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Information for Tax Season

Your 2017 health coverage may affect your income taxes.  To get details, visit

If you had 2017 health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace

You will receive a new Form 1095-B (Health Insurance Marketplace Statement) by mail for you and your dependents by January, 31, 2018. Use it to file your 2017 federal income tax return.

If you were enrolled in one of VA’s programs during 2017

  • You will receive a new Form 1095-B (Health Coverage) from VA by mail by March 02, 2018.
  • You can report your VA health coverage simply by checking a box on your federal income tax form. You should have received a Form 1095-B (Health Coverage) from VA.
  • Beginning in 2016, health care providers were required by law to report to the IRS coverage provided to enrollees and beneficiaries the previous calendar year.

If you didn't have 2017 health coverage

If you did not have health coverage for 3 months or more in 2017, one of the following will apply to you: EITHER you will qualify for a health coverage exemption OR you will pay a fee when you file your 2017 federal income tax return. For more information regarding exemptions, visit The penalty for 2017 is either:

  • 2.5% of your household income, or
  • $695 per adult ($347.50 per child), whichever is higher.

If you have to pay the fee, you will pay the penalty on your federal income tax return. The IRS calls the fee the Shared Responsibility Payment. Those with low incomes and some others may be eligible for health care exemptions.

If you are uncovered just some months of the year, you pay ½ of the penalty for each month you are not insured. If you’re uncovered for only 1 to 2 consecutive months, you do not have to pay the fee at all.

For more information

To learn more, visit:

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