Health Care Paying for Health Insurance: Where are the Discounts? Read the Article Open Share Drawer Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Written by Magaly Olivero Published Jan 21, 2015 1 min read Most Americans must now carry health insurance or face a tax penalty when filing their 2014 tax return in 2015. Health insurance can be expensive, but if you’re eligible to shop in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you can apply for financial assistance from the government to help cover monthly premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. The Affordable Care Act created health insurance discount options, depending on your household income and family size. Help with premium payments The premium tax credit or subsidy lowers your monthly premium payments. The federal government can pay part of the premium to your insurance company or you can claim the full amount of the premium tax credit when filing your tax return. To qualify, your income must meet federal guidelines (up to $46,680 for individuals and $95,400 for a family of four, for example). If you’re married, you must file a joint tax return to qualify for a premium tax credit. One caveat: Premium tax credits are tied to the cost of the second lowest sliver plan. (Marketplace plans are grouped in four categories: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.) You can buy a plan from any category, but your tax credit will remain the same. Help with out-of-pocket expenses Another discount lowers your out-of-pocket expenses to cover deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments – but you must choose a silver-tiered plan. To qualify, your income must meet federal guidelines (up to $29,175 for individuals and $59,625 for a family of four, for example). People who receive help with out-of-pocket expenses can also get a premium tax credit. Have more questions about health insurance discounts and the Affordable Care Act? TurboTax has you covered. You can get your questions answered at TurboTax Health. Previous Post TurboTax is Helping Customers Get Health Insurance Coverage and Stay… Next Post Are You Eligible for an Exemption? What to do Next… Written by Magaly Olivero Magaly Olivero is an award-winning writer and has written for many national and regional media outlets, as well as corporate and nonprofit clients in the healthcare, tax and education industries. Her publishing credits include U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, The New York Times, Working Woman, Better Homes and Gardens and the Connecticut Health Investigative Team. Magaly is a recipient of a National Journalism Fellowship from the University of California Annenberg School of Communication and a Health Coverage Fellowship from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. More from Magaly Olivero Leave a Reply Cancel reply Browse Related Articles Health Care How Income and Family Size Changes Impact Your Health I… Health Care The ABC’s of the Affordable Care Act Health Care Healthcare Reform – Glossary: Key Terms Explained Health Care Start Planning Early: New Affordable Care Act Forms Yo… Health Care What is a Health Care Reform Tax Penalty [Calculator]? Health Care Real Talk Series: I Don’t Have Health Insurance, … Tax Deductions and Credits TurboTax Answers the Top 5 Commonly Asked Tax Questions… Taxes 101 Income Tax Filing Requirements Health Care Why Shop in the Health Insurance Marketplace? Health Care What Does My New Health Insurance Mean for My Taxes?