Generally, if you run your own business and have no employees, or are self-employed, you won’t qualify for group coverage. You can purchase qualified health coverage through the Marketplace for individuals and families.
With an Individual Marketplace plan, you can:
IMPORTANT: Businesses with no employees (other than owners or their spouses) are not eligible for SHOP plansEnd highlighted text
The Individual Marketplace offers flexible, quality coverage for people who:
All plans in the Individual Marketplace cover the same categories of essential health benefits and are prohibited from excluding treatment based on pre-existing conditions. You can also choose between plans with lower premiums and higher cost-sharing when you need care, or higher monthly payments and lower cost-sharing when you need care.
You can only enroll in Marketplace coverage during the annual Open Enrollment Period, unless you have a qualifying life event during the year.
Looking for help with coverage? Find an agent or broker in your area. Agents and brokers are experts in health insurance and can help you find the coverage you need if they have completed registration with the Federally-facilitated Marketplace, generally at no extra cost to you.
To get a premium tax credit or reduction of your out-of-pocket costs, you’ll need to provide an estimate of your household income to the Marketplace for the year you’re getting coverage. This can be challenging for business owners whose income may vary. You should provide your best estimate. Talk to your tax professional for advice on how to estimate your household income.
If you qualify for a premium tax credit or reduction of your out-of-pocket costs and your household income changes during the year, you should return to the Marketplace and update your estimated income as soon as possible. At the end of the year, if you make more than what you reported to the Marketplace, you may have to pay back some or all of the premium tax credits. If you make less, you could get additional premium tax credits when you file your taxes.
There are other products and services that may be available to people who run their own businesses, such as association health plans or short-term, limited duration insurance.
These products are not considered Marketplace coverage and they may not be available in all states. They may cover different benefits than Marketplace plans and you won’t be able to qualify for premium tax credits.