When individuals and families buy their own health insurance, IF the insurance is greater than 8% of your household income, it is considered unaffordable and you are not required to buy health insurance.  MOST Americans will find they will qualify for either Medicaid or a subsidized plan that makes insurance “affordable.” 

If your employer provides insurance for you, it must be less than 9.5% of your W2 Box 1 income.  Call us here at Nevada Insurance Enrollment to verify if this is for you.

To determine if your plan is unaffordable, you must compare your plan to the cheapest plan (bronze) after all subsidies have been applied, and that amount must be more than 8% of your MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) of your household income.

So we start with your household MAGI.  Then we do the math to determine the person’s expected premium amount.  Then we determine the subsidy (based on the 2nd lowest cost silver plan) and apply that subsidy to the cheapest bronze plan available.  Then we compare the subsidized bronze plan premium to 8% of the person’s household MAGI.  If the plan costs more, then it is “unaffordable,” and the person qualifies for an exemption (no tax penalty).  If the plan costs less, then it is “affordable” and no exemption will be granted.


Family of 4 who’s household annual MAGI is $37,000

8% x $37,000 = $2,960

$2,960 / 12 months = $246.67 per month

2nd Lowest Silver Plan for all 4 is $400 (hypothetical)

$400 – $246.67 (Subsidy) = $153.33

Lowest Cost Bronze Plan for all 4 = $300 (hypothetical)

$300 – $153.33 (Subsidy) = $146.67 monthly premiums

$146.67 < $246.67 so the plan is affordable and the family gets no exemption.

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