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  • The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance using the marketplace has been significantly reduced for 2018 and will only last from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. If you don't sign up by December 15, 2017 and don't qualify for an exemption then you will have to wait until next years open enrollment to sign up for health insurance coverage.
  • Whether you are already retired, close to retirement age, or just wanting to know what Social Security benefits you could expect in the years to come, this article provides all the Social Security benefits calculators available to best plan for your future.Scroll through until you find the one you are looking for.
  • Applying for public housing can be a daunting task. This article aims to make the process as easy as possible for you, providing all the info you'll need to see if you qualify, how to apply, what discounts on rent look like under public housing, and what to expect at every step of the process.
  • If you are currently unemployed or know you will be getting laid off in the near future then you are probably trying to figure out how and when you should begin the process of filing for unemployment. These benefits are a vital revenue source for individuals and families who are currently unemployed, but those benefits vary wildly depending on what state you live in.
  • Are you one of millions of Americans considering applying for a home mortgage, but don't know if you have enough equity to qualify for a loan? If you are then applying for a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loan might be something you should seriously consider.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) helps over 8 million disabled, blind and elderly Americans in need every year. You can find out exactly what SSI is, who qualifies, how to apply, and how to get additional SSI benefits from your state all right here. Let's get started.
  • As a former college admissions counselor I used to tell every prospective student that there's a lot of money out there, but you're going to have to spend some time working to get some of it. It was true then and it's true now.
  • When one searches for Welfare programs, it usually involves sifting through lists upon lists of vague titles and convoluted government jargon. Then why not take a glance at this one stop shop for all things related to government assistance? For those seeking benefits, benefits.gov is a good source. There, one can browse by program category, state and agency.

Latest Texas Forum Posts

  • The special session of the Texas Legislature began with an announcement by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, pushing — among other priorities — property tax reform
  • Jul 06 2016
    Getting a job under Medicaid’s income rules
    My 74-year-old wife applied for Medicaid because she needs long term skilled nursing care. How much will Medicaid pay monthly for her care and how much can I earn?
  • The era of cheap housing in Dallas-Fort Worth is over. If you don’t believe it, check your 2016 property tax bill. Our Watchdog Dave Lieber is here to help.
  • Homeowners who live in their homes receive a tax break called a homestead exemption. If you're older than 65, you get a bigger tax break.
  • The online federal insurance marketplace opened for business Sunday. It's the third year of open enrollment for these subsidized plans, established by the Affordable Care Act. Many Texans still oppose the law, even though the state is home to the most uninsured people in the country. For the moment, Texas Republicans still consider the Affordable Care Act to be political kryptonite. Sen. Ted Cruz continues to criticize it. Attorney General Ken Paxton just filed another lawsuit attacking part of it. Gov. Greg Abbott has said he won't consider the Medicaid expansion, because he considers Medicaid a dysfunctional entitlement program that should not be allowed to expand.
  • When the Affordable Care Act took effect in October 2013, there were 14 states in which more than 1 in 5 adults lacked health insurance; today only Texas remains, according to data released Monday. At the other end of the scale, only five states' populations were so well-insured in 2013 that fewer than 1 in 10 adult residents lacked insurance. Today, more than half the states have achieved that goal.
  • Jul 18 2015
    Feds: Texas will get fair shake on Medicaid
    A Texas lawmaker was wary that the waiver wouldn't be renewed next year.
  • For the last four years, Texas healthcare providers have received billions of dollars from the federal government for treating the uninsured while implementing programs to keep them healthy. The state will need to ask for a renewal this year if it wants that money once the funds’ authorization expires in September 2016. And there’s no guarantee Texas will be given more money. The saga of the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program has incensed politicians, triggered nervousness in providers, and now has once again sparked a standoff of sorts between Texas and the Obama administration.

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