A little more on IRS medical insurance requirements, because yes it is confusing.
In early 2018, you may have received one or more forms providing information about the health care coverage that you had or were offered during the previous year. Much like Form W-2 and Form 1099, which include information about the income you received, these health care forms provide information that you may need when you file your individual income tax return. Also like Forms W-2 and 1099, these forms will be provided to the IRS by the entity that provides the form to you.
The forms are:
- Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. The Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) sends this form to individuals who enrolled in coverage there, with information about the coverage, who was covered, and when.
- Form 1095-B, Health Coverage. Health insurance providers (for example, health insurance companies) send this form to individuals they cover, with information about who was covered and when.
- Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. Certain employers send this form to certain employees, with information about what coverage the employer offered. Employers that offer health coverage referred to as “self-insured coverage” send this form to individuals they cover, with information about who was covered and when.
How are the forms different?
- The forms are provided by different entities.
- Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, is provided by the Marketplace to individuals who enrolled or who have enrolled a family member in health coverage through the Marketplace.
- Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, is provided by insurance companies and other coverage providers. However, if your coverage was insurance purchased through the Marketplace or was a type of coverage referred to as “self-insured coverage” that was provided by an applicable large employer, you will receive a different form.
- Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, is issued by applicable large employers to their full-time employees and, in some cases, to other employees.
- The forms are provided to different groups of people.
- Form 1095-A - Only individuals who enroll in coverage through the Marketplace will get this form.
- Form 1095-B – Individuals who have health coverage outside of the Marketplace will get this form (except for employees of applicable large employers that provide self-insured coverage, who will receive Form 1095-C instead).
- Form 1095-C - Individuals who work full-time for applicable large employers will get this form. Also, part-time employees also will get this form if they enroll in self-insured coverage provided by an applicable large employer.
- The forms contain some different information. Form 1095-A, Form 1095-B, and some Forms 1095-C show who in your family enrolled in health coverage and for what months. Form 1095-A also provides premium information and other information you will need to reconcile advance payments of premium tax credit and claim the premium tax credit on Form 8962. And Form 1095-C shows coverage that your employer offered to you even if you chose not to take that coverage.
Should I attach Form 1095-A, 1095-B or 1095-C to my tax return?
No. Although you may use the information on the forms to help complete your tax return, these forms should not be attached to your return or sent to the IRS. The issuers of the forms are required to send the information to the IRS separately. You should keep the forms for your records with your other important tax documents.
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