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Instructions for Form 1040-EZ

Line 11, Health Care: Individual Responsibility(p20)

For Use in Tax Year 2017
For each month of 2017, you must either:
If you had qualifying health care coverage (called minimum essential coverage) for every month of 2017 for yourself, your spouse (if filing jointly), and anyone you could claim as a dependent, check the box on this line and leave the entry space blank.
You can check the box even if:
If you can’t check the box on this line, you must generally either claim a coverage exemption on Form 8965 or report a shared responsibility payment on line 11 for each month that you, your spouse (if filing jointly), or someone you can or do claim as a dependent didn't have coverage. See the Instructions for Form 8965 for information on coverage exemptions and figuring the shared responsibility payment. However, if you can be claimed as a dependent, you don’t need to check the box, claim a coverage exemption, or report a payment. Leave the entry space blank. You don’t need to attach Form 8965 or see its instructions.
If you or someone in your household had minimum essential coverage in 2017, the provider of that coverage is required to send you and the IRS a Form 1095‐A, Form 1095‐B, or Form 1095‐C (with Part III completed) that lists individuals in your family who were enrolled in the coverage and shows their months of coverage.
You should receive the Form 1095-A by early February 2018 and Form 1095-B, or Form 1095-C, by early March 2018, if applicable. You don’t need to wait to receive your Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C to file your return. You may rely on other information about your coverage to complete line 11. Don’t include Form 1095-A, Form 1095-B, or Form 1095-C with your tax return.
Your health care coverage provider may have asked for your social security number. To understand why, go to
Minimum essential coverage.(p20)
For Use in Tax Year 2017
Most health care coverage that people have is minimum essential coverage.
Minimum essential coverage includes:
See the instructions for Form 8965 for more information on what qualifies as minimum essential coverage.
Reminder—Health care coverage.(p20)
For Use in Tax Year 2017
If you need health care coverage, go to to learn about health insurance options for you and your family, how to buy health insurance, and how you might qualify to get financial assistance to buy health insurance.
Premium tax credit.(p20)
For Use in Tax Year 2017
If you, your spouse, or a dependent enrolled in health insurance through the Marketplace, you may be able to claim the premium tax credit. You must file Form 1040A or 1040 to claim the premium tax credit. See Form 8962 and its instructions.