You may have recently received a form in the mail from DHHS, your employer or the Marketplace. The 1095 form is your "proof of health care coverage" for 2015. Remember if you did not have health care coverage for more than 3 months, you are required to pay a shared responsibility payment (penalty).
You will need this form when you go to file your taxes. There are 3 types of 1095 forms--for Marketplace insurance, public insurance, and employer insurance. If your status changed during the year, or if you had multiple employers, you may get more than one of these!
1095-A Health Insurance Marketplace Statement
If you had health care coverage through the Marketplace for any part of 2015, you will receive a 1095-A. If you selected electronic communications, you will receive an email notifying you that your 1095-A can be downloaded from your Marketplace account at healthcare.gov.
Your marketplace statement will indicate your tax credit and this form is used to determine whether you may have to pay part of your tax credit back or whether you will receive more of a tax credit.
Form 1095-A is used to fill out Form 8962 to reconcile the tax credits you received with your actual 2015 income. (Read about Form 8962 in our next blog post!)
1095-B Health Coverage
You will receive a 1095-B form if your health care was provided by your employer or was provided by the government through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP, MIChild in Michigan), Medicaid, Medicare or a basic health plan.
1095-C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage
Employees will receive a 1095-C if you health care was sponsored by your employer.
Want more details? The IRS has detailed information about the 1095 forms here.
Two More Tax Forms
You may also need to reconcile your tax credits, or claim a health coverage exemption--and forms 8962 and 8965 allow you to do that.
We will write more about health care and taxes in the next few weeks. This is just the beginning!