Plan Name On or Off Exchange Plan eligible for subsidy? Metal Level Deductible (individual/family) Out-of-pocket Max (individual/family)
BlueCare Bronze (HSA) 1765
by Health Options, Inc.
Both bronze $6,350 / $12,700 $6,350 / $12,700 Price & Details
BlueCare Bronze 1483
by Health Options, Inc.
Both bronze $6,900 / $13,800 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Bronze 1711S
by Health Options, Inc.
Both bronze $6,650 / $13,300 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Bronze 1601
by Health Options, Inc.
Both bronze $6,900 / $13,800 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Bronze 1486
by Health Options, Inc.
Both bronze $7,150 / $14,300 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Bronze 1767S
by Health Options, Inc.
Both bronze $6,650 / $13,300 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Bronze 1602
by Health Options, Inc.
Both bronze $7,150 / $14,300 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver 1490
by Health Options, Inc.
Both silver $5,950 / $11,900 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver 1498
by Health Options, Inc.
Both silver $5,000 / $10,000 $6,350 / $12,700 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver 1766S
by Health Options, Inc.
Both silver $3,500 / $7,000 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Silver 1603
by Health Options, Inc.
Both silver $5,950 / $11,900 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Silver 1604
by Health Options, Inc.
Both silver $6,500 / $13,000 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Silver 1712S
by Health Options, Inc.
Both silver $3,500 / $7,000 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Silver 1710
by Health Options, Inc.
Both silver $5,000 / $10,000 $6,350 / $12,700 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver 1477
by Health Options, Inc.
Both silver $6,500 / $13,000 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Gold 1768S
by Health Options, Inc.
Both gold $1,250 / $2,500 $4,750 / $9,500 Price & Details
BlueCare Gold 1565
by Health Options, Inc.
Both gold $0 / $0 $5,000 / $10,000 Price & Details
myBlue Gold 1605
by Health Options, Inc.
Both gold $940 / $1,880 $4,700 / $9,400 Price & Details
BlueCare Platinum 1485
by Health Options, Inc.
Both platinum $800 / $1,600 $2,500 / $5,000 Price & Details
BlueCare Platinum 1491
by Health Options, Inc.
Both platinum $0 / $0 $2,000 / $4,000 Price & Details
BlueCare Bronze Plus 1483P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off bronze $6,900 / $13,800 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Bronze Plus 1711PS
by Health Options, Inc.
Off bronze $6,650 / $13,300 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Bronze Plus 1486P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off bronze $7,150 / $14,300 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Bronze Plus 1767PS
by Health Options, Inc.
Off bronze $6,650 / $13,300 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Bronze Plus (HSA) 1765P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off bronze $6,350 / $12,700 $6,350 / $12,700 Price & Details
myBlue Bronze Plus 1602P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off bronze $7,150 / $14,300 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Bronze Plus 1601P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off bronze $6,900 / $13,800 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver Plus 1477P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $6,500 / $13,000 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver Plus 1498P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $5,000 / $10,000 $6,350 / $12,700 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver (HSA) 1476
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $3,600 / $7,200 $3,600 / $7,200 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver Plus 1766PS
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $3,500 / $7,000 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Silver Plus 1603P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $5,950 / $11,900 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver Plus 1490P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $5,950 / $11,900 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
BlueCare Silver Plus (HSA) 1476P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $3,600 / $7,200 $3,600 / $7,200 Price & Details
myBlue Silver Plus 1604P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $6,500 / $13,000 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Silver Plus 1712PS
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $3,500 / $7,000 $7,150 / $14,300 Price & Details
myBlue Silver Plus 1710P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off silver $5,000 / $10,000 $6,350 / $12,700 Price & Details
myBlue Gold Plus 1605P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off gold $940 / $1,880 $4,700 / $9,400 Price & Details
BlueCare Gold Plus 1768PS
by Health Options, Inc.
Off gold $1,250 / $2,500 $4,750 / $9,500 Price & Details
BlueCare Gold Plus 1565P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off gold $0 / $0 $5,000 / $10,000 Price & Details
BlueCare Platinum Plus 1485P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off platinum $800 / $1,600 $2,500 / $5,000 Price & Details
BlueCare Platinum Plus 1491P
by Health Options, Inc.
Off platinum $0 / $0 $2,000 / $4,000 Price & Details

 

 

 

What are Obamacare Health Insurance Plans?

