Don’t be fooled

Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Lots of people will be eligible for tax credits that will dramatically lower their health insurance premiums when the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace opens Oct. 1.

For example, individuals making up to about $45,500 a year (up to about $158,000 for a family of eight) can have their monthly premiums and/or out-of-pocket expenses reduced.

But beware. Not all insurance agents, brokers or health-insurance companies are participating in the Marketplace.

Tax credits will be available only if a Marketplace plan is purchased. To be sure you are getting the tax credits you are eligible for, go to www.healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596 (TTY: 855-889-4325).

There is a lot of good information available now, and enrollment begins Oct. 1.

Diane Reiff


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