Navigating Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)

July 16, 2019
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Whether it’s because of a career change, being laid off, or retiring prior to Medicare age, I have had clients ask me about what options they have for health insurance. The most common option is to enroll in a private plan through the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Below are some notes and options for possible health plans.  


Open Enrollment

-Usually from November through Mid-December

-Certain life events such as getting married, having a baby, or the loss of health coverage

Plan Options & Costs (Husband and Wife, age 60)

Bronze Example – $1,715/month cost, $14,000 deductible, $15,800 out of pocket maximum

Silver Example – $2,216/month cost, $9,000 deductible, $15,800 out of pocket maximum

Gold Example – $2,595/month cost, $3,000 deductible, $13,700 out of pocket maximum

Platinum Example - $3,161/month cost, $0 deductible, $8,000 out of pocket maximum

*Assumed husband and wife, both aged 60, $100,000 in annual income, live in zip code 20190, Virginia and are not eligible for health insurance, is not the parent of a child under 19, are not pregnant, and are not tobacco users.


  1. If possible, plan for lower income to receive credit toward premiums.
  2. Consider a high deductible plan if you have a good health history and cash on hand.
  3. Check costs by geographic area as premiums are based on zip code.



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