What doesn’t count as health insurance on my 2016 return?
The products and programs listed below may help you pay for certain medical services, but they don’t meet the Affordable Care Act (ACA) minimum requirement for health insurance. If this is the only coverage you have, you may have to pay the penalty.
Other types of insurance:
- Dental plans
- Vision plans
- Car insurance
- Homeowner’s insurance
- Travelers insurance
- Accident or disability policies
- Short-term plans and long-term care plans
Limited government programs:
- Workers' compensation
- Short-term Medicaid for medically needy, emergency or 209b coverage and pregnancy-related services
- Supplemental Medicare like Part D and Medigap
- TRICARE plans that only cover care at military hospitals and clinics (aka “direct care”)
Limited individual plans:
- Plans that offer only discounts on medical services
- Plans that offer coverage only for a specific disease or condition
- Plans that pay you a set amount if you are sick or in the hospital
If you’re not sure if the coverage you had counts, call your provider and ask if your plan is recognized as minimum essential coverage.