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Although many families may have had their Marketplace health insurance coverage for a year, many parents are confused about what language like co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles mean and families should know what to look for before they pay a health care bill to make sure the information is correct.

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From November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, families will have the opportunity to enroll in health care plans, renew their plan, or change to a new plan in the Marketplace. This blog provides information and resources to help families accomplish these changes.

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Families and professionals working with children with disabilities need to know about various insurance coverage options as children age out of programs. Choices may be different depending upon whether the insurance is employer-based, obtained through the Marketplace, or public insurance. This blog discusses those options and provides additional resources.

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Over 300,000 individuals are at risk of losing health care coverage because of documentation discrepancies in their applications. Letters went out on August 12, 2014 to these individuals. Families and groups working with them can find out how to address this issue by following these tips.

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“Churn” in health care coverage means moving from health plan to health plan based on changes in eligibility. This often causes disruptions in health care coverage having consequences for those who depend on continuous care.

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The Affordable Care Act covers many aspects of wellness and prevention at no cost to families. Wellness and preventive care are important to overall health for children with special needs, and the ACA helps parents by covering these services.

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A discussion of the importance of good dental care; finding dental coverage under the ACA, Medicaid and more; what those you are uninsured can do; and tips for families partnering with oral health professionals.

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) recognizes the difficulty that people with disabilities have encountered in accessing rehabilitative and habilitative services and, under this law, most children with disabilities will now have better coverage. Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices are one of the ten “Essential Health Benefits (EHBs)” mandated by the ACA.

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Now that enrollment is over until November 15, there are circumstances when families need to interact with the marketplace, such as life changes or loss of employer medical insurance. Keep in mind that enrollment in CHIP and Medicaid can occur anytime.

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Some immigrant families, or their individual members, may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP or they may be able to purchase Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) in the federal or a state Exchange/Marketplace. Read more to learn how families can know if they are eligible for Qualified Health Plans or Medicaid.

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