Understanding medical coverage tax forms 1095-B and 1095-C

It is tax time once again and this year medical coverage forms 1095-B and 1095-C  are are making an appearance as part of the tax process.

However, when these forms appear in your mailbox, it’s important to remember the following about both forms:

  • It is not necessary to wait for Forms 1095-B, or 1095-C, in order to file your 2015 income tax return.
  • While the information on these forms may assist in preparing a return, they are not required.
  • You will not need to send the IRS proof of your health coverage, however, you should keep any documentation regarding proof of your medical coverage along with your other tax records.

Form 1095-B

Every current or former State of Texas employee and retiree who had medical coverage through the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) in 2015, will receive form 1095-B from the administrator of the plan (or plans) under which he or she had medical coverage during the calendar year by February 2016. Depending on which plan(s) you were covered by in 2015, you will receive form 1095-B directly from:

  • United HealthCare for HealthSelect SM of Texas, and/or
  • KelseyCare powered by Community Health Choice

If you do not receive your form 1095-B by the end of February 2016, or if you lose it, you can call your medical insurance provider toll-free to request another copy. Please see the contact information below:

  • United Healthcare for HealthSelect SM of Texas:
    (866) 336-9371 (TTY 711),
    8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • KelseyCare powered by Community Health Choice:
    (844) 515-4877,
    8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday

Form 1095-C

This form will be sent from your employer notifying you of the medical coverage that was offered to you by your employer. Important information to remember about this form is:

  • The IRS has extended the deadline for employers to provide form 1095-C to March 31, 2016.
  • University of Houston System (UHS), will send this form to all employees by March 31, 2016.

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