**All 12 DSS Field Offices are now available for pick-up and drop-off of applications/forms; filling out applications/forms on-site; general information; questions & answers; and picking up of EBT cards & income verifications. Lobby hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Drop-boxes are also available.  Please note:  no in-person assistance such as interviewing and eligibility determination available yet, due to pandemic safety guidelines.  Visitors, please wear masks and observe safe social distancing.  For office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices .

 **Response time at our telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT) is currently longer than usual.  Thank you for your patience.

 **24/7 access:  Customers can access benefit and application information, 24/7, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or 1-855-6-CONNECT. Full information on ways to contact DSS online, by phone, by mail, and at office dropboxes is at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices. Information and updates about child support is available at www.ct.gov/dss/childsupport. Please also visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for latest State of Connecticut updates; and www.ct.gov/dss/covid for DSS-specific updates. Thank you.

 

Special Information about Healthcare Tax Form--IRS Form 1095-B

Overview

It’s Tax Season Again…
Special Information about Healthcare Tax Form--IRS Form 1095-B

Enrollees in the HUSKY Health program will soon be receiving a tax form in the mail.  This is the ‘IRS Form 1095-B,’ required by federal law to help you prepare your federal tax return.

In January 2020, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is sending IRS Form 1095-B to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members who were enrolled for any portion of 2019.  Medicaid and CHIP are also known as HUSKY Health in Connecticut.

  • Your Form IRS Form 1095-B is being mailed by DSS by January 31, 2020.
  • IRS Form 1095-B is an official tax document which serves as proof of enrollment in ‘minimal essential health coverage (MEC).’  All HUSKY Health programs which provide full medical coverage qualify for this type of coverage.
  • Before 2019, individuals who did not have minimum essential coverage and did not qualify for an exemption from the requirement to have MEC could be liable for the individual shared responsibility payment (also known as a “penalty” or “fine”). 
  • Beginning in 2019, individuals are no longer be responsible for the individual shared responsibility payment because the payment amount is reduced to $0.   

Please follow this link for FAQ about IRS Form 1095-B.