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Are You Eligible For Health Care Subsidies? Find Out Fast With This Calculator

Millions of Americans will be able to sign up for health care on the Health Insurance Exchange this fall. An estimated 2.6 million Texans could qualify for tax credits to purchase health insurance.

More than two million Texans may qualify for insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But many have no idea they’re eligible. We've got a calculator, so you don't have to do the math.

Starting October 1st millions of people in Texas will be able to shop and sign up for health insurance online at And while awareness of the health exchange marketplace is growing, a majority of people don’t know subsidy assistance is available.

In Texas, an estimated 2.6 million people will be eligible for government tax credits to offset the cost of healthcare. 

There are a few variables that go into determining eligibility, but you don’t have to try and calculate everything by yourself! The Kaiser Family Foundation created a subsidy calculator to help you figure out if you’re eligible.

And you can find more information on how to get coverage at or You can also call (800) 318-2596. Hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD technology can dial 1-855-889-4325 for assistance.

*Remember, subsidies are only available for people purchasing coverage on their own in the exchange (not through an employer). 

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.