Health Insurance Basics

Tax Information Regarding the Affordable Care Act

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Federal Resources

Federal Reform Insurance Provisions

  • A federally-created marketplace opened for individuals and small employers on October 1st, 2013. During Open Enrollment all Oklahomans can shop and enroll for coverage. Outside of Open Enrollment, you may apply for coverage if you fall into a category of eligibility called Special Enrollment. People with incomes between 100 and 400 percent of federal poverty level may be eligible for premium and cost sharing reductions.
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Essential Health Benefits

Pre-existing Conditions

Individual Mandate

  • Beginning January 1, 2014, most consumers will be required to have qualifying health insurance coverage. More information on the Individual Mandate can be found here:
  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the penalty for not having ACA coverage starting in 2019.  The mandate was not repealed but penalty was zeroed out.

Employer Mandate

  • Beginning January 1, 2015, employers with 100 or more full time equivalent employees and beginning January 1, 2016, employers with 50-99 or more full time equivalent employees will be required to pay tax assessments if their employees receive subsidized coverage through the marketplace because the employer doesn’t offer minimum essential coverage or because the coverage offered is unaffordable. For more information on employer responsibilities.
  • Employers with 25 or fewer full time equivalent employees may be eligible for tax credits if they provide health coverage.
  • General Information for Employers with less than 50 full-time equivalent employees – FF-SHOP.

Grandfathered Plans