Starting in 2014, if you do not have medical coverage, you will have to pay a penalty (in the form of a tax). If you do not qualify for coverage through the City of Palo Alto or you do not enroll yourself or a dependent, you will have to obtain coverage or pay the penalty. This penalty is known as the individual mandate penalty.
For eligible regular employees, the health plans offered by the City of Palo Alto qualify as affordable and meet the minimum essential coverage standards set by the Affordable Care Act. Because of this, you and your family won't qualify to receive any credits or subsidies, if you purchase coverage from a Marketplace, regardless of your income or family size. If you are a seasonal or variable hour employee or are on your waiting period for benefits and do not have access to other coverage, you may still qualify for reduced premiums through a Marketplace plan. To determine if you, and/or your family qualify for subsidies under the Health Insurance Marketplace in California, called, “Covered California”, visit the Covered California website.
For eligible regular employees, the health plans offered by
What do I do next?
If you are an eligible employee not covered under a health plan offered by the City of Palo Alto, you can learn more about the Marketplace
In addition, please review, “Affordable Care Act- Frequently Asked Questions.”
If you have any questions, please contact the People Strategy and Operations Department at 650-329-2376 or email Sandra Blanch at firstname.lastname@example.org