If you are offered affordable health coverage (FREE Quotes) under an employer plan, that is less than 9.66% of income for employee ONLY (CFR 1.36 B 2 * ThomsonReuters * Revenue Procedure 2014-62) neither you or your family qualifies for the APTC Advance Premium Tax Credit-subsidy from Covered CA, Health Care.Gov or any exchange. Covered CA FAQ
It doesn’t matter if the family coverage would go over the 9.5% limit. That just the way the law and rulings work. See below for details and explanations. Note that if rates increase or employer contribution lowers, that may trigger a special enrollment period, rather than wait for open enrollment. See also the 8% rule if you want an exemption from the mandate.
What about adult children under 26?
Adult child up to age 26 are eligible for Coverage through their parents employers plan. However if they are paying their own taxes, they are not anyone’s tax dependent, they do not count towards household income, – MAGI. Then the adult children could qualify for their own coverage in Covered CA. Learn More⇒ Kaiser Health News 11.8.2013
Citations & Details
Example 2. Basic determination of affordability for a related individual. The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that C is married to J and X’s plan requires C to contribute $5,300 for coverage for C and J for 2014 (11.3 percent of C’s household income). Because C’s required contribution for self-only coverage ($3,450) does not exceed 9.5 percent of household income, under paragraph (c)(3)(v)(A)( 2 ) of this section, X’s plan is affordable for C and J, and C and J are eligible for minimum essential coverage for all months in 2014 CFR §1.36 B 2 Eligibility for Premium Tax Credit
However, the cost of a family plan is often higher, but the ruling means that those higher costs will not be considered even if the extra premiums push the cost of coverage above the 9.5% income threshold. The New York Times said this could leave 2–4 million Americans unable to afford family coverage under their employers’ plans and ineligible for subsidies to buy coverage elsewhere. Wikipedia
Alternatives – Solutions?
One possible solution to the Family Issue would be to have the Employer get a program thru the SHOP exchange, exclude dependents, then they are NOT eligible and can then select “None of the Above” and get subsidies based on household income.
Under the law, those workers whose employers offer “affordable coverage” will not be eligible for subsidies in the exchanges. To be eligible, per the law’s definition, the cost of employer-based health insurance must exceed 9.5% of the worker’s household income. In January 2013 the Internal Revenue Service (CFR 1.36 B 2) ruled that only the cost of covering the individual employee would be considered in determining whether the cost of coverage exceeded 9.5% of income.
9.5% calculation tool – Excel from SHRM.org
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