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What is the Grace Period?

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Question: I thought Obamacare made the grace period 90 days? I have been fighting with Blue Shield after they cancelled my coverage for non-payment. I was well within 90-days. Is that legal?

Answer: The ACA law requires a 90-day grace period for on-exchange members receiving subsidies for their health plan. For off-exchange members not receiving subsidies, the grace period is 30 days. If you are on a 90-day grace period and do not pay 100% of your total premium due, the grace period does not start over. Example: Let's say you owe $600.00 for March and April. In April, you pay one month's premium for the month of March. In this scenario, you are still in the 90-day grace period with 30 days left until you are cancelled. The 90-day grace period will start over once you have paid 100% of the amount due.

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