Health Coverage Exemptions

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Most people are required by law to have health coverage known as “minimum essential coverage” or pay a penalty when they file their taxes. Minimum essential coverage includes all health plans purchased through the Marketplace, most job-based coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, All Kids, TRICARE and more. Your insurance company can tell you if your insurance plan is considered minimum essential coverage.

But, certain circumstances may prevent you from enrolling in health coverage. You can request an exemption from paying the penalty if you do not have minimum essential coverage. This fact sheet includes answers to a few common questions about health coverage exemptions.

Intended audiences: Assisters / Navigators
Topics: Affordable Care Act, Assister / Navigator Tools, Health Insurance, Tax Education, Education
Tags: Hardship, exemptions, Taxes, Tax Form, GCI Fact Sheet

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