Health Connector

Featured FAQ: How Can I Make Premium Payments?

If you are a new member enrolled in a plan starting January 1, 2014 or later, you must have set up a bank transfer when you complete your application. Otherwise, you will not be able to update your account to make online premium payments at this time. We hope to have this feature available in the near future. If you are making your first premium payment, it must be received and processed no later than 5-business days before your coverage effective date in order for your enrollment to be complete.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014|

Important Update Regarding New Rules for Victims of Domestic Violence

In general, people who are married can only qualify for a premium tax credit if they file a joint tax return with their spouse. However, these rules have recently changed for anyone who is the victim of domestic violence. If you are the victim of domestic violence, filing a tax return separately from a spouse will no longer prevent you from being able get help paying for coverage through premium tax credits. Because this rule was recently announced, the Health Connector will have a special enrollment period from April 1, 2014, to May 31, 2014, for anyone that this situation applies to. The special enrollment period allows victims of domestic violence to apply for and enroll in health insurance outside of the recently closed open enrollment period.
Friday, April 11th, 2014|

Massachusetts Health Exchange Dashboard for April 10, 2014

This week's report on the progress of the Massachusetts Health Exchange Project provides an overview of the Commonwealth’s experience during the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period (October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014).
Thursday, April 10th, 2014|

Massachusetts Health Exchange Dashboard for March 27, 2014

This is the fifth weekly report measuring the progress of the Massachusetts Health Exchange project. This week's report focuses on the elimination of the paper application backlog, work to expand access to coverage and consumer experience improvements.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014|

Are you losing your employer-sponsored health insurance?

If you are losing your health insurance from your employer, you have options to consider as you pursue finding new coverage. Losing your employer-sponsored coverage allows you a 60-day period to purchase new insurance. If you plan on applying for coverage without help paying for your health insurance, you can apply through the Health Connector for plans starting May 1 or June 1. For coverage starting May 1, you must pick a plan and pay the first month’s premium by April 23. For coverage starting June 1, you must pick a plan and pay the first month’s premium by May 22.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014|

Important update for people who applied for insurance coverage without help paying for costs during open enrollment

The current open enrollment period closes on March 31. However, if you tried to apply through the Health Connector during open enrollment for health insurance without help paying for costs, but were unable to complete enrollment because of IT systems issues (such as website errors), you will now have until April 15 to enroll in a plan.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014|

The 2014 Open Enrollment Period Ends March 31, 2014. Find Out What You Need To Do!

The open enrollment period for purchasing health coverage ends March 31, 2014. If you are applying for coverage without help paying for costs, Monday, March 24, was the last day to apply and select a plan in order to enroll in coverage beginning April 1, 2014. You can still apply and select a plan through March 31 to enroll in coverage beginning May 1 or June 1, 2014.
Friday, March 21st, 2014|

Massachusetts Health Exchange Dashboard for March 17, 2014

This is the fourth weekly report measuring the progress of the Massachusetts Health Exchange project. This week’s report continues to focus on efforts to address the paper application backlog and an update on transitional coverage.
Monday, March 17th, 2014|
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    IRS Encourages Small Employers to Check Out Small Business Health Care Tax Credit; Helpful Resources, Tax Tips Available on IRS.gov

IRS Encourages Small Employers to Check Out Small Business Health Care Tax Credit; Helpful Resources, Tax Tips Available on IRS.gov

IR-2014-27, March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service today encouraged small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify.

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit page on IRS.gov is packed with information and resources designed to help small employers see if they qualify for the credit and then figure it correctly. These include a 2013 tax credit estimator, examples of typical tax savings under various scenarios and answers to frequently-asked questions.

Additionally, the IRS has Health Care Tax Tips, designed to provide useful information to employers, families and individuals. These tips include a new Small Business Health Care Tax Credit tip as well as tips covering other Affordable Care Act topics.

The small business health care tax credit was included in the Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010. Under the ACA, eligible small employers can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for two additional years beginning in 2014. For 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit is 35 percent of premiums paid by eligible small businesses and 25 percent of premiums paid by eligible tax-exempt organizations. In 2014, the maximum credit rate rises to 50 percent for small businesses and 35 percent for tax-exempt organizations.

Small employers that pay at least half of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement may be eligible for this credit. The [...]

Monday, March 10th, 2014|

Massachusetts Health Exchange Dashboard for March 7, 2014

This is the third weekly report measuring the operations and progress of the Massachusetts Health Exchange project. This week’s report continues to focus on efforts to address the paper application backlog. Please download or view the dashboard below (PDF).

 

 

Friday, March 7th, 2014|