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To our policyholders in areas affected by wildfires in designated California counties: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba, as well as those in areas affected by recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, please know that the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Aflac are with you. We are working with government agencies that represent all declared disaster areas, including those under emergency order, to ensure we do everything possible to help you. Based on that guidance, we have extended the due dates for policy premiums by 60 days for those living in places that have been declared disaster areas or are under emergency order. If you have a question about your policy or need help, contact us at 800-992-3522. To help with the recovery, Aflac made a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross, and our employees are making their own private contributions. Please be safe, as the care of you and your families is paramount.
A nuestros asegurados en las áreas afectadas por los recientes huracanes, queremos que sepan que todos en Aflac estamos pensando en, y orando por, ustedes. Estamos trabajando con agencias del gobierno que representan todas las áreas declaradas como zonas de desastre, para asegurarnos de hacer todo lo posible para ayudarles. Basándonos en su consejo, hemos extendido por 60 días las fechas de vencimiento de las primas de las pólizas de aquellos que viven en áreas declaradas como zonas de desastre. Si tiene una pregunta sobre su póliza o necesita ayuda, contáctenos al 800-992-3522. Para ayudar con la recuperación, Aflac ha donado $500,000 a la Cruz Roja Americana y nuestros empleados están efectuando sus propias donaciones. Por favor cuídense, ya que su bienestar y el de sus familias está por encima de todo.
Health care reform requires almost all Americans to have qualifying health coverage (QHC) that offers minimal essential coverage (MEC), or pay a penalty. Wondering what this means for you? Take a look at these straightforward answers to frequently asked questions about the requirements and penalties:
Health plans that qualify include: individual major medical coverage, most job-based major medical coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), TRICARE and certain other coverage.
Should you decide not to purchase minimum essential coverage, you may be responsible for a tax penalty known as a shared-responsibility payment. The tax penalty will either be a set dollar amount or the percentage of household income, whichever is greater. The fine is capped at the cost of the national average of a bronze-level health insurance plan. See the chart below for details.
The penalty is calculated on a monthly basis, so the fine will be 1/12 of the annual fine for each month an individual or family is uninsured.
If the lowest available eligible plan costs more than 8 percent of your income, you may not be penalized for not purchasing health insurance. Other exemptions to the penalty include American Indian ethnicity, undocumented immigrant status, religious objection, financial hardship, and being without coverage for less than three months or being incarcerated.
In certain instances, you may be able to receive premium tax credits to help offset the costs of health insurance coverage through the federal or state health insurance marketplace where you live. You may be able to take advantage of government support if you meet the following requirements:
To learn more about health care reform, visit: healthcare.gov/, irs.gov/uac/ACA-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision-Calculating-the-Payment and aflac.com/health-care-reform.
This material is intended to provide general information about an evolving topic and does not constitute legal, tax or accounting advice regarding any specific situation. Aflac cannot anticipate all the facts that a particular employer or individual will have to consider in their benefits decision-making process. We strongly encourage readers to discuss their HCR situations with their advisors to determine the actions they need to take or to visit healthcare.gov (which may also be contacted at 800-318-2596) for additional information.
Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York.