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Premium Assistance Repayment?

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Question: I am planning to apply for coverage during open enrollment, ending my current COBRA coverage. My question is this- If I am on Covered California or even MediCal for part of the year and then I get hired for a full time position (that exceeds the income threshold for Covered California) with employee benefits 6 months into the year, will I need to pay back the benefits I received during the first part of the year or pay a penalty? Thank you!

Answer: If you receive premium assistance through Covered California in 2018 based on your current income and subsequently earn more, you will repay some or all of the premium assistance you drew when you file your tax return for 2018. If you are covered by Medi-Cal, no repayment will be required.

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