**The DSS Waterbury Field Office is closed Friday afternoon, November 27, 2020.

**The DSS New Britain Field Office is closed until Monday, November 30, 2020.

**DSS Field Offices are now open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

**Field Offices and our telephone Benefits Center are closed on Wednesdays to allow our staff time to process applications, renewals and related work. Please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices for full information about services at Field Offices, including interviews by appointment and Child Support services.

**24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or our Client Information Line at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632) . More about 24/7 access options at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

**Response time at our telephone Benefits Center, open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632), is currently longer than usual.  Thank you for your patience.

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.