Shortly after the announcement that the employer mandate is delayed until 2015, the federal government announced another change to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time the change is regarding how an individual’s eligibility for a health insurance subsidy will be verified. A person is eligible for a subsidy if: (1) he or she earns less than 400% of federal poverty level (those earning less than 133%
Last month the US Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its ruling in United States v. Windsor. The Court’s landmark decision to overturn DOMA extends federal benefits to legally married, same-sex couples. What does this mean in terms of health insurance reform and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Here are some key points: Eligibility for Federal Health Insurance Subsidies
In an earlier post we defined adequate and affordable health insurance, noting that beginning on January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) states that those people whose employer does not offer adequate and affordable group coverage will be able to purchase insurance on the exchange. One of the ways the new law attempts to make insurance “affordable” is through government subsidy for plans bought on the exchange. Last week,
A health insurance exchange (also known as a marketplace) is a new organization established under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The theory behind the exchanges is to give people access to an organized, competitive market in which they can research and compare various affordable health insurance options, and ultimately purchase a plan that best meets their needs. Key points: When will the exchanges open? October 1, 2013,
In big news for Maryland residents — and maybe a predictor of what is to come for the entire country — the largest provider of health insurance in the state of Maryland is proposing a 25% hike in its premiums in 2014, citing the increased cost of covering previously-uncovered preexisting conditions as set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read the full story in an article published in the
Wondering how much health insurance will cost you in 2014, when the next phase of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect? Curious about your eligibility for tax credits? Check out this quick and easy calculator. Give us a call if we can be of assistance!