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Q&A on Affordable Care Act requirements

Why the UFT Welfare Fund is sending covered members IRS Form 1095B

To fulfill obligations connected to the Affordable Care Act, the UFT Welfare Fund is required to send IRS Form to all members covered by the Fund. This form will be sent to each covered member in February or March. The following Q&A will answer many of your questions.

Why did I receive this form?

The federal Affordable Care Act requires health care plans, including the UFT Welfare Fund, to mail this form to each member covered during the prior year. 

The 1095B form will be mailed in February or March 2016. 

What do I need to do with this form?

This form certifies that you were provided health coverage from the UFT Welfare Fund during the 2015 calendar year. Please review the accuracy of the information on the form. Your form may be needed to help you complete your 2015 tax return. Further information can be obtained on the IRS website at www.irs.gov/aca or you can consult with your tax professional. 

Is this information also sent to the IRS? 

Yes. 

What if I already filed my taxes? Do I need to wait for this form to file my taxes?

You are allowed to file your taxes before receiving this form. 

Will I be receiving this form again next year?

Yes, this form will be provided annually.

Will I be receiving any other forms (including 1095B & 1095C IRS forms)?

Yes, your health plan will also provide these forms to you.

Why is the address on my form not correct?

The UFT Welfare Fund uses information including the address and dependents that we have on file. You can update your information online at www.uftwf.org or complete a UFT Welfare Fund Change of Status Form. This form is available from your chapter leader, the UFT Welfare Fund office or from the forms hotline at 1-212-539-0539. 

The information regarding my dependents (spouse, domestic partner or child) is incorrect. What can I do to update the information?

The UFT Welfare Fund uses information including the address and dependents that we have on file. You can update your information online at www.uftwf.org or complete a UFT Welfare Fund Change of Status Form. This form is available from your chapter leader, the UFT Welfare Fund office or from the forms hotline at 1-212-539-0539. A copy of the divorce, legal separation, termination of domestic partnership, birth or death certificate documentation must be sent to the Fund. Upon receipt of the Change of Status information, the UFT Welfare Fund will update your record.

Why does my dependent’s (spouse or child) date of birth appear on the form instead of his or her Social Security number?

The UFT Welfare Fund does not have on record the Social Security number for this dependent. In December 2015, we sent you correspondence requesting the missing Social Security number. You can update your information online at www.uftwf.org or complete a UFT Welfare Fund Change of Status (COS) Form. This form is available from your chapter leader, the UFT Welfare Fund office or from the forms hotline at 1-212-539-0539. Upon receipt of this form, the UFT Welfare Fund will update your dependent record with his or her Social Security number.

Why are only some of the “Months of Coverage” boxes checked?

The boxes checked indicate the months of coverage provided by the UFT Welfare Fund. If coverage was provided for the entire year of 2015, only the box labeled “Covered all 12 months” will be checked. Events that affect coverage during 2015 include birth, marriage, divorce, death, date of hire, terminations and uncovered leaves of absence.

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