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By Richard Carter, DBA,
Full-Time Faculty Published February 2014
December 23, 2013, was the deadline for many Americans to
enroll in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan. The media continues to provide
many facts and opinions related to the practicality of the ACA premiums and
penalties. The information
presented here may allow you to form opinions on what has become commonly
called the Pay Premiums or Pay Penalties aspects of the ACA.
Pay Premiums for What?
About 16 percent of all Americans, or 50 million
people, did not have any sort of health insurance as of 2010. The ACA aims to
increase the access and affordability of health insurance coverage for these 50
million uninsured Americans.
The most heralded aspects of the ACA is the
intent to make insurance affordable and available if you:
a) Have no employer
b) Lost your job or
are not working;
c) Have a
pre-existing condition; or,
Could not get insurance based on your age, gender, or health.
Pay Penalties for What?
As a citizen of the United States you will
need to show that you have health insurance by January 1, 2014.
There is a wide range of average monthly premiums per plan per state. The
initial premium average is $220 for an individual over 27 years of age and $800 for a
family of four.
The Internal Revenue Service has established a penalty if you are required to but do not purchase ACA health insurance. The initial
penalties are not very high. If you are uninsured in 2014 the fine is $95 per
person. The family maximum penalty is the greater of $285 or 1percent of family
income. The penalty will increase more than sevenfold in the next 2 years.
Fines escalate to as much as $695 per person by 2016. The family maximum
premium would be the higher of $2,085 or 2.5percent of family income.
Where do you stand?
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, which
represent approximately 96 percent of all businesses, are not required to secure insurance for
their employees. Unless you work for a “large” business you will need to secure
health insurance. Your
employer may have already notified you about the ACA impacts on the employer
based insurance coverage and costs.
The information provided
by the Affordable Care Act website below will answer most questions about
deadlines and coverage variations.
You Will Find More
Details at this Site:
Affordable Care Act
is a full-time faculty member at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this
article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan
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