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

Large employers must offer health insurance to their full time workers or pay a penalty.  These employers also must provide their employees with Form 1095-C to document that health coverage was offered.   Every employee of a large employer who was eligible for health coverage this year should receive a form 1095-C in January.  Even if you declined to sign up for your health plan at work, you will still receive a form 1095-C.  Information on this form will also be reported to the IRS.


Form 1095-C will indicate your name and the name of your large employer, the months when you were eligible for coverage, and the cost to you of the cheapest monthly premium you could have enrolled in under your employer’s health plan. If you worked for a large employer that did not offer its full time employees health coverage, Form 1095-C will also indicate that.


Keep this form with your tax records.  You may need this form if you were offered health coverage by your employer and you did not sign up for it.  If you signed up for Marketplace coverage instead and received a premium tax credit in 2017, information on Form 1095-C will help you determine whether you were eligible for the tax credit (for example, if the cost of your employer health plan in 2017 was more than 9.69% of your income that year.)  If you signed up for Marketplace coverage and received a premium tax credit, and if your employer offered you coverage that is determined to be affordable, you may have to repay some or all of the tax credit you received in 2017.

If you were uninsured in 2017 even though your employer offered you health coverage that year, you may be eligible for an exemption from the tax penalty if the cost of your employer health plan was more than 9.69 percent of your income.

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