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Metallic Tiers

The Health Connector plans are grouped in metallic tiers to make it even easier for shoppers to compare: Platinum plans have the highest premiums but the lowest co-pays and deductibles.  Learn more → Gold plans have lower premiums, but higher co-pays and deductibles than Platinum plans. Learn more → Silver plans have lower premiums, but higher co-pays and deductibles than Gold plans. Learn more → Bronze plans have the lowest premiums but the highest co-pays and deductibles. Learn more →   [youtube id="http://youtu.be/CpqbBTMxyKc" width="600" height="350" autoplay="no" api_params="" class=""]  

Do I have to buy through the Health Connector if I want to get help paying for insurance?

Yes, help paying for insurance through tax credits and low-cost ConnectorCare plans is only available through the Health Connector. Even if you enroll in a plan without help paying for it through the Health Connector, if you end up qualifying for a tax credit based on your income for that year, the IRS will let you to claim the tax credit when you file your taxes at the end of the year. But the tax credit is not available for someone who buys a plan outside of the Health Connector. You can also apply through the Health Connector website to see if you qualify for MassHealth coverage.

How is income now measured for determining who can get help paying for insurance?

Eligibility for help paying for insurance is no longer determined by your gross (total) income. Under national health reform, Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is now used instead. Under MAGI you can factor in business expenses that you write off for tax purposes (your Schedule C losses) when calculating your income. This means that many more people may qualify for help who might not have been able to get it in the past. Most people can look at their adjusted gross income (line 8b on their Form 1040 income tax return) to see what their MAGI number will most likely be. This is an important change to understand for those who are self-employed or have combination income sources that include self-employment income.

What are Health Connector Plans (also known as Qualified Health Plan – QHP)?

All of the health plans offered provide full health benefits, including visits to the doctor or hospital, and prescriptions. The Health Connector’s plans are described below using metallic terms to make it easier for you to compare them. Platinum plans have the highest premium, but the lowest co-pays and deductibles. Gold and Silver plans have lower premiums, but higher co-pays and deductibles. Bronze plans have the lowest premiums, but the highest co-pays and deductibles. Each health plan also has different doctors, hospitals, and other providers in its networks.

How much do plans cost?

You can click "Get Started" to browse plans anonymously for rates. Please note that anonymous browsing does not reflect any savings, such as a premium tax credit, you may qualify for unless you complete an eligibility application.