More States Giving Consumers the Opportunity to Get Covered at Tax Time

By Liz Hagan

Updated March 24, 2015

As we blogged about earlier this week, some consumers in states using HealthCare.gov will be granted a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if they find out while filing their taxes that they will owe a fine for not having health insurance in 2014. Several state-based marketplaces (SBMs) have also created similar tax filing SEPs. Here’s where things stand:

  • California: Californians who did not know about or understand the penalty for not having coverage have an opportunity to enroll from February 23 to April 30 through an SEP.
  • Connecticut: Connecticuters who find out while filing their 2014 taxes that they’ll owe a fine can enroll in April through an SEP.
  • District of Columbia: Washingtonians who owe a fine on their 2014 taxes or who have found out about the fine since February 15 can qualify for an SEP from March 15 through April 30.

  • Hawaii: Uninsured Hawaiians who owe a fine for not hot having health coverage can access an SEP from March 20 through April 30.

  • Kentucky: Kentuckians unaware of tax penalties will have an SEP to enroll between March 2 and April 30.
  • Minnesota:  Minnesotans required to pay a tax penalty for not having 2014 health coverage will be granted an SEP from March 1 to April 30.
  • New York: New Yorkers who face a fine for not having health coverage in 2014 will be granted an SEP between March 1 and April 30.
  • Rhode Island: Rhode Islanders who find out they’ll owe a fine for being uninsured in 2014 can enroll though an SEP from March 15 through April 30.
  • Washington: Washingtonians learning about tax penalties for not having coverage should contact the call center to request an SEP before April 17.
  • Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts: No tax filing SEP available at this time.

Consumers looking to get in-person assistance should continue to use our Get Covered Connector to find available appointments. We will be updating this blog post as new information becomes available.

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