What is ACA?

Despite being enacted over a decade ago, many individuals and families fail to take
advantage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Reducing your health insurance costs
starts with understanding what the law is and how it works.
This article will cover what it is and how to qualify so you can finally take advantage
of great insurance with a lower premium.

What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as Obamacare, is a comprehensive
reform law enacted in 2010. It is designed to increase health insurance coverage for
those who lack uninsurance, primarily due to high premiums or access. Additionally,
the ACA expanded Medicaid eligibility and prohibited insurance companies from
denying coverage due to preexisting conditions.

Due to the ACA, patients who might have been uninsured before can now secure
affordable health insurance using their state’s marketplace. That’s because
insurance plans on the ACA marketplace are subsidized or federally regulated
during open enrollment.

That means that qualifying individuals can receive premium tax credits that lower
owed taxes or increase tax refunds. However, they can also be in the form of
Advanced Premium Tax Credits that instantly lower the out-of-pocket monthly costs
for health insurance.

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Benefits of the Affordable Care Act

There are lots of advantages of the ACA, including:

  • Lower premiums available for better coverage
  • Prevention of unreasonable rate increases
  • Expands healthcare availability to low-income individuals
  • People with pre-existing conditions can’t be denied coverage
  • Allows for prevention and wellness care coverage like screenings,
  • immunizations, and more

Who Can Qualify for ACA?

Everybody would like to save money on health insurance, but there are some
qualifications you need to meet to be eligible for Affordable Care Act coverage.

Firstly, you have to be a U.S. citizen or lawfully present national, currently living in
the United States. You also must not be incarcerated or have Medicare coverage.

Secondly, while anyone can purchase health insurance under the ACA, only those
who meet certain household income requirements qualify for financial assistance
that reduces premiums and out-of-pocket monthly costs.

Those who have household incomes between 100% and 400% of the Federal
Poverty Level (FPL) may qualify for financial help. For the 2024 coverage year, refer
to the chart to see if you qualify between 100% and 400%:

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# Persons in Household 100% FPL 400% FPL
1 $14,580 $58,320
2 $19,720 $78,880
3 $24,860 $99,440
4 $30,000 $120,000
5 $35,140 $140,560
6 $40,280 $161,120
7 $45,420 $181,680
8 $50,560 $202,240

If you land between those numbers for the number of persons in your household
and you live in the U.S. legally without being in jail or prison, then you likely qualify
for lower premiums.

Final Thoughts on the Affordable Care Act

As you can see, as long as you qualify for ACA coverage, you can access a
marketplace full of great plans at lower monthly out-of-pocket rates. That means
instant savings for you and your family.

However, to lower monthly costs instead of receiving tax credits once a year during
tax season, you also need to receive Advanced Premium Credits. If you make less
than $50,000 annually, you can receive those credits that lower your costs and
secure excellent coverage.

See if you qualify and talk to a representative who’ll help you maximize
your savings by claiming your benefits.

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