Should I Get an HMO, PPO, EPO, or POS?

What is the Difference Between a HMO, PPO, EPO, and POS? Which One Should I get HMO, PPO, EPO, and POS are all different types of health insurance provider networks offered by health plans. Of those HMO and PPO are the two most common. Below we help you understand HMOs, PPOs, EPOs, and POSs, each of…

Short-Term and Major Medical Health Insurance

Short Term Coverage Vs. Major Medical Coverage Short term and major medical insurance plans both provide coverage in case of a medical catastrophe, but they have significant differences. Short-term plans are typically used to fill in the gaps between major medical coverage. They act as a temporary coverage and often offer lower premiums for less…

ObamaCare Facts Archive

The facts below are our original “ObamaCare facts” page. These ObamaCare facts will give you a sense of how things used to be and what has changed. See our up-to-date “ObamaCare” facts page here. It is easy to forget that time when women paid more than men for health insurance, or when you could be denied…

How to Use HealthCare.Gov

How Do I Use Healthcare.gov to Sign Up, Shop For Plans, Get Assistance, and Enroll in Health Insurance? We explain how to use the official Health Insurance Marketplace HealthCare.Gov to sign up, shop for coverage, get assistance, and enroll in a health plan. First, to get started, you will need to go to HealthCare.Gov and select your state…

2018 Premium Tax Credits

2018 Premium Tax Credits Under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) We explain how Premium Tax Credits work on 2018 health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). Tax credits can be taken in advance, or at tax time. In other words, ObamaCare’s Premium Tax Credits (PTC) can be paid to your insurer in advance as…

HSA Limits for 2018

Health Saving Accounts and ObamaCare for 2018 We cover everything you need to know about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for 2018, including how HSAs work with health plans under the Affordable Care Act. TIP: The Affordable Care Act is sometimes called “ObamaCare” or the “ACA” for short. Thus, this page is about HSAs and how…

Get Ready for 2018 Open Enrollment

ObamaCare’s open enrollment period for 2018 starts on November 1st, 2017 and ends on December 15th, 2017.  This is what you need to know to enroll for 2018. Some states have longer enrollment periods, so you will have to check your state’s rules. • Open enrollment is the only time you can get cost assistance, enroll…

The 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Understanding the 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines For Cost Assistance Under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) in 2018 and 2019 We explain the 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines for assistance under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). You’ll use these guidelines to determine cost assistance on plans sold during 2019’s open enrollment season. How Cost Assistance Works With…

Is Medicare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board a Cause for Concern?

Why is the Medical Community Concerned About Medicare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and MedPAC? IPAB and MedPAC are Medicare’s cost control systems. We discuss concerns that the medical community has about their potential to limit services and profits. What is The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)? The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is, in theory,…

Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Facts

Everything You Need To Know About the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) AKA The Latest Version of TrumpCare We explain everything you need to know about the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA); the Senate’s new healthcare bill to replace ObamaCare. Below we cover everything you need to know about the Better Care Reconciliation…

The Senate HealthCare Bill (TrumpCare) Explained

Everything You Need To Know About the Senate’s ObamaCare Repeal and Replace Bill (the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Explained) We explain the Senate revision of the House’s American Health Care Act (TrumpCare AKA the Senate’s ObamaCare repeal and replace plan). The bill was just released today, so we need time to do a…

What are Medicare Drug Formularies?

What are Drug Formularies For Medicare Plans? Medicare Prescription drug lists (formularies) are lists of covered drugs, placed into different tiers, where each tier has different costs. Each Medicare plan that provides drug coverage has its own list of covered drugs and costs that follow a set of common rules. Below we will explain more about…

Trump’s Recent HealthCare Claims Fact-Checked

Trump’s Claims That 2 Million More People Just Dropped out of ObamaCare, that ObamaCare is in a Death Spiral, and that Democrats are Obstructing Fact-Checked Trump claimed a lot of things about healthcare recently, we fact-check some key claims like “2 million more people just dropped out of ObamaCare.” Claim: Trump recently tweeted “2 million more people…