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Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 1): Getting Covered

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As the new Federal deadline for signing up for health insurance fast approaches, many Americans are enrolling for the first time.

Whether you have had health insurance through an employer, through Medicare or are new to health insurance, this eight-part blog series, pulled from our Be a Prepared Patient resources, has information to help you understand how to pay for your care, how to interact with your doctor’s office and what preventive care you might need, much of which is provided free under the Affordable Care Act (visit this page from NPR for more FAQs on the Affordable Care Act).

 


 

Need help figuring out how much coverage you need and what special programs or subsidies you and your family might be eligible for?

If you are looking for health insurance, the first thing to do is to figure out what coverage you are eligible for. Find out if you can gain coverage through your employer or if you can be placed on your spouse’s or parent’s plan (until you turn 26 years old). About 55 percent of Americans have an employer-sponsored plan while another 10 percent buy health insurance on their own, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Here are additional resources that can help you choose a health insurance plan that's right for you: Getting Health Insurance.

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Health Insurance   Medicare/Medicaid   Health Care Access   Disease Screening   Health Care Cost   Pay for your Health Care   Lifestyle and Prevention   Inside Healthcare  


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