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Prepare for Open Enrollment for Health Insurance
(Posted on 9/2/2014)
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering “Smart Choice: Health Insurance” classes throughout the state this fall to help Iowans prepare to select health insurance coverage when open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins again Nov. 15.
Affordable Care Act Has Implications for Farm Families
(Posted on 8/18/2014)
Considering the high cost of health insurance, farm families should become familiar with changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists in family finance discuss the implications for farm families in the August issue of Ag Decision Maker.
Retirement Planning Important for Child Care Professionals
(Posted on 8/6/2014)
Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. However it’s vital they include retirement planning in their financial planning, says Cindy Thompson, a family life and family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
ISU Extension and Outreach Publications Examine Retirement Issues
(Posted on 7/21/2014)
The "Retirement: Secure Your Future" series is now available for free download from the ISU Extension and Outreach online store. 
Check Credit Report to Make Sure You Are ‘You’
(Posted on 7/1/2014)
Iowans should take a look at their credit report every year to make sure the information is accurate and to correct any errors. One way to learn more about credit is to sign up for “Your Money, Your Future” workshops from ISU Extension and Outreach.
Online Extension Course Helps Home Buyers
(Posted on 6/2/2014)
Buying a home is one of the most complicated financial transactions that most Americans will undertake. To help consumers get ready to buy a home, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers “A Place of Your Own,” an online home ownership course.
Approved Debtor Education Course Offers Recovery after Bankruptcy
(Posted on 5/1/2014)
Individuals filing for personal bankruptcy can turn to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for the education that is required during the bankruptcy process.
Money Smart Week Events Help Iowans Manage Personal Finances
(Posted on 3/26/2014)
Iowans have a chance to brush up on their money management skills during Money Smart Week April 5-12, 2014. Financial institutions, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and community groups have teamed up to offer a full week of events designed to help Iowans of all ages better manage their finances.
Course Sharpens Financial Coaching Skills
(Posted on 3/3/2014)
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers “Sharpen Your Financial Coaching Skills.” The course is designed for volunteers, clergy, social workers and others working in nonprofit groups and organizations, who assist their clients or members with financial management concerns,
All Open Enrollment for Individual Health Insurance Ends March 31
(Posted on 3/3/2014)
Iowans no longer can procrastinate when it comes to health insurance. When the annual open enrollment period ends on March 31, most people will be unable to purchase individual health coverage from any source until the next open enrollment period in fall 2014.

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