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Wednesday, July 1

Adult Dependent Coverage to Age 26

A provision allowing adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents'/guardians' insurance plan.

Tuesday, June 30

MEDI-MEDI

Another term for dual eligibles.

Monday, June 22

Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)

An organization tasked with reviewing the quality of care received by Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Previously called a Peer Review Organization.

Friday, June 19

Hardship Exemption

Because of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act, most people must pay a fee if they don't have health coverage that qualifies as "minimum essential coverage." One exception is based on showing that a "hardship" prevented them from becoming insured. If an individual is homeless, recently experienced domestic violence, experienced the death of a close family member, filed for bankruptcy in the last 6 months, or any of several other qualifiers, a “hardship exemption” from the penalty may apply. Hardship exemptions are usually provided for the month before the hardship, the months of the hardship, and the month after the hardship, including up to a full calendar year.

Wednesday, June 17

Medicare Part D

A program within Medicare to offer private prescription drug coverage plans to beneficiaries. Plan premiums are subsidized and the coverage is optional.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

A program administered by HHS that provides matching funds to states to provide medical services for children of uninsured families who are ineligible for Medicaid.