As part of the new health care reform that was enacted by Congress under the Affordable Care Act, many lower income persons are eligible to take advantage of financial assistance to obtain individual health insurance when the changes are implemented in 2014. The government assistance generally comes in the form of a tax credit, providing a dollar-for-dollar tax reduction or benefit to persons who spend on health care through a state-operated health insurance exchange. The credit is gained when a tax return is filed after the fact.

Additionally, up front individual subsidies will also be made available to primarily aimed at middle and low-income persons who have to pay for their own coverage, the premium payment subsidies can be used by families earning up to $94,200 in a year, or $45,960 for individuals. Those with no tax liability can instead get help up front when buying insurance, and the government pays the subsidy to the insurance company. The consumer realizes a discounted price for cash out of pocket as a result.

Because of how complicated the process can be an expert guide is extremely helpful. Bernardini & Donovan Insurance Services can provide assistance in understanding options as well as coverage. Give their office call for more information.