Annual household income changes? Report them to the Marketplace ASAP
Published on September 24, 2015
If you’ve had any changes to your household income, it’s important to let the Marketplace know as soon as possible. Your new income can affect the health coverage or savings you’re eligible for.
If your taxable income goes down: You could qualify for more savings than you’re getting now. This could lower the amount you pay in monthly premiums. You could also qualify to save on out-of-pocket costs, like deductibles and copayments. Or you might qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or CHIP coverage instead of a Marketplace insurance plan.
If your taxable income goes up: You may qualify for less savings than you’re getting now. If you don’t report the household income changes very soon, you may have to pay money back when you file your 2015 income taxes.
We’ve just improved the way you update your annual household income on your Marketplace application, so it’s easier than ever.
Just follow these steps:
- Log in to your Marketplace account and select your 2015 application
- Select "Report a life change" from the menu on the left
- Select the "Report a life change" button and update your income
- Follow the steps to verify your application information and confirm your plan selection
Important health insurance tip: You have to click all the way through to the last screen in order for your changes to take effect.