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Don't Miss the Dec 15th Deadline for Health Coverage Enrollment!

Meghana Giridhar - December 09, 2014 01:43 PM

The Health Insurance Marketplace is an easy way to get health coverage in a plan available online, by phone or through a paper application. All plans cover basic benefits, pre-existing conditions and preventive care. The health coverage plans are set up in such a way that most people qualify for tax credits leading to lowered coverage costs.

The qualifying criteria is savings based on income. Any job-based plan, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP or any plan bought by yourself is a qualifying factor. Here is the full list.

Those who don’t opt for any kind of coverage in 2015, will have to pay a penalty of either 2% of the full income or $325 per adult and $162.50 per child (whichever is higher).

December 15th, 2014 is the last day to enroll for coverage starting from January 1st, 2015. Irrespective of when you’ve enrolled, all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends on December 31st, 2014.

Important Links:

  • New applications can be started here at Get Coverage. It also directs you to next steps.
  • 2015 coverage options are available here for those who have 2014 coverage. This page also gives you the opportunity to update your coverage, after you login.
  • Another resource is the quick chart that provides information on income levels for savings on private plans and for Medicaid coverage.

Additional Resources:
  • Trained community helpers are always available to answer questions you might have and also provide help for Medicaid and CHIP applications.
  • 24/7 help is available, 7 days a week at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325), for any questions you might have.

The Marketplace offers a wide range of plans so make an informed choice about your health and enroll now!

Reference: www.healthcare.gov

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