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Publication 502

Health Coverage Tax Credit(p22)

The health coverage tax credit (HCTC) is a tax credit that pays 72.5% of qualified health insurance premiums for eligible individuals and their families. The HCTC acts as partial reimbursement for premiums paid for qualified health insurance coverage.
You must elect the HCTC. Once you make the election to take the HCTC for an eligible coverage month, you can't take the premium tax credit for the same coverage in that coverage month and for all subsequent coverage months during your tax year in which you're eligible to take the HCTC.
If you have qualified health insurance that covers anyone besides yourself and your qualifying family member(s), you may not be able to take into account all of your payments. You can't treat an amount as paid for insurance for yourself and qualifying family members unless all of the following requirements are met.
For more information on who is eligible to take the HCTC, which plans are qualified health plans for the HCTC, how to figure your credit if advance payments of the premium tax credit were made, as well as other changes to the HCTC for 2016, go to Also, see the Instructions for Form 8885.