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Individual Health Insurance: Covered California Opened for Enrollment Today

If you don’t have insurance through your employer you will need to get coverage by January 1, 2014. Covered California, the new health insurance exchange operating throughout the state, will function as a marketplace through which you can compare insurance plans available to you and find the coverage you need. Covered California opened for enrollment today, October 1, 2013, to set plans in place that will begin on January 1, 2014. Failure to establish insurance for the next year may lead to fines or penalties. Many California residents don’t have insurance because they believe it will be too expensive, but under the changes made by the Affordable Care Act insurance coverage will become far more reasonable for everyone. There are also federal programs available to support those that simply cannot afford their medical coverage. Covered California will be serving anyone who is a resident of the state. Insurance can no

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Am I eligible for cost-sharing subsidies?

Many people will qualify for health insurance subsidies once the Affordable Care Act is initiated in January 1, 2014. The Affordable Care Act will require that anyone without health insurance from their employer acquire health insurance on their own. Whether these individuals can get federal subsidies will be based on the size of their families and the amount they make every year. Individuals will be able to find out more about these subsidies at the health care exchanges, which are set to open throughout the United States. In general, single individuals who make less than $27,936 every year will be eligible for federal subsidies for their health insurance. Families of four will have a threshold of $57,636 to qualify for federal subsidies. Most of these federal subsidies may be adjusted based on income levels. Health insurance will no longer be determined based on prior health issues, which means that many

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How Government Subsidies Will Work in 2014 for Health Insurance

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

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What are Subsidies for Individual Health Insurance Policies?

The upcoming change that requires all individuals to have an individual health insurance policy is making many concerned about what it means for them. The biggest concern that people are expressing is one of being able to afford a policy as health insurance isn’t cheap. Fortunately, the legislation foresaw the fact that cost would be an issue for the uninsured and took steps to alleviate the cost in the form of individual subsidies. There are two requirements needed in order to qualify for individual subsidies. One is to obtain an individual health insurance premium through an exchange and the other is to have income less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). As an example, the FPL for a family of four in 2011 was $89,000. Individuals whose employers policy is too expensive or has inadequate coverage can also qualify for individual subsidies. The ACA has two kinds

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Premium Assistance Subsidies

Individuals may be concerned about the new Affordable Care Act, as it will require those without employer-paid insurance benefits to get their own health insurance. However, the government is aware that not everyone can afford to pay for their own insurance policies. As a consequence, there will be federal subsidies for those that make under a certain amount. These subsidies will be available through a health care exchange and will be available to those that have income of less than four times the level of federal poverty. The methods by which the amount of the subsidy, as well as the premium limits associated with it, will be calculated are a little complex, but a health care exchange will be able to help interested individuals learn more. In general, however, the Affordable Care Act seeks to provide health insurance with as little financial damage to the insurance consumer as possible, and

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What Makes You Eligible for Individual Subsidies for Health Insurance

In 2014, all Americans are required to have health insurance or pay a fine. This fact has many worried about being able to afford individual health insurance because they can’t afford an individual health insurance policy as they currently exist. The good news is, the Affordable Care Act took a proactive stance and included a provision that created individual subsidies to help offset the cost of coverage. In order to be considered eligible for the subsidies, there are two tests that have to be passed. One way to gain individual subsidies is to purchase insurance through an exchange and have income that is less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2011, the FPL amount for a family of four was $89,000 in gross income. The other option is when employer-offered health insurance is more than 9.5 percent of the total household income. A policy that costs this

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