MLRI has prepared two flyers for tax preparers: 1. A summary of the ways in which uninsured taxpayers are protected from the individual mandate penalty in 2008 without the need to file a hardship appeal. 2. A handout for taxpayers who do need to file a hardship appeal explaining what happens next.
Powerpoint presentation by Connector legal staff at Jan. 09 board meeting with stats. on hardship appeals from individual mandate penalties in 2007 --2/3 of appeals were dismissed on procedural grounds; but 3/4 of those making it to review were approved. Also stats. on Commonwealth Care appeals.
The Affordability worksheet is used to determine whether there is an affordable health insurance product available to an individual or household. Persons determined to have no affordable coverage are exempt from the Individual Mandate.
Including Schedule HC, and other related DOR material. Because enforcement of the Individual Mandate occurs through tax filing, the Department of Revenue is now in the Health Reform enforcement business.
For 2007 tax year, this needs to be filed by December 1, 2007. The form must be submitted by December 1 to be considered. However, someone who doesn’t submit the form can still receive a hardship exemption from the mandate by reporting similar information on their state tax return. In fact,…
A worksheet developed by the Health Insurance Connector to give people an idea whether insurance will be deemed affordable to them under the Individual Mandate. An interactive version of this worksheet and a Spanish version are posted at www.mahealthconnector.org.
Important July 1st Health Program Changes
Effective July 1st, the following changes are being taken to further implement health care reform.
No premiums for households under 150% of poverty in MassHealth or Commonwealth Care- In MassHealth alone, close to 19,000 households who are currently paying…
This Massachusetts Division of Insurance Bulletin implements a provision of the 2006 health reform law requiring carriers who offer dependent coverage to continue coverage until the earlier of the child's 26th birthday or 2 years after the child loses dependent status under federal tax rules.
This January 2007 memo outlines new coverage options for people under 300% of the poverty level under the 2006 health reform law including Commonwealth Care for uninsured adults and expanded Family Assistance for children.