Confused about What Happens at Tax Time? FAQs on Penalties, Exemptions, Reconciliation, and SEPs

As part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project to help navigators and assisters in five states, faculty at Georgetown’s CHIR and the Center for Children and Families have been getting a lot of tax-related questions lately. Tricia Brooks, Sandy Ahn, Sabrina Corlette and JoAnn Volk share answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Continue reading

Another Shift in Health Insurance Rules: Helping Consumers Keep Up

On the eve of the December 23 deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage, the Administration announced that people whose previous health plans had been cancelled will now be allowed to enroll in alternative, bare-bones coverage. Consumers and those charged with helping them enroll – navigators, brokers, application assisters and others – are likely to have questions about the change. Sabrina Corlette provides answers here. Continue reading

Delay the Individual Mandate? Why That’s a Bad Idea.

The Urban Institute has published a helpful analysis of proposals to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provisions. The authors detail why such proposals would have disastrous consequences for the millions of consumers expected to benefit from the law. Sabrina Corlette took a look and shares why delaying the individual mandate is tantamount to repealing the ACA itself. Continue reading