IRS 1095-B Tax Form Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2020 IRS 1095-B Tax Form Update

Starting with the 2019 tax year, the federal penalty or fine for not having health insurance, no longer applies. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is not sending out 2020 IRS 1095-B tax forms to members. However, if you wish to, you can request this form.

How to request a 2020 1095-B tax form:

​Member Services 1095-B
313 Blettner Blvd.
Madison, WI, 53714

  • Go to your local agency. Members should make sure to check on the status of their agency before going to it in person.

What information you need to give us when requesting a form:

  • Your full name
  • The member’s full name (if different from the person requesting the form)
  • The member’s ForwardHealth ID, Social Security number, or case number
  • The member’s date of birth
  • The address the 1095-B form needs to be mailed to.

If you do not provide all of this information, we may not be able to send you the 1095-B form.

 

The IRS 1095-B tax form is a federal tax form that provides information about an individual’s Wisconsin health care coverage for a specific tax year.

If you have questions about the 1095-B tax form for state of Wisconsin health care programs like Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus, please review the FAQs below.

What does a 1095-B tax form have on it?

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your Social Security number (last four digits only)
  • Your date of birth (only if the Social Security number is not available)
  • The months in the tax year that you were covered by BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, or another state of Wisconsin health care program that is considered minimum essential coverage. On the form, there is a box checked for each month you had coverage; if you had coverage for all 12 months, there is a separate box checked indicating you had coverage for the entire year.

Who gets a 1095-B tax form?

The 1095-B form is available for anyone who had at least one month of minimum essential coverage from a State of Wisconsin health care program. Some examples of Wisconsin health care programs that provide minimum essential coverage include BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid for the Elderly, Blind or Disabled. 

DHS is not sending IRS 1095-B tax forms to all members who had minimum essential coverage from a Wisconsin health care program in2020. However, if they wish to, members can request their 2020 1095-B tax form. You can request a form by following the how to request a 2020 1095-B tax form directions at the top of the page.

Some Wisconsin health care programs may not count as minimum essential coverage. The following programs are some of the more common programs that do not meet the requirements to be considered minimum essential coverage:

  • Family Planning Only Services
  • Express Enrollment (for pregnant women)
  • SeniorCare
  • Medicare Savings Programs (also known as Medicare Premium Assistance) 

DHS is required to send copies of members’ submitted 1095-B tax forms directly to the IRS.

Note: For more information on minimum essential coverage, visit healthcare.gov.

How do I get a copy of my 1095-B tax form?

1095-B tax forms are only available by request this year. You can request a form by following the how to request a 2020 1095-B tax form directions at the top of the page.

How do I get a copy of my child or tax dependent’s 1095-B tax form?

If you are currently on the same health care case as your child or tax dependent, you can request a copy of the child or tax dependent’s 1095-B tax form by following the how to request a 2020 1095-B tax form directions at the top of the page. For privacy and security reasons, you may only get a copy of another person’s 1095-B tax form or information about another person’s tax form if you are on the same health care case as that person.

If you are not on the same health care case as your child or tax dependent, you can get a copy of his or her 1095-B tax form by having someone on the child’s or tax dependent’s health care case request a copy of the child’s form by following the how to request a 2020 1095-B tax form directions at the top of the page. The person requesting the form can request that the form is sent to your mailing address.

What should I do if my 1095-B tax form is incorrect?

You should call the Wisconsin 1095-B form assistance line at 866-667-9419, or ​contact your local agency.

What should I do with a 1095-A tax form or a 1095-C tax form?

DHS does not provide 1095-A or 1095-C tax forms. To learn more about 1095-A and 1095-C tax forms or to find out how to get a tax form if you need one, visit the appropriate IRS website: 1095-A tax form; 1095-C tax form.

Is there a penalty or fee from the IRS for not having health insurance?

There is no longer a federal penalty or fine for not having health insurance, so people no longer need proof of insurance coverage when filing their taxes. Based on guidance from the IRS, DHS is not sending IRS 1095-B tax forms to members who had minimum essential coverage from a Wisconsin health care program, such as BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid, in 2020. This also applied in 2019.

For the 2018 tax year and earlier you were required to have health insurance. If you did not have health insurance during that time, you may have to pay a fee if you are filing taxes for 2018 or earlier.

Where can I get help with filing my taxes?

Please contact the IRS or another tax professional for help with filing your taxes.

You can get free tax assistance from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. They offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. To find a VITA or TCE site near you, go to the ​IRS website, or call 211.

If I need more help with my 1095-B tax form, who can I contact?

You can call the Wisconsin 1095-B form assistance line at 866-667-9419, or contact your local agency.

Last Revised: January 13, 2021