The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today is urging all Washington Healthplanfinder customers to file their 2018 tax return correctly and on time to avoid losing financial help.
Residents who enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan last year through the state’s online marketplace must submit information from their 1095-A tax form to the Internal Revenue Service by April 15 or the conclusion of their tax-filing extension. This action will allow those individuals to maintain their current eligibility and continue receiving tax credits that lower monthly premium payments.
“More than 130,000 Washingtonians currently rely on tax credits to help make their premium payments,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Customers should complete and then file their taxes to maintain their access to this financial help.”
Qualified Health Plan enrollees should have received their 1095-A tax form in January. Information from this form must be used to fill out IRS Form 8962 to reconcile any tax credits used to lower premiums payments throughout the previous year.
Customers may access a digital copy of their 1095-A by downloading the WAPlanfinder mobile app and then signing into their Washington Healthplanfinder account. The revamped wahealthplanfinder.org homepage also offers easy access to digital versions of customer tax forms and provides a direct connection to free resources to help those still needing to file.
Tax season tools available online leading into the April 15 deadline include answers to Frequently Asked Questions, free software for self-filing federal income tax returns, and a directory of tax professionals who can assist with the filing process. Free in-person help is also available through the Exchange’s network of trained navigators and brokers. Over-the-phone assistance can be reached by calling the toll-free Customer Support Center at 1 855-923-4633.
As of February, more than 200,000 Washingtonians purchased their 2019 health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder during the most recent open enrollment period. Residents currently without health insurance who have experienced a qualifying life event may still enroll in a plan using a special enrollment period. Applying for a special enrollment period may be done by creating a new account or reporting a change to an existing account through www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice of 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.
About Washington Healthplanfinder
Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for individuals and families in Washington to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing and public programs such as Medicaid. The next open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder will begin on Nov. 1.
About Washington Apple Health
In Washington, Medicaid is called Washington Apple Health. Free or low-cost coverage is available year-round for those who qualify. Since the Affordable Care Act launched in October 2013, more people have access to preventive care, like cancer screenings, treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and many other health care services they need to stay healthy. Apple Health clients enroll and renew online using Washington Healthplanfinder. Apple Health is administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority: www.hca.wa.gov