June 24, 2017
REMINDER: Collecting Social Security numbers for ACA requirements
As part of the Affordable Care Act, BCBSRI provides 1095-B Health Coverage forms to our subscribers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in January each year. The 1095-B requires that a Social Security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) be reported for all enrollees listed on the form. By providing the 1095-B form, BCBSRI allows the IRS to verify insurance coverage and ensures members avoid tax penalties for failing to have coverage.
In order to improve the collection of SSN and ITIN information, BCBSRI continues to recommend that employers require the collection of this information for dependents as part of the enrollment process.
Additionally, throughout the year, BCBSRI identifies missing SSN or ITIN information and mails a form to subscribers to request the information for their dependents. Subscribers can fill out the paper form and return it in the envelope provided, update the information on our website, or contact our customer service team.
Below are two links to information you might find helpful if you receive questions from your customers:
Contact your BCBSRI sales representative if you have any questions.