Starting July 1, 2021, individuals may be eligible for additional savings and lower costs on their 2021 Healthcare.gov (Health Insurance Marketplace) plan if they received, or were determined eligible to receive, unemployment compensation in 2021.
What does this mean for you?
If you or your spouse received unemployment income for at least one week in 2021, your whole household may be eligible for a higher tax credit that may cover your monthly premium in full, regardless of your household’s income. In addition, you may be eligible for higher cost-sharing reductions to lower your deductible, copays and out of pocket costs if you select, or currently have, a Silver plan on Healthcare.gov. (See the difference between Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans in our Basic Health Insurance Terms blog post.)
What do I need to do?
If you are currently enrolled in a Healthcare.gov plan, and you or your spouse received at least one week of unemployment compensation in 2021, you must report a change on your Healthcare.gov application and add unemployment compensation as part of your income. Even if you already reported that you received (or are receiving) unemployment, you will need to update your application to get these enhanced benefits. You can reselect your current plan or change plans if you want to.
If you are not enrolled in a Healthcare.gov plan, you can apply to see if you qualify for these enhanced subsidies under the Special Open Enrollment Period open now through Aug. 15, 2021. (If you complete an application and select a plan before July 31, 2021, your plan will start on Aug. 1, 2021.) See the Get Covered section of our website to learn more and book an appointment with a Health Insurance Navigator.
If I only received one week of unemployment and I have no income now, would I still qualify?
Yes! You may be eligible to receive enhanced benefits even if you have no income at the moment and your unemployment compensation already expired.