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Published onJanuary 15, 2016

What to know about 2015 taxes and your health insurance

As you begin to gather the information you need to file your taxes, it’s important to remember that information about your health coverage is now a part of the tax filing process.

Here’s what you need to know if you have Marketplace coverage:

Published onJanuary 14, 2016

Attention: Beware of email scam

We’ve become aware of an email phishing scam targeted at HealthCare.gov users.

The phishing emails claim to come from HealthCare.gov and ask you to complete a verification process for 2016 tax returns through links that appears to go to HealthCare.gov.

If you receive an email like this with a link, it’s very important that you don’t click on it or copy it. It could take you to a malicious website intended to gain access to personal information, like your username, password, Social Security Number, or bank account numbers.

Published onJanuary 8, 2016

Make a healthy choice in 2016 with a Marketplace health insurance plan

As we enter a new year, consider making your health a priority.

You have until January 31, 2016 to apply for and enroll in a Marketplace health insurance plan for 2016. At HealthCare.gov, you’ll see high-quality and affordable health coverage options available to you. In fact, most who apply will qualify for savings.

Image: Start the new year healthy.

Published onDecember 11, 2015

Understanding the fee for not having health insurance coverage in 2016

Did you know that having health insurance when you can afford it is the law? If you can afford health insurance, but choose not to get it for 2016, you may be required to pay a fee — sometimes called the "penalty," "fine," or "individual mandate" — when you file your 2016 federal income taxes.

The good news is, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace® is available. After financial help, 7 out of 10 people can find plans with premiums of less than $75 dollars per month. If you enroll by December 15, 2015, your coverage will start January 1, 2016.

Published onNovember 20, 2015

Deductibles and your Marketplace health insurance

To find the Marketplace health insurance plan that works best for your family, you should consider many different factors like the premium, the yearly deductible, what services are covered, and other details. While premiums can often be a deciding factor, other considerations could be just as important.

Published onNovember 13, 2015

Get extra savings on health insurance with a Silver plan

When you apply for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace®, you’ll find out if you qualify for savings. You may be eligible for a

"premium tax credit"
to lower the cost of your monthly premium. You also may be eligible for
"cost-sharing reductions"
— discounts that lower what you’ll pay out of your own pocket for medical care.