November 1 marked the primary day of the Market Open Enrollment Interval in most states. CHIR up to date its Navigator Useful resource Information simply in time for the annual enrollment window. The Navigator Information, supported by the Robert Wooden Johnson Basis, offers an easy-to-use on-line useful resource for assisters, together with over 300 searchable steadily requested questions (FAQs), truth sheets for all 50 states and DC, and an “Ask an Skilled” characteristic.
Throughout Open Enrollment, we’ll spotlight FAQs from the Navigator Information about Market eligibility, enrollment, monetary help, and different frequent questions that come up all through the signup course of. This week, we’re looking at who’s eligible for Market plans.
Who can purchase protection within the Market?
Most individuals can store for protection within the Market. To be eligible you will need to stay within the state the place your Market is, you should be a citizen of the U.S. or be lawfully current within the U.S., and you will need to not presently be incarcerated.
Not everyone who’s eligible to buy protection within the Market might be eligible for subsidies, nevertheless. To qualify for subsidies individuals should not be eligible for sure different forms of protection, equivalent to Medicare, Medicaid, or an reasonably priced employer plan. (45 C.F.R. § 155.305; 26 U.S.C. § 36B(c).)
I’m eligible for well being advantages at work, however I wish to see if I can get a greater deal within the Market. Can I do this?
Assuming you meet different eligibility necessities, you possibly can store for protection on the Market throughout open enrollment or a particular enrollment interval if eligible, however when you have entry to job-based protection, you won’t qualify for premium tax credit.
When persons are eligible for employer-sponsored protection, they’ll solely qualify for Market premium tax credit if the employer-sponsored protection is unaffordable. The best way that is calculated, protection is unaffordable provided that your value for protection for a single individual beneath the employer plan is greater than 8.39 p.c of your family earnings in 2024 (for 2023, it’s 9.12 p.c of family earnings). (IRS Rev. Proc. 2023-29.)
Can I purchase a plan within the Market if I don’t have a inexperienced card?
Probably, sure. With the intention to purchase a Market plan, you will need to have a qualifying immigration standing, equivalent to everlasting residency (inexperienced card), sure forms of visas, or refugee standing. You could find extra details about qualifying statuses right here.
If you’re not lawfully current within the U.S., you aren’t eligible to purchase a plan on the medical insurance Market. Nonetheless, you possibly can store for particular person medical insurance exterior of the Market and a few states might give you monetary help, relying in your earnings. To acquire protection, contact a state-licensed medical insurance firm or a licensed agent or dealer. Your state Division of Insurance coverage will help you discover one. (45 C.F.R. § 155.305.)
Open Enrollment runs by January 15 in most states. Keep tuned for extra FAQs of the week and take a look at the Navigator Useful resource Information for much more FAQs and useful sources.