Help Paying Marketplace Premiums: Defining Income and Household

I lost my job and now I get unemployment benefits. Do those count as income in determining my eligibility for premium tax credits?

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Yes.  Unemployment insurance generally is included in your gross income and is taken into account in determining eligibility for premium tax credits.

When applying for premium tax credits in the Marketplace, be sure to include information unemployment benefits you expect to receive.

While we have made every effort to provide accurate information in these FAQs, people should contact the health insurance Marketplace or Medicaid agency in their state for guidance on their specific circumstances.

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