Press release
April 4, 2013

More Than 525,000 Missourians Will Be Eligible for New Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits in 2014

New Report Provides County-Specific Breakdown of Tax Credit Eligibility by Income, Age, Race and Ethnicity, and Employment Status

Washington, D.C.— A report released today says that in 2014, more than 525,000 Missourians will be eligible for premium tax credits that will help them pay for health coverage—a doorway to quality health care for individuals and families of all ages and of all racial and ethnic backgrounds across the state.

The report from the national health consumer organization Families USA includes county-by-county data, which reveal how many Missouri families in different income brackets (ranging as high as $94,200 for a family of four) will soon be protected from having to spend more than a set percentage of their income for health coverage.

Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, these premium tax credits take effect in January 2014, following an open enrollment period that begins in October of this year. The tax credits will be determined on a sliding scale based on income. People with the lowest incomes will receive the largest tax credits, ensuring that those who need it most will get the greatest financial assistance.

The tax credits will help Missourians purchase health insurance that meets their specific needs in the new health insurance marketplace, sometimes called the "exchange," which is being set up in the state. The tax credits will flow directly to the health plans in which families or individuals enroll, offsetting the total cost of plan premiums.

In terms of statewide eligibility, the report, "Help Is at Hand: New Health Insurance Tax Credits in Missouri," says:

  • More than 525,000 Missourians will be eligible for new premium tax credits in 2014.
  • People with annual incomes between $47,100 and $94,200 for a family of four (incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level) will make up about 55 percent of the Missourians eligible for the tax credits.
  • About eight in 10 (approximately 81 percent) of the Missourians who will be eligible for the premium tax credits will be white, non-Hispanics; while about 10 percent of the eligible Missourians will be black, non-Hispanics; and about 5 percent of the eligible Missourians will be Hispanic.

The report provides the same data on eligibility for counties or county groupings, based on how data are presented by the U.S. Census Bureau, across the entire state of Missouri. For example:

  • In the city of St. Louis, approximately 32,570 Missourians will be eligible for the premium tax credit, and about 46 percent of those residents will be families with incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Approximately 44 percent of the eligible residents will be white, non-Hispanics; about 46 percent will be black, non-Hispanics; and about 4 percent will be Hispanic.
  • In the county cluster that includes Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray Counties and Kansas City, about 97,140 people will be eligible, and about 57 percent of those residents will be families with incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Approximately 70 percent of the eligible residents will be white, non-Hispanics; about 14 percent will be black, non-Hispanics; and about 10.5 percent will be Hispanic.
  • In Boone County, which includes Columbia, about 12,810 Missourians will be eligible for the premium tax credit, and about 47.5 percent of those residents will be families with incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Approximately 81.5 percent of the eligible residents will be white, non-Hispanics; about 6 percent will be black, non-Hispanics; and about 4 percent will be Hispanic.

The report also provides specific data on the employment status and age of eligible Missourians, showing that an overwhelming number of those who will be eligible for premium tax credits will be in working families, and that young Missourians (ages 18-34) make up a large proportion of those who will be eligible for assistance.

"The tax credit subsidies are a game-changer: They will make health coverage affordable for huge numbers of uninsured families who would have been priced out of the health coverage and care they need," said Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA.