I Don’t Have a Checking Account. Can the Insurance Company Require that I Get One and Pay my Premiums through Automatic Monthly Withdrawals?

I Don’t Have a Checking Account. Can the Insurance Company Require that I Get One and Pay my Premiums through Automatic Monthly Withdrawals?
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No. Insurers offering coverage in the individual-market exchange or Marketplace are required to provide a variety of payment methods and cannot require a consumer to pay by automatic bank withdrawals (sometimes called electronic funds transfers, or EFT.) 

Federal rules require the insurer to accept paper checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, and all general-purpose pre-paid debit cards, as well as EFT. 

These methods must be available to consumers for both the initial premium payment (at enrollment) and ongoing payments.

Source: KFF

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