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Subsidy for Separated Couple?

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Question: We are a separated couple with two different households, is each spouse eligible for a subsidy?

Answer: Your federal income tax filing status is key. If you file as "married filing jointly", you may be eligible for premium assistance depending on your joint income. You and your husband and any dependents would be considered one household even if you live apart. If you file as "married filing separately, neither you or your husband will be eligible for premium assistance.


Ann, hopefully your income makes you eligible for Medi-Cal. Your tax filing status doesn’t matter for Medi-Cal eligibiliuty.

As a woman who was married to a foreign man not residing in the US, no resin to file taxes here, I am stuck in “married filing separately” as I am not divorced and won’t likely be.. working sometimes, not making enough to pay fir healthcare myself, not eligible for Medicare fir 5? More years. Thus rule leaves me uncovered.

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