OPM Provides Fact Sheet on Complying with Minimum Health Insurance Guidelines Under FEHB

Do you have health insurance through the FEHB? OPM has released a fact sheet for federal employees with details on how to show compliance to the IRS under the Affordable Care Act.

OPM has released a fact sheet with information for federal employees on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1095-C that federal workers receive from their agencies and Shared Service Centers (SSCs) concerning their Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) coverage.

The document answers questions such as what the form is and how it relates to the Affordable Care Act, as well as how federal employees can show compliance under the law with their FEHB coverage.

OPM added these instructions for federal benefits officers:

In 2016, employees and annuitants with FEHB coverage began receiving the IRS Form 1095-C showing they received an offer of FEHB coverage. If the employee has questions about the information on IRS Form 1095-C, or about lost or incorrect forms, they should call their agency using the phone number provided on Line 10 of the IRS form. We request that agency Benefits Officers and Human Resources Officers assist employees with questions or corrections to their information shown on the IRS form. Please do not advise the enrollee to call OPM because we will not have employee data to answer questions about the information on this form. It is the agency’s responsibility to make corrections to and answer questions about the employee data on the IRS Form 1095-C.

Annuitants who were employed a portion of the year will also receive an IRS Form 1095-C from their former employer. Otherwise, annuitants will not receive this form.

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