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I thought subsidies were available for anyone with incomes up to 400 percent of poverty level, but the calculators I’ve used say our family doesn’t qualify. Why?

I thought subsidies were available for anyone with incomes up to 400 percent of poverty level, but the calculators I’ve used say our family doesn’t qualify. Why?

April 7, 2020 – Q. Our family of three has an income of $62,000 (just over 300 percent of poverty level). I thought that subsidies were available for… Read more

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We’re a family of four with an income of $47,000 a year. What kinds of subsidies are available to help us purchase insurance through the exchanges?

August 14, 2020 – Q. We're a family of four with an income of $47,000 a year. What kinds of subsidies are available to help us purchase insurance through the… Read more

Common questions on buying health insurance.

We claim our son, but not our daughter, on our taxes. How are premium subsidies calculated for families like ours?

November 3, 2019 – Q. My husband and I have two children. We claim our son on our taxes; he's in high school, lives at home and has a part-time job. Our 23… Read more

I understand that subsidies come in the form of tax credits. But I’m unemployed and probably won’t owe any taxes. How would the subsidy help me?

I understand that subsidies come in the form of tax credits. But I’m unemployed and probably won’t owe any taxes. How would the subsidy help me?

January 20, 2020 – A: The premium subsidy offered through the exchanges is a tax credit, but it differs from some other tax credits in two important ways.… Read more

Common questions on buying health insurance.

Who ISN’T eligible for Obamacare’s premium subsidies?

June 1, 2019 – Q. Obamacare advocates frequently talk about how most exchange enrollees qualify for government subsidies. But who is left out? Aren't… Read more

Should you auto-renew your health plan?

Should I let my individual health insurance plan automatically renew?

October 21, 2020 – If you have a health plan in the individual market, on-exchange or off-exchange, you can probably just let it renew for the coming year… Read more

What are off-exchange health plans?

What are off-exchange health insurance plans and how are they regulated?

October 21, 2020 – An off-exchange plan is a health insurance policy that is purchased directly from an insurance company or through an agent or broker,… Read more

If my income is less than expected this year, I might be eligible for Medicaid. What can I do to cover my bases?

If my income is less than expected this year, I might be eligible for Medicaid. What can I do to cover my bases?

June 17, 2020 – Q: I'm self-employed, so my income varies from one year to the next. I enrolled through the exchange and projected an income that makes me… Read more

Does the Affordable Care Act make it easier to get individual health insurance?

Does the Affordable Care Act make it easier to get individual health insurance?

June 18, 2016 – Q: Does the Affordable Care Act make it easier to get individual health insurance? A: Yes, in several ways, it's easier to get… Read more

With my income, I’m barely over the eligibility limit for a premium subsidy. Is there anything I can do to lower my income so I become eligible?

With my income, I’m barely over the eligibility limit for a premium subsidy. Is there anything I can do to lower my income so I become eligible?

May 10, 2020 – Q. With my current income, I am not eligible for a premium subsidy – but I'm just barely over the limit. Is there anything I can do to… Read more

A girl with a puzzled look on her face wondering how much the IRS will charge her for health insurance

Is the IRS changing how much I’ll have to pay for my health insurance next year?

August 15, 2020 – Q. I saw that the percentage of income I have to pay for my health insurance will be higher for 2021, after decreasing for 2020. Is the… Read more

What is the ACA’s catastrophic plan and who is eligible?

What is the ACA’s catastrophic plan and who is eligible?

January 1, 2020 – ACA's catastrophic plan is available to people under age 30 – or people 30 and older who qualify for a hardship exemption from the ACA's… Read more