Vermonters impacted by federal penalty can join 2015 medical insurance

Vermont Well being Join introduced in the present day that some Vermonters who missed this yr’s Open Enrollment nonetheless have a possibility to use for 2015 well being protection. Particularly, Vermonters who don’t have medical insurance and study concerning the new Shared Duty Cost once they file their 2014 taxes now have an opportunity to keep away from paying the complete federal price subsequent yr.

“Our aim is to assist as many Vermonters discover high quality well being protection as potential,” stated Lawrence Miller, Chief of Well being Care Reform.  “When our federal companions expressed an openness to offering this enrollment flexibility, we jumped on the alternative. Our insurance coverage issuers, Blue Cross and Blue Protect of Vermont and MVP Well being Care, had been additionally supportive – and we thank them for that.”

Vermonters who’re impacted by the federal price ought to name Vermont Well being Join’s Buyer Help Middle at 1-855-899-9600 (toll-free). They need to apply and choose a plan inside 60 days from the date they found they might be topic to the federal Shared Duty Cost, however no later than Could 31. Protection will likely be efficient as of the first of the month following plan choice.

“That is the primary yr that Individuals can incur a tax penalty for not having medical insurance underneath the Inexpensive Care Act,” stated Miller. “It could be terrible for a Vermont household to need to pay a price of a number of hundred {dollars} or extra, after which need to pay one hundred pc of their medical care on high of that, simply because they didn’t know the penalty existed. Fortunately, they now have an opportunity to keep away from a lot of the price.”

The Shared Duty Cost is the larger of 1% of family revenue or $95 per particular person for Individuals who didn’t have medical insurance in 2014.  This yr, the penalty will increase to the larger of two% of family revenue or $325 per particular person.  As a result of the fee is set by the variety of months a person is uninsured, a Vermonter who applies for protection this spring will probably nonetheless owe a penalty subsequent yr, however it will likely be solely a fraction of the complete yr’s penalty. 

Along with avoiding the federal price, most Vermont Well being Join candidates qualify for monetary assist to make protection extra reasonably priced. Vermonters who’ve skilled a qualifying life occasion that impacts their medical insurance, and people Vermonters who qualify for Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur, also can apply right now. Extra info is accessible at Vermont Well being Join’s Buyer Help Middle is open 8am – 8pm Monday by Friday and 8am – 1pm on Saturday at 1-855-899-9600 (toll-free).

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