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Individual Shared Responsibility Provision - Exemptions

 

The individual shared responsibility provision requires you and each member of your family to have basic health insurance coverage (also known as minimum essential coverage), qualify for an exemption, or make an individual shared responsibility payment when you file your federal income tax return.

How you get the exemption depends upon the type of exemption for which you are eligible. You can obtain some exemptions only from the Marketplace in the area where you live, others only from the IRS, and yet others from either the Marketplace or the IRS.

This chart shows the types of exemptions available and whether they must be granted by the Marketplace, claimed on an income tax return filed with the IRS, or either may be granted by the Marketplace or claimed on a tax return. For additional information about how to get exemptions that may be granted by the Marketplace, visit HealthCare.gov/exemptions.

Information will be made available later about how to report health insurance coverage and claim exemptions on your income tax return.

Exemptions

May only be granted by Marketplace

May be granted by Marketplace or claimed on tax return

May only be claimed on tax return

Coverage is considered unaffordable - The amount you would have paid for employer-sponsored coverage or a bronze level health plan (depending on your circumstances) is more than eight percent of your actual household income for the year as computed on your tax return. Also see the second hardship listed below, which provides a prospective exemption granted by the Marketplace if the amount you would have paid for coverage is more than eight percent of your projected household income for the year.

 

 

Yes

Short coverage gap - You went without coverage for less than three consecutive months during the year. For more information, see question 22 of our questions and answers.

 

 

Yes

Household income below the return filing threshold - Your household income is below the minimum threshold for filing a tax return. Learn more about household income

 

 

Yes

Certain noncitizens - You are neither a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, nor an alien lawfully present in the U.S.

 

 

Yes

Members of a health care sharing ministry - You are a member of a health care sharing ministry, which is an organization described in section 501(c)(3) whose members share a common set of ethical or religious beliefs and have shared medical expenses in accordance with those beliefs continuously since at least December 31, 1999.

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Members of Federally-recognized Indian Tribes - You are a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe.

 

Yes

 

Incarceration - You are in a jail, prison, or similar penal institution or correctional facility after the disposition of charges.

 

Yes

 

Members of certain religious sects - You are a member of a religious sect in existence since December 31, 1950, that is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as conscientiously opposed to accepting any insurance benefits, including Medicare and Social Security.

Yes

 

 

Hardships:

 

 

 

        Your gross income is below the filing threshold. To find out if you are required to file, use our Interactive Tax Assistant.

 

 

Yes

        Two or more family members' aggregate cost of self-only employer-sponsored coverage exceeds 8 percent of household income, as does the cost of any available employer-sponsored coverage for the entire family.

 

 

Yes

        You purchased insurance through the Marketplace during the initial enrollment period but have a coverage gap at the beginning of 2014. See this HHS Question and Answer.

 

 

Yes

        You are experiencing circumstances that prevent you from obtaining coverage under a qualified health plan. Learn more about the criteria for this exemption.

Yes

 

 

        You do not have access to affordable coverage based on your projected household income.

Yes

 

 

        You are ineligible for Medicaid solely because the State does not participate in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Yes

 

 

        You are an American Indian, Alaska Native, or a spouse or descendant who is eligible for services through an Indian health care provider. Learn more.

Yes

 

 

        You have been notified that your health insurance policy will not be renewed and you consider the other plans available unaffordable. See HHS guidance and HHS Questions and Answers for more information