ObamaCare Cost Assistance For 2017 Plans

Updated Cost Assistance Information for 2017 For 2017, shoppers can get three types of health insurance cost assistance under the ACA: Premium Tax Credits, Cost Sharing Reduction Subsides, and Medicaid/CHIP. Below is updated cost assistance information for 2017 plans, including all plans purchased during 2017 open enrollment Nov 1. 2016 – Jan. 31. 2017. TIP: Seniors…

What is HillaryCare?

HillaryCare Explained – The History of Hillary Clinton’s Healthcare Reform Efforts HillaryCare describes healthcare reform efforts by Hillary Clinton. This includes her healthcare reform efforts in 1993 that paved the way for CHIP and the ACA, and all efforts since. If Hillary gets elected HillaryCare will describe healthcare reform under her Presidency. Below we discus: Hillary’s…

ObamaCare News Archives 2012 – 2014

ObamaCare News Archives Below you will find our archive of news articles on the Affordable Care Act from 2012 – 2014, see our current ObamaCare news section for recent news related to the ACA. ObamaCare News November 2014 Should I Shop Inside or Outside of the Marketplace? Published November 20th, 2014 by ObamaCare Facts Most of…

Health Insurance Premium and Cost Sharing Explanation

A Quick and Simple Guide to Health Insurance Costs and Assistance Types of health insurance costs include: monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs / cost sharing (copays, coinsurance, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum). Here the premium is what one pays for the policy, and then cost sharing is a reference to the part of the costs the plan covers…

ObamaCare Birth Control

ObamaCare covers one type of birth control per person from each of 18 FDA-approved categories at no out-of-pocket cost, although some plans have exemptions. This page will tell you what kinds of birth control are covered, which health plans have exemptions, how to get free birth control under the Affordable Care Act, and how to get help…

What is the Best Health Insurance Plan?

The best health insurance plan for an individual or family is going to depend on the income and needs of that family. With that said, many will find a marketplace plan that qualifies for cost assistance to be the best value for them. Very generally speaking the best health plan when it comes to benefits…

Low Cost Health Insurance

Get the facts on low cost health insurance, how Medicaid and Marketplace subsidies can lower your costs, and how to get affordable coverage. Getting low cost health insurance is a little more complicated than just finding the right broker, picking the lowest premium plan, or general cost sharing amounts. It’s about understanding what cost assistance you…

What are Health Insurance Networks?

How Health Insurance Networks Work With Health Insurance The general types of networks are HMOs and PPOs. A given provider will then either be “in-network” or “out-of-network” for a given plan. You and your insurer save money by using “in-network providers.” You’ll almost always have different cost-sharing when you use a provider “out-of-network,” so you’ll…

Self Employed Premiums Unaffordable

My husband and I have not been helped but hurt and our details are below. But before I get into our details want to say that middle income people who do not qualify for subsidies, especially those who do not have health coverage via an employer (e.g. self employed or those who work for employers…

What is Cost-Sharing?

Cost-sharing in health insurance is your share of costs (copays, coinsurance, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum) for covered benefits in a policy period. Typically cost-sharing does not apply to Premiums, uncovered costs, or balance billing. TIP: In simple terms, cost-sharing describes your share of the costs vs. your insurer’s share of the cost in respect to your…

Tips for Getting the Best Health Plan

Here is a quick list of tips for getting the best health plan. No matter how you shop, this list will ensure you don’t over or under-buy health insurance. NOTE: Finding the best health plan for you and your family depends on your family size, income, needs, region, and more. The best plan for one…

Health Insurance Coinsurance

What is Health Insurance Coinsurance? In health insurance, coinsurance is your share of costs of the allowed amount for a covered service after you reach your deductible. Coinsurance is different from a copay which is a fixed dollar amount for services and is not typically dependent on meeting your deductible. How does Coinsurance Work? Each service or drug that is subject…

Health Insurance Copay (Copayment)

What is a Health Insurance Copay? In health insurance a copay (copayment) is a fixed amount you pay for covered services, typically when you get the service. Copays differ from coinsurance (the percentage you pay for covered services, usually after reaching your deductible). Each plan treats copays and coinsurance differently, so it’s important to understand if…

Health Insurance Deductible

What is a Health Insurance Deductible? Your health insurance deductible is the amount you have to pay out-of-pocket for covered services before your insurance begins to pay. It doesn’t include premiums or costs that aren’t covered by your plan. Once you meet your deductible, your plan will pay its share of your coinsurance. TIP: Your maximum deductible…

Health Insurance Premium

What is a Health Insurance Premium? Your health insurance premium is the amount paid to an insurer, typically per month, for a health plan. Tax Credits are available to lower monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you have coverage through work, your employer typically pays part of your premium. Let’s look a little more…

Cost Sharing Reduction Subsidies (CSR)

How Do Cost Sharing Reduction Subsidies Work? ObamaCare’s Cost Sharing Reduction Subsidies (CSR) lower out-of-pocket costs, based on income, for Silver plans bought on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Along with Premium Tax Credits, ObamaCare’s Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies lower what you pay for out-of-pocket costs like deductibles, copays, and coinsurance, making health insurance coverage more affordable and…

Health Savings Account (HSA)

What is a Health Savings Account? A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged medical savings account you can contribute to and draw money from for certain medical expenses tax-free. HSAs can be used for out-of-pocket medical, dental, and vision. HSAs can’t be used to pay health insurance premiums. HSA’s can only be used with…

Catastrophic Health Plans

If you are under 30 or obtained a “hardship exemption” you qualify for a high deductible, low premium, catastrophic plan. Catastrophic health plans are the cheapest plan you can get that counts as minimum essential coverage. Catastrophic plans can be good for those who want cheap, barebones care. Catastrophic plans tend to trade a low…

How to Compare Health Plans

Learn how to compare health plans to get the best deals on health insurance and health care. Compare your health needs with your plans costs and coverage, to find an affordable plan with benefits that are designed to cover you. No matter how you shop, and boy are there a lot of different options under…

How Does Health Insurance Work?

How does health insurance work? You pay a monthly premium and your share of annual out-of-pocket costs, and your insurer pays it’s share of covered costs.  The concept is simple, but getting that perfect health plan takes some brain power and elbow grease.  By taking the time to master and internalize the content of this page,…