February 23, 2015
The Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) made two announcements on February 20, 2015 concerning a special enrollment period for individuals who did not have health coverage in 2014 and information concerning the number of individuals (who used the Federal Marketplace) that will be receiving a corrected Form 1095-A in March due to incorrect information contained on the original 1095-A that they received around the end of January.
Special Federal Marketplace Enrollment Period for the Tax Season
For individuals who reside in a state that uses the Federal Marketplace, a special enrollment period will be available to those individuals and their families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the shared responsibility payment (penalty) when they file their 2014 federal return.
Qualifying individuals will have the opportunity to purchase health insurance from March 15, 2015 through April 30, 2015 if they reside in a state that uses the Federal Marketplace and:
Individuals who are seeking to take advantage of this special enrollment period can find out if they are eligible by visiting the main get coverage page on healthcare.gov.
For more information on this announcement see the CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season press release on the CMS website.
Corrected Form 1095-A for Certain Individuals
CMS has announced that approximately 20 percent of individuals (800,000) who used the Federal Marketplace to obtain their 2014 health insurance and received an advance premium tax credit will receive a corrected Form 1095-A (Health Insurance Marketplace Statement) in early March. These individuals should also receive a phone call explaining that they will be receiving a corrected form 1095-A and that form should be used to complete Form 8962 (Premium Tax Credit) for their 2014 federal tax return.
The original Form 1095-A included the incorrect Second Lowest Cost Silver Plan (SLCSP) Premium amounts. This amount is needed in order to calculate the 2014 Premium Tax Credit on Form 8962, and if it is incorrect, the calculated premium tax credit will also be incorrect.
To find out if an individual is affected, they should do the following:
For those who have already filed their 2014 federal return (which CMS estimates at 50,000), the Treasury Department and IRS will be providing information soon.
For more information on this announcement see the What Consumers Need to Know about Corrected 1095-As blog posting on the CMS website.