My work offers health insurance only for me, not for my husband. Is it ok for my husband to get individual health insurance and put only his income?
Dear Michigan Employee,
Your household income will include both yours and your husband’s income, because you are married. The household income and number of people determines where you fall on the Federal Poverty guidelines, which in turn determines how much he might get for a subsidy (help from the government) to buy his insurance.
Before you go any further, make sure that your employer’s plan meets the standards for “affordable”. It can cost no more than 9.5% of your (just your, not your husband’s) income to cover yourself. The employer should have given you a letter affirming that it meets this standard. If you didn’t get a letter (or misplaced it), ask your boss or your company’s human resource person.
Many companies give the employees coverage for no charge, so it’s easy to affirm that it is affordable. If so, then move forward and have your husband apply for his own coverage at the exchange.