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PEEHIP

Premium Assistance Program

PEEHIP can provide some assistance to its members by giving a discount on Hospital Medical premiums based on (1) family size and (2) total combined household income.

To apply for this discount, PEEHIP members must submit the Premium Assistance Application and furnish acceptable proof of total annual household income based on their most recently filed Federal Income Tax Return.

Active and retired members may apply. The discount will be effective the first day of the second month after PEEHIP’s receipt and approval of the application. The discount only applies to Hospital Medical premiums and is for the current plan year only. Members must reapply each plan year.

The discount does not apply to the tobacco premium or wellness premium for those who are subject to these premiums. The discount does not apply to members on a Leave of Absence, COBRA, or surviving dependent contract.

How to Apply for Premium Assistance:

  • Estimate eligibility for the discount using the household income table found on the Premium Assistance Application.
  • If eligible, fill out steps 1 – 4 of the Premium Assistance Application and send it to PEEHIP with all required information as specified in step 2.

Reminders:

  • Only one application can be submitted per plan year regardless of income change.
  • You must reapply every year during Open Enrollment or your discount will expire on the upcoming October 1.
  • Any premium assistance Application postmarked after the Open Enrollment period (July 1 – August 31) will be effective for the first day of the second month after the receipt and approval of the application.

Any information provided to PEEHIP is kept strictly confidential and in compliance with HIPAA regulations. Your income and tax information will not be shared with any third party. 

Free Tax Help

For free tax preparation help, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers   

For free tax preparation software, visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free

Premium Assistance Law

Section 16-25A-17.1, Code of Alabama 1975

The annual income of an employee or retiree shall be aggregated with the annual income of the spouse of such employee or retiree and shall include all sources of income including, but not limited to, wages, pension benefits, and Social Security benefits, that may be included in gross income for purposes of federal income taxation. Applicants must submit with their application a copy of their federal tax return and, if the applicant did not file a joint return with his or her spouse, a copy of the spouse’s federal tax return. Any reduction in an employee’s or retiree’s contribution pursuant to this section shall not be considered income of the employee or retiree for purposes of determining Medicaid eligibility for such employee or retiree.

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