February 2019 Newsletter

HIGHLIGHT

Tax Season 2019

This year, April 15th is the last day to file personal income taxes in the United States including Nebraska. Please direct consumers to these *free* tax prep sites:

Organization Phone Website Notes / Restrictions
VITA / TCE 1-800-906-9887 Click Here The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
AARP online search only Click Here AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 50 and older – at more than 5,000 locations nationwide.
NE United Way 2-1-1 2-1-1 Click Here United Way’s free 2-1-1 referral services offers referrals to tax preparation assistance locations anywhere in NE or western IA. Just dial 2-1-1 or visit the website to get started.

*Depending on income and circumstances

UPCOMING EVENTS

If you know about health care-related and/or outreach and enrollment events happening in your area, visit our events page and enter your event into our Submit An Event form.

EVENTS

Nebraska Legislative Session: Jan 9 – Jun 6

To keep up with bills and advocacy opportunities as they come up (including information on Medicaid Expansion funding, etc.), go to Nebraska Appleseed’s webpage HERE and sign up for “legislative updates.”

Webinars

Families USA: 2019 State Paths to Better Health Care
Wednesday, Feb 27, 1-2 pm Central
Register HERE
This session will discuss the 2019 legislative sessions and state efforts to expand health coverage, achieve equity, and drive health care value for consumers.

Health Reform Beyond the Basics: Special Enrollment Periods
Thursday, Feb 28, 2-3 pm Central
Register HERE
The webinar will review the circumstances that trigger Special Enrollment Periods and will clarify changes and updates related to SEPs.

NEWS AND UPDATES

If you’d like more health-related news, we recommend Kaiser Health News to sign up for periodic email updates.

The Hill: Top Dems blast administration’s proposed ObamaCare changes
Top House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration’s proposed changes for ObamaCare insurance markets, saying the rule will lead to increased costs and fewer people being covered.

RESOURCES

Nebraska DHHS Webpage on Medicaid Expansion

Nebraska Legislature Website

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