Facts You Need to Know for a Successful Open Enrollment, Part 7

Open Enrollment, the time designated to enroll in or change your qualified health plan, begins November 15th. That’s less than three weeks away! Understanding the basics can help you take advantage of this important time period.  Brought to you by REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, part seven of this nine part series will help you learn important facts about this year’s Open Enrollment.

       7. The Tax Penalty for not having a qualified health plan increases in 2015, 2016, and beyond.
Each year, the penalty for not having a qualified health plan increases. In 2014 it was $95 per person for the year ($47.50 per child under 18), or 1% of your yearly household income  whichever is greater). For 2015, the penalty will be $325 per person or 2% of your yearly household income. In 2016, it will be $695 per person or 2.5% of your yearly household income. As time goes on it will continue to be adjusted for inflation.

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Facts You Need to Know for a Successful Open Enrollment, Part 6

Open Enrollment begins in just four weeks! Understanding the basics can help you take advantage of this important time period.  Brought to you by REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, this nine part series will help you learn important facts about this year’s Open Enrollment.

 

6.      A Qualified Health Plan includes TEN ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS, which cover:

  • Outpatient care—the kind you get without being admitted to a hospital
  • Trips to the emergency room
  • Treatment in the hospital for inpatient care
  • Care before and after your baby is born
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, counseling, and psychotherapy
  • Prescription drugs
  • Services and devices to help you recover if you are injured, or have a disability or chronic condition. This includes physical and occupational therapy, speech­ language pathology,
    psychiatric rehabilitation, and more.
  • Lab tests
  • Preventive services including counseling, screenings, and vaccines to keep you healthy
    and/or provide care for managing a chronic disease
  • Pediatric services, including dental care and vision care for kids

 

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Facts You Need to Know for a Successful Open Enrollment, Part 5

Open Enrollment, which begins November 15th is only five weeks away.  Understanding the basics can help you take advantage of this important time period.  Brought to you by REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, this nine part series will help you learn important facts about this year’s Open Enrollment.

5.           Qualified Health Plans, defined.
Under the Affordable Care Act, an insurance plan must be certified, provide essential health benefits (see list below), follow established limits on cost-sharing (deductibles, co-payments, and out-of-pocket maximums), and meet other requirements. Plans that meet this requirement are called Qualified Health Plans (QHP).

For more information please watch for our next part in this nine part series, posted weekly.

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