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2013 Form MA 1099-HC Information

This information is for Tufts Health Plan members who file Massachusetts state taxes for the 2013 Tax Year.

Plan subscribers can log in to mytuftshealthplan.com to print MA 1099-HC forms for themselves and their covered dependents.

What is Form MA 1099-HC?
The Form MA 1099-HC serves as proof of health insurance coverage for Massachusetts residents age 18 and over. This proof is required for Commonwealth of Massachusetts state income tax filing. You will need this information to complete Schedule HC of your 2013 Massachusetts state tax return. The information provided on Form MA 1099-HC is being reported directly to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

I live and work outside of Massachusetts. Do I need this form?
No, you only need this form if you are filing a Massachusetts state income tax form. Otherwise, you can disregard this information.

What does Form MA 1099-HC indicate?
The form will indicate that in 2013, you had either:

  1. one full year of continuous health insurance coverage with a plan that meets the Massachusetts Minimum Creditable Coverage requirements, or
  2. a partial year's health insurance coverage with a plan that meets the Massachusetts Minimum Creditable Coverage requirements. If you had partial year's coverage, the form will indicate which months you had coverage with Tufts Health Plan. You must have been covered under Tufts Health Plan for at least 15 days in any given month in order to be considered to have had coverage under the plan for that month. If you only had coverage for 14 days in any given month, your form will not show coverage with Tufts Health Plan for that month.

When will I receive Form MA 1099-HC?
We will mail Form MA 1099-HC on or before January 31, 2013 to the home address of members who reside in Massachusetts, or work for a Massachusetts based employer, and were covered by the health plan at any time during 2013. For members who don't live in Massachusetts and work for a Rhode Island based employer, plan subscribers can log in to mytuftshealthplan.com to print MA 1099-HC forms for themselves and their covered dependents. Registering for online access to your account is fast, easy and secure - just have your member ID number handy and go to mytuftshealthplan.com and click the "Get Started" link.

Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred, Tufts Medicare Complement, and Medicare Complement Plan members will not receive Form MA 1099-HC, as it is not required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Can I receive more than one copy of Form MA 1099-HC if I had coverage from more than one insurance company in tax year 2013?
Yes, it is possible for you to receive more than one copy of Form MA 1099-HC for tax year 2013 if you changed insurance companies during the year, or if you had coverage under more than one plan. You will need all of your forms in order to prepare MA Schedule HC for your Massachusetts state tax return.

If I receive my health care coverage through an employer, will my employer send me Form MA 1099-HC?
No, your health insurer, not your employer, will provide you with Form MA 1099-HC.

I have not received Form MA 1099-HC. What should I do?
If it is after January 31, 2013 and you have not received Form MA 1099-HC, but believe you should have, plan subscribers can log in to mytuftshealthplan.com external link to print Form MA 1099-HC for themselves and their covered dependents. If you are the plan subscriber and the form is not available in your online account, please contact Member Services at 1-800-408-1956.

What if the information on the form is incorrect?
If the error is the date of birth for you or a dependent or your effective date of the plan, or if a covered dependent is not listed on the form, please contact Member Services at 800-408-1956. If there are any other errors, please contact your employer for more information.

If members of my family who are covered under my plan file their own taxes, will they receive Form MA 1099-HC from Tufts Health Plan?
No, you as the plan subscriber will receive only one copy of Form MA 1099-HC for yourself and for any dependents covered under your Tufts Health Plan coverage during 2013. You may make copies for any dependents requiring proof of coverage, or you can log in to mytuftshealthplan.com external link to print additional MA 1099-HC forms. Registering for online access to your account is fast, easy and secure—just have your member ID number handy, go to mytuftshealthplan.com, and click on the "Get Started" link.

Please note: When filing state income taxes, dependents should use their individual member number, including the suffix. Dependents can find their member number either on their Tufts Health Plan member ID card or on their individual coverage record as it appears on Form MA 1099-HC.

Should I attach Form MA 1099-HC to my Massachusetts state income tax return?
If you are filing a paper tax return with the MA Department of Revenue, you can attach your Form MA 1099-HC. If you are filing electronically, you do not need to submit the form, but you should retain a copy with your tax records.

Where can I obtain more information about Form MA 1099-HC?
For more information about the Massachusetts health care reform law and/or associated tax requirements, go to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue website external link or speak with your tax advisor.

I lost my copy of Form MA 1099-HC. How do I get a replacement?
Plan subscribers can log in to mytuftshealthplan.com external link to print MA 1099-HC forms for themselves and their covered dependents. Registering for online access to your account is fast, easy and secure—just have your member ID number handy, go to mytuftshealthplan.com, and click the "Get Started" link.