— By Dana E. Neuts Two million Washington residents do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work, and approximately 131,000 businesses in the state do not offer such plans for their employees. That’s changing. Washington’s Retirement Marketplace, launched in March, now makes plans with low fees available to individuals who want to save for retirement, with administrative fee-free options for companies that want to offer savings plans to their employees. Administered by the state Department of Commerce, the …

—   10 Things You Need to Know About ACA Enrollment and How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan Download our printable flyer!   When to apply: The marketplace open enrollment begins on Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Dec. 15, 2017.   Who should apply? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace (also called Obamacare) is where people who do not have health care coverage through their job or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, purchase health insurance. …

— The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period is an important opportunity for Wisconsinites who have coverage through the Marketplace to review your plan and compare options to make sure your plan still works for you. This is also an important opportunity for people who do not have health insurance to get coverage. If you are uninsured, the Marketplace is where you can go to shop for coverage and find a plan that fits your needs. And you may be able …

— Hi blog readers – it’s Heather back with your health care post for the week.  With the March 31st health insurance deadline approaching, I thought I would take this opportunity to do a wrap up of some of the health care law information we have shared over the last few months. March 31st is right around the corner!   So, why does that date matter to you?  If you’re one of the millions of Americans without health insurance, you have …

— Hi blog readers!  It’s Heather Heppner, back with your weekly health care post.  Now that we’re five months into the roll-out of the new health insurance marketplaces, I thought we would take a look at how the costs are shaking out. Since the launch of the new health insurance marketplaces in October 2013, over 3.3 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage.  So what are they paying?  Well, that largely depends on where you live.  Congrats to those …

— Late night funnyman David Letterman has a Top 10 list for everything under the sun. As the initial enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace nears an end, we thought we’d try our hand at a Top 10. It may lack some of Dave’s humor, but it does offer you some really good reasons to sign up for insurance before the March 31 deadline.  #10. That broken leg won’t fix itself.  If you show up at an emergency room with a …

— Are you thoroughly confused about the new health insurance marketplace? Having trouble finding someone local who can answer your questions about your eligibility, coverage or possible subsidies that you might qualify for? The good news is, help is available. The Enrollment for Health (E4Health) Wisconsin website is a great resource for anyone in the state who is looking to find local one-on-one assistance with enrollment. To find help in your area, click on The Enrollment Directory for a listing of …

— If your health insurance has been cancelled, you may be tempted to go with the alternative plan being offered by your current insurance provider. But take caution. As with everything, it’s always best to shop and compare first. Understanding your options and knowing how the new health care law affects you and your family is essential to making informed choices that will get you the most bang for your buck. For example, in order to be eligible to receive financial help …

— Hi blog readers!  It’s Heather Heppner with the AARP Illinois Communications Team back with your Tuesday health care post.  This week we’re focusing on what are called the “essential benefits” for plans included in the health insurance Marketplaces. What Are “Essential Health Benefits”? The new health care law requires all health plans sold to individuals and small groups (in most states, groups with no more than 50 employees) to cover certain important health care services, known as “essential health benefits”. …

— Hi blog readers!  This is Heather Heppner with the AARP Illinois Communications Team back with your Tuesday health care law post.  This week we’ll be going over some key dates for enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces. Mark Your Calendars! October 1, 2013: Marketplace open enrollment starts January 1, 2014: Health insurance coverage can start March 31, 2014: Marketplace open enrollment ends   If you enroll in a private health insurance plan any time between October 1, 2013 and December …