Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage
Since key parts of the health care law took effect in 2014, there is an additional way to buy health
insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. To assist you as you evaluate options for you and your family, this notice provides some basic information about the Marketplace and employment-based health coverage offered by your employer.
What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that meets your needs and fits your budget.
The Marketplace offers “one-stop shopping” to find and compare private health insurance options.
You may also be eligible for a tax credit that lowers your monthly premium right away. Open enrollment periods for health insurance coverage through the federal Marketplace and state-run Marketplaces that use the federal enrollment website (www.healthcare. gov) generally take place from November 1 through December 15 of each year for coverage that will start on or after the first day of the new calendar year. Open enrollment dates may vary if you reside in a state
with a state-run Marketplace that does not use www.healthcare.gov for enrollment. Outside of the open enrollment periods, you can only enroll in or change coverage if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period as a result of certain life events.
Can I Save Money on my Health Insurance Premiums in the Marketplace?
You may qualify to save money and lower your monthly premium, but only if your employer does not offer coverage, or offers coverage that doesn’t meet certain standards. The savings on your premium that you’re eligible for depends on your household income.
Does Employer Health Coverage Affect Eligibility for Premium Savings through the Marketplace?
Yes. If you have an offer of health coverage from your employer that meets certain standards, you will not be eligible for a tax credit through the Marketplace and may wish to enroll in your employer’s health plan. However, you may be eligible for a tax credit that lowers your monthly premium or a reduction in certain cost-sharing if your employer does not offer coverage to you at all or does not offer coverage that meets certain standards. If the cost of a plan from your employer that would cover you (and not any other members of your family) is more than 9.78% of your household income for the year 2020, or if the coverage your employer provides does not meet the “minimum value” standard set by the Affordable Care Act, you may be eligible for a tax credit.1
Note: If you purchase a health plan through the Marketplace instead of accepting health coverage offered by your employer, then you may lose the employer contribution (if any) to the employer-offered coverage. Also, this employer contribution – as well as your employee contribution to employer-offered coverage – is often excluded from income for Federal and State income tax purposes. Your payments for coverage through the Marketplace are made on an after-tax basis.
How Can I Get More Information?
For more information about your coverage offered by your employer, please check your summary plan description or contact Cone Health at 336-832-8777.
The Marketplace can help you evaluate your coverage options, including your eligibility for coverage through the Marketplace and its cost. Please visit HealthCare. gov for more information, including an online application for health insurance coverage and contact information for a Health Insurance Marketplace in your area.
1 An employer-sponsored health plan meets the “minimum value standard” if the plan’s share of the total allowed benefit costs covered by the plan is no less than 60 percent of such costs (Section 36B(c)(2)(C)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986)