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January 17, 2014

The hangups of healthcare

Affordable Care Act tax credits tough for many Kokomo residents to obtain


Martin Slagter can be reached at 765-454-8570, martin.slagter@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @slagterm.

Help is on the way Those who are still looking to purchase health insurance through the marketplace will have the opportunity to learn more about how to apply for coverage in a series of help sessions hosted at St. Joseph Hospital at 1907 W. Sycamore St. Here is a listing of upcoming seminars available to area residents (please note: St. Joseph Hospital and St. Vincent doctors will be participating only with MDWise/Hoosier Alliance Delivery Plan) 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 21 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 30 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27 Indiana at a glance: Here is a look at how Hoosiers have utilized the the federal government's Affordable Care Act website, www.HealthCare.gov through Dec. 28, 2013 Total number of completed applications: 79,719 Total individuals applying for coverage in completed applications: 126,217 Eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan with financial assistance: 48,305 Determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid/Healthy Indiana Plan: 42,898 Have selected a marketplace plan: 30,433 Marketplace plan selection by gender: Males 44% Females 56% Marketplace plan selection by age: 0-18: 5% 18-25: 7% 26-34: 14% 35-44: 14% 45-54: 20% 55-64: 39% 65+: 0% Do you qualify? The amount you save on tax credits through the Affordable Care Act depends on your family size and how much money your family earns. If your yearly income falls within the following ranges, you'll qualify to save money on your premiums in 2014. If your income falls below the amounts shown, you may qualify for cover under Medicaid/the Healthy Indiana Plan. However, because Indiana has not expanded Medicaid, you are not eligible for lower costs on marketplace coverage based on your income. Individuals: $11,490 - $45,960 Family of 2: $15,510 to $62,040 Family of 3: $19,530 to $78,120 Family of 4: $23,550 to $94,200 Family of 5: $27,570 to $110,280 Family of 6: $31,590 to $126,360 Family of 7: $35,610 to $142,440 Family of 8: $39,630 to $158,520

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