ObamaCare 1040 Forms

Everything You Need to Know About Your 1040 and the ACA You’ll need to file a 1040 form under ObamaCare, find out what sections of the 1040 apply to health insurance and what type of 1040 you need to file. Need to Print Out a 1040 Form? Get a list of all 1040 forms and instructions…

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…

ObamaCare Exemptions List

A list of ObamaCare’s Exemptions, including Hardship Exemptions, you can apply for in order to qualify for Special Enrollment or be exempt from the fee can be found below. This page just covers the basics, see our page on ObamaCare Exemptions for further details on exemptions and the fee (active on plans held in 2014 –…

ObamaCare Deficit and Debt

ObamaCare decreases the deficit and debt with cost controlling provisions and taxes, but subsidies, protections, and healthcare spending may result in more debt over the long term if no further changes are made. UPDATE 2019: This page was created in 2015, numbers have been revised since this was written. So the logic remains the same, but the specific numbers need to…

Federal Tax Filing Requirement Thresholds

Everything You Need to Know About the Tax Filing Thresholds Federal Tax Filing Requirement Thresholds are used to determine if you file your taxes or not. Filing threshold is based on Gross Income and filing status. What is the tax filing threshold? The tax filing threshold for a single adult under 65 in 2018 is $12,000.…

Individual Shared Responsibility Payment

The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment is the fee for not having Minimum Essential Coverage. Follow our guide to make calculating your payment easy. UPDATE 2019: For 2019 forward there is no fee for not having health insurance in most states. In this sense, the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision has been effectively repealed as the federal…

Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions and Instructions

Find out how to fill out Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions, the form for reporting ObamaCare Exemptions. We provide a simplified breakdown of form 8965. Due to changes in the tax structure under Trump there will be no federal fee for not having health coverage in most states for 2019 forward, thus exemptions won’t be…

Form 1095-A, 1095-B, 1095-C, and Instructions

The 1095 forms are filed by the marketplace (1095-A), other insurers (1095-B), or by your employer (1095-C). We have simple instructions for the 1095 forms. Keep in mind the 1095 forms are filed by whomever provided you coverage, so individuals won’t have to fill them out themselves. TIP: This page has been updated for 2019 – 2020…

How Does ObamaCare Control Costs?

Some say ObamaCare doesn’t do enough to control health care cost. Let’s look at how ObamaCare controls healthcare spending with cost controlling provisions. TIP: To find out what coverage under the Affordable Care Act will cost you, make sure to check out the healthcare.gov marketplace and find your cost after assistance is applied. Taxpayers are benefitting as…

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 insurers share of the cost in…

Premium Tax Credit Form 8962 and Instructions

The Forms Needed if You Got Marketplace Tax Credits Under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) Find out how to fill out Premium Tax Credit Form 8962, the form for reporting ObamaCare Tax Credits. We’ll review MAGI, FPL, and Adjusting credits. The information on the 8962 Premium Tax Credit form below is updated for 2019 plans…

Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)

What is Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI), Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), Gross Income (GI), Family Income, Household Income, Etc? Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is Gross Income (GI) Adjusted for deductions (AGI) and then Modified by adding some deductions back in (MAGI). On this page, we cover MAGI as it applies to Medicaid and the Marketplace.…

Factors that Affect Health Insurance Costs

Let’s take a look at factors that affect health insurance costs for premiums and cost sharing under ObamaCare, including Marketplace subsidies and Medicaid. ObamaCare helps ensure fair health insurance premiums (Sec. 2701), helps curb premium growth, and provides Tax Credits to lower premium costs. The ACA also includes measures to reduce out-of-pocket spending and curb national…

Premium Tax Credits

ObamaCare’s Premium Tax Credits can be paid to your insurer in advance to lower your monthly premium on a Marketplace plan or adjusted on your tax returns. Tax Credits are based on income and available to folks making between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level FPL (between $12,490-$49,960 for an individual and between $25,750-$103,000…

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…

File Taxes For ObamaCare

There are several reasons you may have to file taxes under ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act). Learn how to file your ObamaCare taxes in 2019 and beyond. This section includes tips on: how to make a Shared Responsibility Payment for not having coverage, how to report health coverage known as Minimum Essential Coverage, how to…

ObamaCare Calculator: Subsidies, Tax Credits, Cost Assistance

How to Calculate Tax Credits and Subsidies for Health Insurance Sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace Our ObamaCare calculator will help you calculate tax credits and subsidies for health insurance sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Use this quick health insurance tax credit guide to help you understand the process. Or, just use one of the…

ObamaCare Tax: Full List of ObamaCare Taxes

How ObamaCare Taxes Affect You: New Taxes, Hikes, Breaks, Credits, and Other Changes Here’s a full list of ObamaCare Taxes. The 21 new ObamaCare tax hikes and breaks impact us all, but which ObamaCare taxes will you actually pay? Find out how the tax related provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) will affect you,…

ObamaCare Subsidies

ObamaCare Subsidies on Your State’s Health Insurance Marketplace ObamaCare’s subsidies can save you money on your premium and out-of-pocket expenses. Subsidies are only available through the marketplace, let’s take a look at what subsidies are, how they work, and how you can apply for free or low-cost health insurance today. Get the details on all…

ObamaCare Mandate: Exemption and Tax Penalty

The ObamaCare Mandate Exemption and How You Can Qualify for an Exemption from the Tax “Penalty.” From 2014 – 2018, who chose not to purchase insurance had pay a tax “penalty” unless they qualified for an exemption. Exemptions from ObamaCare’s tax “penalty” mandate are available to a number of Americans. We will cover all of…

ObamaCare Insurance Premiums

How ObamaCare Affects Health Insurance Premium Rates Insurance premiums are a sore subject with many readers. However, insurance premium increases related to Obamacare are largely a response to the protections contained within the law, such as the mandate for insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions. Meanwhile, parts of the law like the rate review…

Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

What are Federal Poverty Levels Used for? Federal Poverty Levels (which are also called Federal Poverty Guidelines, Federal Poverty Line, or simply FPL) are used to see if you qualify for cost assistance when buying insurance through the State or Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Federal Poverty Levels are also used to help determine Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and to help determine…

The Cost of ObamaCare For Individuals, Families, Taxpayers, and the Government

What Does ObamaCare Cost? Below we look at what ObamaCare costs individuals and families, what ObamaCare costs tax payers, and what ObamaCare costs in terms of government spending. What Will ObamaCare Cost me? The national average of the lowest cost plan under ObamaCare before cost assistance in 2020 is $331 for Bronze, $442 for Silver,…

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