Obamacare health insurance plans are plans which are eligible for reduced costs with a subsidy tax credit. Obamacare plans are only offered through the government exchange marketplace healthcare.gov or some States have their own exchange marketplace website. Although plans are only offered through the exchange marketplaces, the government allows certified brokers, agents, and web brokers to help you enroll in an Obamacare plan and apply for a subsidy.

 

What are Off-Exchange Health Insurance Plans?

Off-Exchange health insurance plans are plans which are available outside of the government exchange marketplaces. Off-Exchange plans existed before Obamacare. For example, if someone did not have access to a health insurance plan through work, they may have purchased an Off-Exchange plan offered on the Individual Market.

You can enroll in an Off-Exchange plan through a broker, agent, web broker, or by contacting the insurance company directly.

 

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What’s the difference between Obamacare plans and Off-Exchange plans?

The main difference between Obamacare plans and Off-Exchange plans is that only Obamacare plans are eligible for a subsidy tax credit to reduce costs.

Otherwise there are not many other differences between Obamacare plans and Off-Exchange plans. Plan design, coverage, and rates are similar and both sets of plans must adhere to government regulations. In fact, there are many plans which are available as both Obamacare plans and as Off-Exchange plans.

 

Can a plan be both an Obamacare and Off-Exchange plan?

Yes, a plan can be available as both an Obamacare and an Off-Exchange plan.

On the other hand, some plans are only offered as Obamacare plans while other plans are only offered as Off-Exchange plans.

 

Do plans which are both Obamacare and Off-Exchange plans cost the same price?

Yes, by law a plan which is offered as both an Obamacare plan and an Off-Exchange plan must be sold at the same price. In addition, broker, agents, and web brokers are required to sell plans at the same market price. However, keep in mind that only Obamacare plans are eligible for a subsidy to reduce the monthly premium price.

 

Who is eligible for Obamacare and Off-Exchange plans?

Technically everyone is eligible for Obamacare plans and Off-Exchange plans. The real question is - who is eligible for a subsidy tax credit? - which can only be used to reduce the costs of Obamacare plans. Note that even if you are not eligible for a subsidy tax credit, you are still allowed to purchase an Obamacare plan at the full price.

 

What is the Obamacare Subsidy (Tax Credit)?

The Obamacare subsidy is really a tax credit, and it is formally known as the Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC). Typically people receive a tax credit at the end of the year when filing taxes, but this tax credit can be received “in advance”, during the year, to reduce the monthly premium costs of an Obamacare health insurance plan.

You must complete an official government application to learn your subsidy amount. Everyone’s amount will be different. The calculation for the subsidy amount can be quite complicated. It is based on several different factors, but household income is the main factor. We recommend using our tool to estimate your subsidy amount.

 

Search Obamacare plans and estimate subsidy amount

 

Who is eligible to receive an Obamacare Subsidy (Tax Credit)

To be eligible for a subsidy to reduce the monthly premium costs of Obamacare plans, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Income requirements based on household size and household income. As examples, earn less than $48,240 for an individual and less than $98,400 for a family of four
  • Not eligible for other government sponsored insurance, such as Medicare or Medicaid
  • Do not have access to a health insurance plan from your employer which meet government coverage and affordability requirements
  • File taxes or be claimed as a spouse or dependent on taxes. Married couples are required to file taxes jointly.
  • Not be incarcerated
  • Be legally present in the United States

 

Why should I consider Off-Exchange plans?

Off-Exchange plans may provide you with additional options compared to available Obamacare plans. If you are not eligible for a subsidy, or only eligible for a small subsidy amount, Off-Exchange plans may still be an affordable option for you.

A second reason for considering Off-Exchange plans is that your favorite doctor may only accept a plan which is available as an Off-Exchange plan. We recommend researching provider networks when considering health insurance plans. We provide links to official provider directories, or doctor lookups, on Health Plan Radar.

In addition, some health insurance companies have been leaving the Obamacare plan market, but they may still offer Off-Exchange plans. Your preferred insurance company may still offer plans on the Off-Exchange market.

 

How do I choose an Obamacare plan or Off-Exchange plan which is best for me and my family?

There are several health insurance concepts you should understand before choosing a plan that’s best for you, including premium price, out-of-pocket costs, deductibles, and plan metal levels. Visit our choosing a plan FAQ page to learn more.

 

FAQs - Choosing an Obamacare or Off-Exchange Health Insurance Plan