ACA: Healthcare Coverage in the Online Marketplace

Now that federal and state online healthcare exchanges are live, questions are swirling about the available coverage for eligible consumers. How much will it cost? What will it cover? What if I don’t sign up?

The marketplaces will vary from state to state, even those run by the federal government at healthcare.gov. Variations include plan availability and pricing, Medicaid eligibility, and how the exchange itself is run.

However, there are consistent policies that will apply to consumers in all fifty states and the District of Columbia:

  • All plans will cover, at a minimum, ten benefits defined by the ACA as “essential.”
  • Five levels of coverage will be available with sliding price scales, from Catastrophic (only the most basic disaster coverage) to Platinum (plan pays 90 percent of costs)
  • No plan’s availability or price can be affected by pre-existing conditions
  • If you are not otherwise exempt, you will face an increasing annual fine for not having insurance…
  • BUT you may be eligible for tax credits or rebates to lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs, in some states by as much as half

Young people will absorb higher premiums than are currently available in every state on the federal exchange, though this goes hand-in-hand with the more comprehensive plans that will replace currently available coverage. In addition, older and sicker consumers who purchase coverage through the marketplace will benefit from lower premiums that are unaffected by pre-existing conditions or a dodgy medical history, as noted above. In all, healthcare pricing will depend on where you live, your age, and current tobacco use.

Tax subsidies for purchasing insurance are dependent on household income and the availability and cost of qualifying employer-provided insurance.

PRN Funding can help small to mid-sized healthcare vendors who do not qualify for tax subsidies to purchase insurance through their state’s marketplace. Healthcare factoring gives vendors immediate access to cash through the sale of their receivables, which they can then use to cover premiums and other expenses. Read more about PRN Funding’s factoring services.

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