Information on IRS Form 1095-B for People with Health Care Coverage Provided by the State of Michigan

If you or someone in your household had health care coverage provided by the State of Michigan, you may receive a new tax form called 1095-B Health Coverage.

**This form is informational only and does not need to be filled out or sent back to the Internal Revenue Service or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.**


Why You are Getting this Form

The new health care law that began in 2010 called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires all US citizens to be enrolled in health care coverage that provides minimum essential coverage (MEC).  If you will file an income tax return, you will be asked to confirm whether you had heath care coverage for any part of the year. The 1095-B form will have the information you need to answer this question. Each person that was enrolled in a State of Michigan MEC health care program will be sent a 1095-B form.


What To Do with the Form

The State of Michigan must have the1095-B form postmarked to you no later than January 31st of each year. For the 2015 tax year only, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended this date to March 31, 2016. When you get the form, DO NOT THROW IT AWAY. When filing your income tax return, you can use this form to answer questions about which months of the tax year you had MEC. If you have more questions about how this form is used when filing your income tax return, you should talk to a professional tax preparer or read the questions and answers from the IRS about the 1095-B tax form. Visit the IRS website to find free and low cost resources for help with income tax return preparation. 

If you do not need to file an income tax return for the tax year, you may choose to simply keep the form for your records.

 

What to Do if You Didn't Get the Form and Think You Should Have

If you have not received your 1095-B form by the end of February, there could be a reason why:

  • You were NOT enrolled in a program that provided MEC. Examples of this are:
    • Plan First!
    • Emergency Services Only (ESO)
    • Maternity Outpatient Medical Services (MOMS)
    • Ambulatory Prenatal Services (APS)
    • Coverage provided while you were incarcerated
    • Being on a deductible (spenddown)
  • Your mailing address in our enrollment files is incorrect.  Call the Beneficiary Help Line at 1-800-642-3195 to check the address we have for you and to get your address updated.  A new 1095-B form will automatically be sent to you after your address is updated.

If you lost your form, log-on to the myHealthPortal application at www.michigan.gov/myhealthportal to reprint your tax form (for current beneficiaries only).  Or you can also call the Beneficiary Help Line at 1-800-642-3195 to have another one mailed to you.

While the information on this form may assist in preparing your tax return, it is NOT required and does NOT need to be attached to your tax return.

What to Do if Something on the Form is Wrong

If any of the information on the form is incorrect, call the Beneficiary Help Line to update your information. 

Do NOT call the IRS or your Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) local office specialist if something on the form is wrong. They will not be able to update it.

If you have other questions not answered on this page, you can call the Beneficiary Help Line at 1-800-642-3195 for help.