Q: What are Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits, Premium Tax Credits, or Advanced Premium Tax Credits?
Tax credits (also known as health insurance premium tax credits, premium tax credits, or advanced premium tax credits) help lower the cost of your monthly health plan premium. If you qualified for tax credits, you had the option to use them in advance to lower the cost of your monthly premium, or you can claim them as a lump sum when you file your tax return.
If you or a household member used tax credits, you must file a federal income tax return.
Q: Who will receive a 1095-A from Washington Healthplanfinder?
Customers enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan will receive a 1095-A. If you were enrolled in more than one plan during the year, you’ll get a 1095-A for each plan. Customers enrolled in a catastrophic health plan will not receive a 1095-A.
Customers enrolled in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) will receive a 1095-B from the Washington State Health Care Authority. Learn more about the 1095-B.
Q: What about Qualified Dental Plans?
- For Qualified Dental Plans, only the premium for pediatric dental benefits for enrollees under the age of 19 is reported on the 1095-A.
- If an enrollee turns 19 mid-month, the 1095-A will show their full premium for that month, but will not reflect the premium after that month.
- The Qualified Dental Plan premium for adults will not be reflected on the 1095-A, because they are not considered Essential Health Benefits according to the guidelines of the IRS for reporting premiums.
Q: If I received a 1095-A, what forms do I need to submit with my tax return?
Use your 1095-A to complete IRS Form 8962: Premium Tax Credit.
If you used tax credits to lower the cost of your monthly premium, or you’d like to claim your tax credit as a lump sum, you must file a federal tax return and attach Form 8962.
When you file your tax return, you must use IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040NR. You can’t file with Form 1040EZ.
IMPORTANT! If you don’t file your taxes correctly and on time, you may not be eligible to get tax credits in future years.
Q: What is IRS Form 8962 and what do I need to do with it?
IRS Form 8962: Premium Tax Credit is used to reconcile any tax credits you may have used to lower your monthly premium and to determine if you received the right amount. You’ll use the information on your 1095-A to complete Form 8962.
Q: How can I get my 1095-A?
You can view or print a digital copy of your 1095-A by signing in to your account at www.wahealthplanfinder.org and going to your Message Center. Or, download the WAPlanfinder mobile app available in the App Store and Google Play.
You will only receive a paper copy of your 1095-A in the mail from Washington Healthplanfinder if you have signed up for mail notification through your account.
Q. I’m having trouble viewing my 1095-A through Washington Healthplanfinder. What should I do?
If you’re having trouble viewing your Washington Healthplanfinder messages, including your 1095-A, try updating your internet browser or using a different browser (for example, Chrome).
Q: I forgot to update my household size (such as, getting married or having a baby) last year. What should I do?
After December 31, 2018, we can’t make changes to your 2018 information. Any changes to your household size that you forgot to update can be updated using Form 8962.
Q: Why is the premium amount on my 1095-A different from the premium amount on the bill I get from my insurance company every month?
Premium tax credits can only be used for benefits that are considered essential health benefits (or “EHB”) and may not be used for benefits that are not considered EHB (such as acupuncture).
Your 1095-A provides information so you can either claim your tax credits as a lump sum or to reconcile the tax credits you received in advance each month to help pay for your premium. Because of this, the form only includes the premium amount that covers essential health benefits. EHB rates range between 96.55% and 100% of your monthly premium, depending on your plan.
Q: What if information is incorrect or missing from my 1095-A?
The most common reasons a 1095-A needs to be updated include:
- Incorrect coverage dates (start date, end date, number of months covered, etc.)
- Incorrect tax credit amount
If you think there’s an error on your 1095-A, submit a correction request online.
Q: I also got a 1095-B or 1095-C. How are those different from my 1095-A?
If you or a household member were covered by another program other than a Qualified Health Plan through Washington Healthplanfinder, you may also get a 1095-B or a 1095-C.
If you were enrolled in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid), you’ll receive a 1095-B from the Washington State Health Care Authority. Learn more about the 1095-B.
All 1095 forms indicate the type of coverage you had last year. Follow each forms instructions so you file your tax return correctly.
Q: How do I know if I was enrolled in a catastrophic health plan?
If you were enrolled in a catastrophic health plan, you won’t receive a 1095-A. Instead, you should check a box on your tax return to confirm that you had minimum essential coverage.
Below is a list of the 2018 catastrophic health plans:
- Kaiser Permanente WA Catastrophic Plan 7350/0
- Core Basic Plus Catastrophic-18
Last updated 1/17/19