Obamacare calculator: What will it cost me?

The health insurance exchanges are open. Cut through the hype, the scare tactics and the freaky ads and get the facts on what your insurance tab will run.

Colorado startups are well known for their work hard, play hard ethos. But what’s the risk to your company when a core team member is out on extended sick leave?

For early stage companies who can’t afford to provide health insurance benefits yet, the Affordable Care Act could help founding teams get coverage that can keep them and their employees out of financial ruin.

Freelancing? Run, don’t walk to the health exchange to see how you can benefit.

Plus, winging it by not carrying even basic health insurance isn’t an option anymore. Many Americans (with lots of exceptions) will be required to have health insurance starting Jan. 1, 2014, or pay a tax penalty.

This handy calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation and NPR provides a basic snapshot of the cost (and possibly subsidy) of purchasing insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

When you’re ready to take the plunge, check out Connect for Health Colorado — the state’s official health care marketplace for insurance options, premium quotes and corporate tax credits.