The chart below shows the lower co-pays of the enhanced silver (Cost Sharing Reductions) subsection of the Four  metal levels  (click to view more details on Molina’s Website) plans based on your (MAGI) Modified Adjusted Gross Income (Line 37 1040), number of dependents and percentage of FPL – Federal Poverty Level (click to view chart).

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73, 87 or 94. 

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2018 Enhanced Silver Benefits
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Please note that while our quote engine says the  Silver Benefits are at the 70% level, but in fact they show the correct co-pays and deductibles.  

Learn more about Deductibles, Co-Pays and the Annual Out of Pocket Maximum.   A lot of people misunderstand and think they have to pay $11,400 before they can collect on anything, that is not correct.

Depending on your income with an Enhanced Silver Cost Sharing Reduction you could  wind up with better coverage than Gold 80 or Platinum 90. As you are getting a better AV – Actuarial Value.  

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Links & Resources

Four Page Summary on How to Enroll, Shop & Compare for 2016

2017 Income – Enhanced Silver – CSR Cost Sharing Reduction Levels

One chart for Metal Levels and Enhanced Silver Cost Share Reductions

Blue Shield Matrix of Metal Level and Enhanced Silver

§156.410 Cost-sharing reductions – more
Blue Shield Website on Enhanced Silver

Detail Silver Level Chart on Molina WebsiteLA Care

Silver 94 vs Medi-Cal specific Q & A sample Email response

Covered CA FAQ # 118 Enhanced Silver Explanation

2.2 Million are missing out on the extra benefits of the Silver Plans – Learn More⇒ Kaiser Health News 8.21.2015

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11 comments on “Enhanced Silver – Cost Sharing Reductions

  1. Can you please confirm the MAXIMUM income for the following:

    (I have the official tables – but they aren’t entirely clear to me)

    Tax year 2017 Silver 94
    2 persons Max income for family of 2 = $

    Tax year 2018 Silver 94 1 person Max income for family of 1 = $

    Bronze HSA
    Max income for family of 1 = $

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      Take a look at the chart above and the enlargement below of the part that applies to your question along with the Income Chart and the next screen shot.

      You can earn up to 150% of Federal Poverty Level in this case $18,090 for a single and $24,360 for 2 in the family and still qualify for not only subsidies to pay premiums, but the enhancement – cost sharing reduction to have your Silver 70 increased to better than Platinum as a Silver 94. I’m not sure where your confusion is in reading the chart. If you are more than $18,090 then you are greater than > 150% and would be in Silver 87.

      Please note that if you earn less than 138% of Federal Poverty Level, Medi-Cal will “kidnap” you and I don’t get paid.

      Here’s information on Federal Poverty Level from Code of Federal Regulations 156.400 et seq Our Webpage on CFR – Cost Sharing Reductions

      It’s not “income” that we are talking about, but MAGI Income, line 37 + …

      Here’s an explanation on Kaiser Foundation’s Website

      Bronze HSA would not qualify for enhanced silver benefits. Click here to get quote for the subsidy amount, depending on income – federal poverty level.

      See page 174 of Western Poverty Law for explanation of Cost Sharing Reductions

      Be sure that you report changes of income within 30 days

      42 U.S. Code § 18071 – Reduced cost-sharing for individuals enrolling in qualified health plans (2)Additional reduction for lower income insuredsThe Secretary shall establish procedures under which the issuer of a qualified health plan to which this section applies shall further reduce cost-sharing under the plan in a manner sufficient to—
      (A)in the case of an eligible insured whose household income is not less than 100 percent but not more than 150 percent of the poverty line for a family of the size involved, increase the plan’s share of the total allowed costs of benefits provided under the plan to 94 percent of such costs;

  2. Silver 87 was very good. I had a lot of physical therapy PT this past year and silver 87 offered very good prices – benefits for PT.

    Is 87 no longer available?

    If not, are there other plans that offer lower PT then $30 a session?

  3. My mother-in-law just got her medi-cal card having been here for few years. She currently has no income and does not file taxes.

    I have read that on top of medi-cal, she is better off having a Covered Cal Silver plan.

    I do not quite understand. If she has medi-cal, why does she need another coverage?

    Would be obliged if someone explains the details.

  4. What happens if I qualify and sign up for the enhanced silver plan and receive all of the benefits of said plan. [See above chart]

    However, my income is increased at some point in the year for whatever reason and as a result when I file my taxes I am over the income threshold requiring me to pay some of the excess premium payments back with my taxes.

    Is there a penalty for all of the lower deductibles/copays I was able to utilize under the Enhanced silver plan?

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