Last fall, the State of Washington released details on health benefit exchange offerings available through the federally-mandated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please refer to the information in the sidebar of this web page, and contact Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.879.3369) at any time with questions about your university-provided health care benefits.
ACA-Sponsored Health Plan Open Enrollment Begins November 15, 2014
You can only buy ACA-sponsored health care coverage during defined open enrollment periods unless you have a life event that qualifies you for a special enrollment period. Examples of qualifying life events are marriage, divorce, having a baby or changing your place of employment. This applies to all individual health plans in every state. An individual who wants ACA-sponsored health care coverage in 2015 must enroll during the open enrollment period beginning November 15, 2014. For more information about ACA-sponsored health care plans, please contact Jeff Johnson, whose information is shown at the bottom of this web page.
IRS Provides YouTube Videos as a Resource for 2014 Tax Filings
The IRS announced the availability of several YouTube videos to help taxpayers get important information about the ACA and tax return filing. The videos discuss the premium tax credit and the individual shared responsibility provision. These ACA provisions could impact an individual’s tax return next year when filing a 2014 return. The IRS YouTube channel is available here.
There are several resources available to assist you with questions about the ACA-sponsored health benefit exchanges:
State of Washington health plan finder (or call 1.855.WAFINDER)
Exchanges in other states (for those with dependents in other states)
Jeff Johnson at 253.249.7846 or www.jbjinsurance.com
When key parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect in 2014, there will be a new way to buy health insurance. You will see these health care options referred to as the “health insurance marketplace,” the “health benefit exchange,” or simply “the exchange.” To assist you in evaluating options for you and your family, this notice provides some basic information about health care options available through the exchange.