ACA clarification

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As a follow up to EXTRA’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) story from our last issue:

Who is eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act?

Citizens and legal residents are eligible to apply for health insurance benefits via the federal marketplace exchange. Those individuals and families with household incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible to receive premium cost-sharing subsidies, which means the government will help pay for the recipient’s (or recipients’) monthly premiums.

How does the ACA affect Medicaid eligibility?

Before the ACA took effect on Jan. 1, 2014, Medicaid eligibility was mostly limited to pregnant women and children. However, since the ACA became effective, the Medicaid program has been expanded to include all adults and children who reside in households that make less than 138 percent of the poverty limit, or $15,800 for a single person income.

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