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You might remember vocabulary lessons from grade school, but here’s one important term you may not have had to learn until just recently: “premium health insurance tax credit”. Also referred to as a “health insurance subsidy”, a premium tax credit is financial assistance to help those who qualify pay for health insurance. With open enrollment around the corner, don’t lose your premium tax credit for your health plan.
Has the size of your income and household – like having a baby changed? Update your information by December 15. These factors can impact your health plan choices and premium tax credit (or health insurance subsidy), giving you an opportunity to get help paying for health insurance. We can help you through the process so you can get an up-to-date calculation from the government.
Here are five steps to help guide you
Look for a letter from your insurance company about how your benefits and costs may change next year.
Log in to www.healthcare.gov to update your financial and household information to be sure you get the correct financial assistance, even if you are keeping the same plan.
Compare your present plan with other plans that are available in your area.
Select the health plan that best fits your budget and health needs .
If you decide to go with a new plan, enroll by December 15 to have any changes take effect on January 1. A new Special Enrollment Period is taking place from February 15 to May 15, 2021. During this time, you can apply for a 2021 BCBSTX Individual health plan for yourself or your family.
Something to keep in mind when applying for a premium tax credit—if you are eligible for assistance, you must purchase your plan through the health insurance marketplace. This is to ensure your credit is applied to your plan correctly.
When checking plans, consider:
If you're ready, start shopping now or if you have questions or would like to enroll in a BCBSTX plan by phone, call 1-888-731-0383.
Originally published 11/26/2014; Revised 2018
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