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1095-B Still Required by ACA to Report 2019 Coverage

Applies to: All Markets, excluding Medicare

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is mailing Form 1095-B to members who bought coverage directly from Horizon BCBSNJ (and not through the Exchange [the federal Marketplace at]), and to members who have Horizon BCBSNJ coverage through an employer-sponsored fully insured health plan. In addition to receiving the form through the mail, these members can sign in to to view their form.

Form 1095-B is informational and is issued to help our members comply with their responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The form doesn’t have to be attached to federal or state income tax returns.

Form 1095-B includes the following information for members and their covered dependents:

  • Name(s)
  • Last four digits of each member’s Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Date(s) of birth (if SSN is not available)
  • Months of fully insured health insurance coverage with Horizon BCBSNJ from
    January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019

Horizon BCBSNJ will report to the IRS the months that the fully insured member and their covered dependents had qualifying health coverage through Horizon BCBSNJ.

If a member had coverage through a different employer or insurer, the member will receive a form from that employer or insurer.

If a member bought their coverage through the Exchange, the member will receive Form 1095-A from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Reporting obligations for self-insured groups
The ACA requires self-insured group health plans to be responsible for certain reporting obligations, including reporting the months of qualifying health insurance.

New Jersey Individual Mandate
Under state law, residents of New Jersey must have purchased health insurance beginning January 1, 2019, or pay a penalty to the state. New Jersey enacted this mandate because Congress repealed the penalties of the ACA’s individual mandate, effective December 31, 2018. This action ended the federal requirement that all individuals have health insurance.

New Jersey’s mandate, which mirrors the federal requirement, includes an annual penalty of 2.5 percent of a household’s income or a per-person charge — whichever is higher. The maximum penalty based on a per-person charge will be $2,085 for the 2019 tax year.

A hardship exception for individuals who cannot afford coverage will be determined by the State treasurer. We are currently waiting for guidance regarding what form of reporting, if any, will be required of Horizon BCBSNJ.

This information should not be construed as tax or legal advice. Questions your clients or their employees may have about their specific circumstances should be referred to their tax or legal professional.

If you have questions about the reporting requirement, please contact your Horizon BCBSNJ sales executive or account manager.

Published on: January 24, 2020, 01:08 a.m. ET
Last updated on: April 27, 2021, 02:22 a.m. ET