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Health-insurance plans for 2017 can be purchased online. Plans sold on the federal marketplace meet the coverage standards and consumer protections mandated by the Affordable Care Act, which include coverage for pre-existing conditions, free preventive care, and coverage for other essential health benefits.
Consumers purchasing from the federal marketplace may be eligible for financial assistance to pay premiums and, in some cases, other out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays and deductibles.
This year, 78 percent of Pennsylvanians who purchased insurance through the federal marketplace received subsidies to lower monthly premium costs. The federal
Affordable Care Act-compliant health-insurance plans also are sold off the federal marketplace. While these plans are not eligible for financial assistance, they might be less expensive than some on-marketplace options and still provide the same coverage and protections mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
For consumers with incomes too high to qualify for subsidies, these off-marketplace plans, sold by agents or directly by companies, might be a more affordable option in some areas of the state. However, Miller urged consumers to do research and understand what they are purchasing when shopping off-marketplace. In some cases, plans sold off-marketplace might offer a more limited scope of benefits and might not be ACA-compliant.
Coverage purchased on or before
Help is available for consumers who need assistance understanding their options. Licensed insurance agents are able to help you find the best plan for your needs, and navigators are available at no cost to help you understand your options.
For more information on health insurance or to contact the
Talk with family members
about property tax/rent rebates
Family visits during the holiday season provide a great opportunity to remind older family members and friends about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, one of the
Secretary of Revenue
Applications and free filing help are available at hundreds of locations across the state, including
Last year, more than 565,000 households received more than
As of mid-November, rebates totaling
The Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older.
The income limit is
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