many states, the extended deadlines for enrolling in a major medical health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – Obamacare –  end today.

Last week we identified a number of states in which at least one health insurance company continued to accept new health insurance applications at eHealthInsurance.com beyond the March 31, 2014 deadline for the nationwide open enrollment period. This included Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington1.

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Do I qualify for Obamacare if I missed the enrollment deadline?

By on April 16th, 2014
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Special Enrollment PeriodOne of the questions we hear all the time these days is, “Do I qualify for Obamacare?”

We know it’s complicated, but here are the basics.

Under the Affordable Care Act (mostly referred to as Obamacare in our call center) if you want to enroll in a health plan that let’s you avoid the uninsured tax, you have to do so during the annual Open Enrollment Period, which ran from October 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014 (see post on extensions).

If you missed open enrollment you must have what’s called a “qualifying event,” which is sometimes also referred to as a “qualifying life event.”

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Where To Score Free Stuff On Tax Day: April 15th

By on April 14th, 2014
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Tax-DayIt’s been a rough few weeks, hasn’t it? First, the March 31 deadline to apply for health insurance. Now, Tax Day.

After all the stress and hard work involved with filing your taxes this year, why not treat yourself to some freebies, Tax Day style? In “celebration” of Tax Day, a slew of companies offer rebates and discounts this week.  Sure, it may be a cheap marketing ploy but, hey – a free cookie is a free cookie. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Procrastinate When It Comes To Getting In Shape: Expert Tips

By on April 10th, 2014
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Ben-Greenfield Ben Greenfield is a renowned coach, author, speaker, ex-bodybuilder, and Ironman triathlete. With a master’s degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics, Ben takes a science-based approach to health and performance. He currently works with a variety of clients, from athletes to CEOs to soccer moms, to achieve physical endurance while protecting the body. Ben is a guest blogger for Get Smart Get Covered but you can also find him at www.bengreenfieldfitness.com.

 

Procrastinators beware!

April is the month of procrastination. Spring is near and folks are excited to get outside.

But taxes loom – as does the upcoming April 15 deadline for anyone who did not complete their application for health insurance by March 31. No surprises here – there’s always a flood of applications at the last minute. Read the rest of this entry »

Missed Open Enrollment? Where Can You Still Get Health Insurance Plans Without a “Life Event”?

By on April 4th, 2014
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Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 12.32.31 PMeHealth has identified 14 states where-in at least one health insurance company continues to accept new health insurance applications after the March 31 deadline for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) nationwide open enrollment period.

Consumers who are still without individual or family health insurance coverage have the option to visit eHealthInsurance.com or call eHealth’s Uninsured Hotline at 877-803-2369 to speak with a licensed agent and learn about the coverage options that may be available to them.

The opportunity to purchase major medical health insurance through some health insurance carriers in a certain states beyond the March 31 open enrollment deadline may end soon.

Check out this list of states with their own exchanges where you may still be able to sign up “off exchange”

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