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Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Signup Next Month

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What is your budget? How much can you afford to pay each month for health insurance?

What is your income, and what do you think it will be next year? (Remember, you can always make changes to your income throughout the year in your Marketplace account.)

Are there any specific doctors, services, or medications that you want your plan to cover? Make sure to bring a list of these for your enrollment appointments. Gather basic information about your household: Social Security numbers, birthdates, incomes, and tax returns. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association provides assistance for Maine fishermen and their families so that they are well informed about the Affordable Care Act requirements, subsidies, and penalties. The penalty for not having health insurance in 2017 is $695 per individual or up to 2.5% of household income – whichever is greater. MLA’s Health Care Navigator is here to make sure that fishermen and their families who are interested in learning more about insurance options and health care have access to the right information, and to assist them with their health insurance options and enrollment. If you find a plan through the marketplace that you want to sign up for, it is important to have all of your information ready before you begin the application process. To prepare for your enrollment appointment, consider the following:

If you already have a Marketplace account, make sure to bring your username and password with you.

If you do not have a Marketplace account, make sure you have an email address and know how to log into your email account. You will need an email address to create your Marketplace account.

Estimate your income by referring to previous years of tax returns and W-2’s. You will need to estimate your household income for the upcoming year in order to enroll. How do you file your taxes: jointly or individually?

What deductions do you take when you file your taxes? (for example, student loan interest, alimony you pay, moving expenses, and contributions to retirement accounts.)

How many dependents are in your household? Do you have dependents who are not your children living with you? Does someone else claim your child as a dependent, but you cover the medical costs?

For each individual you are seeking health insurance for, you will need: Social Security number and date of birth.Be sure to visit www.healthcare.gov to see what plans are available.

Please contact me at 207-967-4555 in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association office if you would like to set up an appointment or you may email alisha@mainelobstermen.org

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