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Subsidies Make ACA Health Insurance Affordable

Subsidies make health insurance more affordable, but many people forego coverage because they think it’s too expensive. Find out how Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace subsidies make getting free or low cost coverage possible for you and your family. 

What subsidies are available through the federal marketplace?

There are 2 ways to save on ACA plans:

  1. Premium tax credits lower your monthly plan payments, called premiums 
  2. The cost sharing reduction helps cover deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for care you receive 

Who is eligible for premium tax credits and how do they work?

ACA health plans are placed into 4 groups—bronze, silver, gold, and platinum—to make it easier for you to compare plans and understand costs. The premium tax credit lowers the amount you, if eligible, must pay for the monthly premium for the benchmark plan, which is the second-lowest cost silver plan available to in your area. You can enroll in any plan, regardless of metal group, but tax credits are based on the second lowest silver plan. 

Read Understanding Metal Plans to learn more about the metal groups and costs. 

Tax credit eligibility 

Your tax credit is based on your:

  1. Household income
  2. Where your household income falls on the federal poverty line (FPL) shown below
  3. The cost of your plan. 
    1. In 2024, if you or your family’s household income is less than 200% FPL, you pay $0 for your plan’s monthly premium.

Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPL) income thresholds for ACA coverage year 2024, showing 100 to 400 percent FPL for 1 to 8 members of a household

In addition to your household income, you must:

  • Not have access to affordable coverage through an employer (including a family member’s employer)
  • Not be eligible for coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Have U.S. citizenship or proof of legal residency
    • Lawfully present immigrants whose household income is below 100 percent FPL can also be eligible for ACA tax subsidies if they meet all other eligibility requirements
  • Must file taxes jointly if you are married

Save even more with cost sharing reductions

Cost sharing reductions lower your deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance costs. To be eligible, you must meet all of 3 requirements:

  1. You are eligible for tax credits
  2. Your household income is between 100 to 250 FPL
  3. You enroll in a silver-level plan

It’s not too late to get a $0 or low-cost ACA plan

There is still time to enroll in an ACA plan: 

  • Enroll by December 15, 2023 for coverage to start on January 1, 2024
  • Enroll by January 15, 2024 for coverage to start on February 1, 2024

If you live in a state that has its own healthcare exchange, you may have more time to enroll. 

American Exchange can see what tax credits you are eligible for

To see if you are eligible for ACA subsidies, contact American Exchange. Our licensed, independent health insurance benefits experts make sure you get all the savings you are eligible for. We help you find the best plan for your budget, health, and lifestyle needs at no cost or obligation to you. And we are available year-round to answer your insurance-related questions. Contact us today.

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