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    ASK EMILY: Got an Obamacare tax credit? You may need a tax preparer.

    BY EMILY BAZAR CHCF Center for Health Reporting
    Thursday, Feb 12 2015 04:23 PM

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. Hey, health insurance stragglers, this is your moment. Obamacare's second open-enrollment period ends Feb. 15, which is the last day to apply for health coverage for 2015 from Covered California or the private market. (That is, unless you experience a major life change such as the birth of a child, divorce or job loss, which would trigger a special enrollment period.)

    Some of you aren't straggling. You've chosen to remain uninsured because of cost, political opposition to the Affordable Care Act or another reason.

    But remember, your choice has consequences. And they're coming due. If you didn't have coverage last year and don't qualify...

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    ASK EMILY: How to dodge the Obamacare tax penalty -- legally

    It's that joyous time of year when W-2s, 1099s and the other forms we need for our taxes start landing in our mailboxes. A new form debuts this year. It's called the 1095-A and goes to people who purchased health insurance through Covered...

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    ASK EMILY: Covered California's confusing mail

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. You've jumped through all of Covered California's hoops. You figured out what makes a bronze plan different from a silver one. You made your...

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    ASK EMILY: Health law mandate hits employers unevenly

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. Starting Jan. 1, one of the most-feared aspects of the Affordable Care Act took effect after some delay, requiring large businesses to...

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    ASK EMILY: Updating your income could lead to canceled health plan

    How much money will you make next year? Yeah, I wouldn't know the answer to that either. Projecting your income for the coming year has become a confounding but critical exercise in determining your eligibility for tax credits from...

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    Health reform in California: A state of accelerating change

    Gail Fulbeck, 64, relies on her body for work. She hauls soda, energy drinks, snacks and water to the 23 vending machines she owns around downtown Sacramento. The physical demands of her job, coupled with her husband's history of...

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    Health reform proves a mixed bag in Kern

    Margaret Pendley has had chronic pain since the double whammy of a car accident in February and a fall a month later. The restaurant server has been on disability since the accident, and has spent much of this year trying to find a pain...

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    ASK EMILY: It's not easy to check out of Hotel Covered California

    In my previous column, I explained that you become ineligible for Covered California's tax credits when you turn 65 and enroll in Medicare. You will owe money to the government if you keep getting the credits after your Medicare begins....

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    ASK EMILY: New to Medicare? Drop Covered California fast

    It's open-enrollment season again, and I'm not just talking about Covered California. Among those making important health care decisions right now are more than 50 million Americans -- including more than 5 million Californians -- who...


    ASK EMILY: Open enrollment II: Tips for Obamacare's second year

    I'm a notorious penny-pincher, though I much prefer the term "thrifty." So I have some counterintuitive advice when it comes to picking a Covered California plan: Cheaper isn't always better. I'll explain why below and provide other advice...

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    ASK EMILY: Key efforts to reform health reform

    It has been quite a year. More than 3 million of you signed up for new health coverage in California. But many of you couldn't find doctors who accepted your plans. Some of you were charged hundreds or thousands of dollars for desperately...

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    ASK EMILY: Translations key to keeping coverage

    Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, has taken a lot of heat for its communication -- or lack thereof -- to consumers who don't speak English well. To its credit, the agency has improved in the past year, especially...

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    ASK EMILY: Look Ma, no option! My teeth are covered.

    Like many things in Obamacare, dental insurance is more complicated than it should be. In today's column, I'll try to bring some clarity to the issue and preview coming changes that may affect how often you see a dentist -- and at what...

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