30-Second Test: Are You on the Obamacare List?

Use the clever calculator below to find out if you’re eligible for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges and, if so, how much it will cost you.

President Obama. Credit: AP Photo
President Obama. Credit: AP Photo

The health insurance exchanges set up in each state by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, go live on October 1.

The tool above, published by the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, tells you if you're eligible, how much your subsidy would be, and makes some basic recommendations.

The Affordable Care Act is designed to furnish healthcare for uninsured American citizens who do not already receive benefits from their employer. For a deeper look at how the health exchanges will roll out over the next few months, check out the Christian Science Monitor's FAQ.

How will the Affordable Care Act affect you? Let us know in the comments or a blog post.

LKLEX September 29, 2013 at 09:44 AM
It will discriminate against me and millions of my fellow male Amricans because of our gender, denying us health care benefits -- in violation of the constitutional guarantee of equal protection of the laws applicable to federal law under the Fifth Amendment -- including a cost-share free annual "well-man" medical exam, like the annual cost share free "well-woman" medical exam, certain cost share free non-gender specific health screenings and cost share free domestic violence counseling -- all provided for female Americans. Obamacare relegates male Americans to the status of second-class citizens and second-class human beings. One can only imagine the hue and cry -- and all of it would be justified -- if health care benefits intended to promote health and well-being were similarly selectively conferred based on race or extended only to men. Never mind that male Americans are more likely than female Americans to die young from America's top killer diseases, including cancer and heart disease, and already suffer from a five-year shorter life expectancy. Never mind that conferring such benefits based on gender (an immutable attribute of birth) is disturbingly reminiscent of the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 and offends any notion of equality of rights under the law.
Steve Long September 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Question: I priced a plan and it will cost about 2900$ a year. I only pay 3.88% or about 650$ a year. The government subsidy is about $2250 a year to start. How is this subsidy being paid? Do I have to pay the full $2900 /yr and on taxes get a "credit" for taxes paid or if I do not owe taxes get a check from the government or what?
Craig Mitchell September 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Just did their little test to see what I would pay. Looks like nearly twice what I pay now. Thanks Obama.
Duane Mortensen September 30, 2013 at 07:57 PM
How does this work? "You will not be eligible for subsidies in the exchanges because your income is below 100% of the federal poverty level." I thought subsidies are for the poor... This thing is broken. Ignore it. Another attempt by the industry to attack the ACA. More lies


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