What qualifies as Minimum Essential Coverage?
In order to avoid the tax penalty, each person in your family must have "minimum essential coverage”. A person will be considered to have minimum essential coverage for any month they are legally enrolled in one of the following types of coverage for at least one day:
- An employer group health plan
- An individual health insurance policy
- A government plan such as Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), TRICARE, or veterans coverage
- Student health coverage
- Medicare Advantage plan
- State high risk pool coverage
- Coverage for non-U.S. citizens provided by another country
- Refugee medical assistance provided by the Administration for Children and Families
- Coverage for AmeriCorp volunteers
All the plans listed above will qualify as having minimum essential coverage and thus will allow you to avoid the tax penalty.