Frequently-asked questions by tag

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My employer offers insurance, but I think it’s too expensive. Can I apply for a subsidy to help me buy my own insurance?

October 26, 2020 – Q: My employer offers insurance, but I think it's too expensive. Can I apply for a subsidy to help me buy my own insurance? A: Probably… Read more

I’ve heard a lot about health insurance exchanges, but what are SHOP exchanges?

Can small businesses use the ACA’s health insurance marketplaces (exchanges)?

August 12, 2020 – The Affordable Care Act included an enrollment platform called SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program), an exchange where businesses… Read more

Common questions on buying health insurance.

Can I purchase a Platinum policy and also get a premium subsidy?

January 20, 2020 – Q: I’ve heard that the ACA's premium subsidies will only help a person buy a Silver plan which pays for just 70 percent of average… 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

If an individual pays for an exchange plan, how do they pay for the premium pre-tax as would someone with an employer plan?

If an individual pays for an exchange plan, how do they pay for the premium pre-tax as would someone with an employer plan?

January 2, 2018 – Q. If an individual pays for an exchange plan, how do they pay for the premium pre-tax as would someone with an employer plan?… Read more

How do I tell whether I’m eligible for Medicaid or subsidized coverage through my state’s exchange?

How do I tell whether I’m eligible for Medicaid or subsidized coverage through my state’s exchange?

May 10, 2016 – Q: How do I tell whether I'm eligible for expanded Medicaid or a private plan in the exchange? A: When you enroll in the exchange,… Read more