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Instructions for Form 1040-EZ

Line 11, Health Care: Individual Responsibility(p19)

You must either:
If you had qualifying health care coverage (called minimum essential coverage) for every month of 2015 for yourself, your spouse (if filing jointly), and anyone you can or do claim as a dependent, check the box on this line and leave the entry space blank.
Otherwise, do not check the box on this line. If you, your spouse (if filing jointly) or someone you can or do claim as a dependent didn’t have coverage for each month of 2015 you must either claim a coverage exemption on Form 8965 or report a shared responsibility payment on line 11. See the instructions for Form 8965 for information on coverage exemptions and figuring the shared responsibility payment.
You can check the box even if:
If you can be claimed as a dependent, do not check the box on this line. Leave the entry space blank. You do not need to attach Form 8965 or see its instructions.
If you or someone in your household had minimum essential coverage in 2015, the provider of that coverage is required to send you a Form 1095‐A, 1095‐B, or 1095‐C (with Part III completed) that lists individuals in your family who were enrolled in the coverage and shows their months of coverage.
Even if you haven't received one of these forms, you may have had health care coverage and can rely on other information you have about your coverage to complete line 11.
Your health care coverage provider may have asked for your social security number. To understand why, go to
Minimum essential coverage.(p20)
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)
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)
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 the instructions for Form 8962.