Immigrants who are eligible to buy insurance through Vermont Health Connect, but do not have insurance, may owe a tax penalty. (Find information about who is eligible.)
Undocumented immigrants and immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) do not have to pay the penalty, even if you have a Social Security number. (Find information about other exemptions for immigrants.)
Reminders for Immigrant Families
- If you or a family member didn’t have health insurance in 2015, you or they may have been eligible for an exemption from the tax penalty when you filed taxes this season.
- If you or family members don’t have health insurance for 2016, and you are a U.S. citizen or a lawfully present immigrant, you can apply for Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur to see if you are eligible. The cut off for getting health coverage through Vermont Health Connect was January 31. If you have a qualifying life event, you can apply for Vermont Health Connect coverage within 60 days.
- Undocumented and DACAmented immigrants cannot get health insurance through Vermont Health Connect. You are not required to have health insurance. You do not owe a tax penalty for not having health insurance.