2015 taxes & the Health Insurance Marketplace®

No health coverage for 2015

This page applies if you had no health coverage for all or most of 2015.
If you weren’t enrolled in
qualifying health coverage
for all or part of 2015, you must either claim a health coverage exemption or pay a fee with your federal income tax return.
FYI: If you didn’t have health coverage for only 1 or 2 consecutive months of the year, you may not have to pay the fee. You’ll report this exemption on your tax return. Learn more about this exemption.

Find out you qualify for an exemption

  • Exemptions are available based on a number of situations, including certain hardships, some life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in some groups.

Pay the fee if you don’t qualify for an exemption

This applies for plan years 2018 and earlier. The fee for not having health insurance no longer applies. 
  • If you chose not to buy health insurance in 2015 and don’t qualify for a health coverage exemption, you may have to pay a penalty with your federal tax return.
  • The penalty is based on your income and how many months you didn’t have coverage. Generally, the higher your income and the more months you didn’t have health insurance, the higher the fee.

Health care tax resources

Calculate your penalty

More than one coverage status?

If you weren't enrolled in any health coverage for only part of 2015, or other family members had different coverage, visit the relevant pages below.
Learn what to do for: