Anthem Request for Information Alert for SHIP members

September 19, 2017

Anthem Request for Information Alert for SHIP members

In early August, SHIP members may receive a request in the mail for additional information (e.g. social security or tax ID number) from Anthem, your SHIP insurance provider. This is a legitimate request.

Why do they need this information?

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all citizens must have health insurance to avoid a penalty from the IRS. To comply with this mandate, Anthem sends the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) information to make sure you get credit for having health insurance when you file your tax return. Anthem needs your social security number or tax ID number to identify you to the IRS.

What if I don’t receive it or I don’t complete it?

If you prefer not to complete this form or do not receive it, you may contact the Student Insurance Office on the third floor of Tang, 2222 Bancroft Way to discuss your options. 

For more information on Minimal Essential Coverage as defined by the Internal Revenue Service:

Please visit the information page regarding the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision: