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Old 11-22-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: NY
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Default Aghast what info is needed to sign up for Health Ins.

Anyone else shocked and upset?
I had heard that it wasn't too difficult to sign up for Health Insurance through the NY Health Exchange, so I decided to give it a try.
They want to know everyone's income in the household, including what deductions you plan to claim for 2014! How would I know that unless I did my taxes first? And the person I was talking to said if I wasn't correct with my info, I could get in trouble with the IRS!
I did not complete the application, now I feel that I need to do my taxes first, and the deadline was Dec. 15 for January 1.
This was really a mistake to have the federal government involved in Health Insurance. I can't even get a quote without giving them all my info.
Anyone get through this? Advise?
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Atkinson NH
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Anyone else shocked and upset?
I had heard that it wasn't too difficult to sign up for Health Insurance through the NY Health Exchange, so I decided to give it a try.
They want to know everyone's income in the household, including what deductions you plan to claim for 2014! How would I know that unless I did my taxes first? And the person I was talking to said if I wasn't correct with my info, I could get in trouble with the IRS!
I did not complete the application, now I feel that I need to do my taxes first, and the deadline was Dec. 15 for January 1.
This was really a mistake to have the federal government involved in Health Insurance. I can't even get a quote without giving them all my info.
Anyone get through this? Advise?
Welcome to the world of interacting with the feds! I have not used the exchanges yet but I have to deal with the feds in other ways. My simple rule of thumb is this: federal equals failure.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:32 PM
 
Location: NY & Fl
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Advice.
Use the same figures as in your last year returns unless there has been some substantial changes this year.
The IRS will not be coming after you even if you make a mistake.
The most that would happen is , if and when an adjustment has to be made, any subsidy may be revised.
If your family income is too high for a subsidy, skip the gov site and apply directly from the insurer's .
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: NY
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Thanks for the advise, do you know what income level is "too high"?
I wonder if you can apply directly with the insurance company's, my local insurance agency that handled my prior insurance doesn't trust signing up online. Since my policy doesn't end till February, they suggest waiting.
What a mess, I feel like there will be even more people uninsured than before, and this time it will be middle America!
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Thanks for the advise, do you know what income level is "too high"?
Subsidy Calculator | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Good grief!! I did the calculator because I was curious, and it would cost us $11,300 a year! Can that possibly be right? I had to answer no under the does the employer offer insurance because it wouldn't give me a quote otherwise. That price was for the Silver plan. Do they really think that anyone would pay that?
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:51 AM
 
Location: NY & Fl
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Thanks for the advise, do you know what income level is "too high"?
I wonder if you can apply directly with the insurance company's, my local insurance agency that handled my prior insurance doesn't trust signing up online. Since my policy doesn't end till February, they suggest waiting.
What a mess, I feel like there will be even more people uninsured than before, and this time it will be middle America!
You can sign directly but if you qualify for a subsidy you have to use the government site or wait until the end of the tax year to apply for a refund . Through the site is the only way to have the premium reduced on a monthly basis.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Good grief!! I did the calculator because I was curious, and it would cost us $11,300 a year! Can that possibly be right? I had to answer no under the does the employer offer insurance because it wouldn't give me a quote otherwise. That price was for the Silver plan. Do they really think that anyone would pay that?
That's below average for health insurance for a family. The average family plan costs over $15,000.
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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That's below average for health insurance for a family.
The average family plan costs over $15,000.
I hope that means the average family is earning $150,000
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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The tax credits are for people between 133 and 400% of poverty level. If you are below that you can either apply for medicaid-if your state expanded it or you are left out. That's what happened with the SCOTUS decision.
Federal Poverty Guidelines Each family size has different limits.
Since it a income based only limit you have to provide information about your income. You can change the information during the year if your situation changes.
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