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I received a Form 1095-B in the mail. What’s that?

Health insurance companies, employer-sponsored health plans, and public health programs such as Medicaid are required to provide you with documentation of the coverage you had for each month during the year.  In January, you should receive a form 1095-B from your health plan or insurance company indicating the months during the prior year when you were covered under the plan.  If you were enrolled in family coverage, Form 1095-B will indicate the names of all family members who were covered with you under the plan.  A copy of this form will also be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.  Keep this form with your other tax records.  When you file your 2017 federal tax return next spring, you will need to indicate your health coverage throughout the year to determine if you may owe a tax penalty.  You can use information provided on the Form 1095-B to complete your tax return.

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