Step 4: Provide Your Personal Information

To complete the Marketplace application, you will need to supply information regarding your household. The information supplied is used to calculate your household size and household income. This information is needed to determine what health insurance programs you qualify for such as Medicaid, Essential Plan, Qualified Health Plan. Your household size and household income also help to determine if you are eligible for financial assistance. You should include these people on your application:

  • Yourself
  • Your spouse if you're married
  • Any children you are caring for who live with you
  • Your partner who lives with you
  • Anyone you include on your federal income tax return

You do not have to file taxes to apply for health insurance coverage for the Marketplace. Anyone else who lives with you, besides those listed above, will need to file their own application if they want insurance.

You will be asked about your marital status and tax filing status as part of the application process. To qualify for the premium tax credit, most married individuals applying through the Marketplace must file their federal taxes jointly. However, there may be situations when married individuals may qualify without filing taxes jointly.

All the information you provide on the application is kept private, as required by law. In order to determine if you can receive financial assistance when applying through the Marketplace, please have the below information available.

  • Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants who need health insurance)
  • Birth dates
  • Employer and income information for everyone in your family
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance
  • Information about any job-related health insurance available to your family

A more comprehensive checklist of information to gather can be found here.

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