Yes, the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is upon us. As of now (August 2013) there are still way more questions than answers.
Should I keep my existing plan or get a new EXCHANGE plan?
Should employees & their dependents remain on employer group plan or get their own individual policy?
Will I qualify for a subsidy?
We have assembled several calculators available today that can help make preparing for 2014 much easier.
Although the employer mandate has been postponed until 2015, the individual mandate still applies. Anyone not covered by Minimum Essential Coverage next year could be subject to a
penalty tax of the greater of $95 per uninsured or 1% of household over the filing threshold:
PENALTY TAX CALCULATOR
All new health insurance plans will be guaranteed issue and required to include essential health benefits which will greatly increase premiums. The Public Exchanges (both state and federal) are to be open in October. People making less than 400% of poverty level could be eligible for subsidized health insurance plans if they are purchased on the State / Federal Exchanges. It is estimated that 26 million should be eligible for these subsidies, however only 6 million are estimated to enroll in 2014. Here is a calculator to see if you would be eligible for a subsidy:
INDIVIDUAL / FAMILY SUBSIDY CALCULATOR
Small businesses with less than 25 employees that earn less than $50,000 average annual salary and pay at least 50% of their health insurance premiums could also qualify for a small business tax credit. For 2014 the tax credit is only available if the plan is purchased through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace:
SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH INSURANCE TAX CREDIT CALCULATOR
Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you are relatively healthy, you could save money by applying now BEFORE all plans are guaranteed issue and are weighed down with expensive government mandated benefits next year.
INSTANT ONLINE HEALTH INSURANCE QUOTE
Or you can call an independent health insurance agent at 913-432-2732.
Although the employer mandate has been delayed 12 months, businesses are still concerned about how to minimize (or eliminate) their exposure in 2015. This calculator helps calculate how many full time equivalent (FTE) employees you have and what your potential penalty might be if/when the employer mandate is reinstated:
EMPLOYER MANDATE CALCULATOR
And finally, for those of you with seven minutes to spare, here are the YouToons simplifying ObamaCare: