The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced a special
enrollment period for individuals and families who did not have health
coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility
payment” when they file their 2014 taxes. This special enrollment
period will begin on March 15, 2015 and end at 11:59 pm E.S.T. on April 30, 2015.
Wyoming residents are eligible for this special enrollment if they:
- Are not currently enrolled in coverage through the federally facilitated
marketplace for 2015,
- Attest that, when they filed their 2014 tax return, they paid the fee for
not having health coverage in 2014, and
- Attest that they first became aware of, or understood the implications
of, the shared responsibility payment after the end of open enrollment
(February 15, 2015) in connection with preparing their 2014 taxes.
St. John’s Medical Center continues to offer free appointments to
assist eligible consumers with the process of navigating the health insurance
marketplace. Appointments are available during business hours Monday through
Friday by calling 739-7247.
This year’s tax season is the first time individuals and families
will be asked to provide basic information regarding their health coverage
on their tax returns. Individuals who could not afford coverage or met
other conditions may be eligible to receive an exemption for 2014. Those
who do not qualify for an exemption and went without health coverage in
2014 will have to pay a fee (the shared responsibility payment) when they
file their taxes this year: $95 per adult or 1 percent of their income,
whichever is greater. The fee increases to $325 per adult or 2% of income for 2015.
Individuals taking advantage of the special enrollment period will still
owe a fee for the months they were uninsured if they did not receive an
exemption in 2014 and 2015. This special enrollment period is designed
to allow such individuals the opportunity to get covered for the remainder
of the year and avoid additional fees for 2015. Coverage will be effective
on the first day of the following month for consumers who enroll by the
15th of the preceding month.
Media Contact: Karen Connelly,