EVERLENA of Chattanooga, TN writes:
As a community leader, since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, roughly 20 million uninsured Americans have gained health insurance, and has brought the national uninsured rate to an all-time low of 8.6 percent.
Regardless of the changes in the upcoming administration in January 2017, Hamilton County residents, who obtain their ACA health insurance during the 2017 Open Enrollment Period, will not be affected.
Hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans stand to gain financial help buying 2017 health coverage, but may not know it.
Already, about 8.8 million Americans, and 203,112 Tennesseans, who buy health insurance through HealthCare.gov receive tax credits that help make coverage more affordable. But about 12 million more Americans, including 322,900 Tennesseans, may also be eligible for help during this Open Enrollment, but not know it.
Current HealthCare.gov consumers: 8,900 Tennessee consumers who didn’t get tax credits last year could be eligible for tax credits in 2017, even if their income remains the same, because financial assistance moves along with rates. That’s 25 percent of currently unsubsidized Tennessee Marketplace consumers.
- Off-Marketplace individual consumers: About 79,000 Tennesseans who currently pay full price for individual coverage off-Marketplace could be eligible for tax credits if they purchase a 2017 plan through HealthCare.gov instead.
- The remaining uninsured: About 235,000 uninsured Tennesseans earn incomes indicating they, too, could be eligible for financial assistance. Nationwide, 84 percent of Marketplace-eligible uninsured Americans have incomes suggesting they are tax credit eligible.
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