Dear Enrollees of UC SHIP:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a requirement for most individuals to either have health insurance that provides “Minimum Essential Coverage” (MEC) for themselves and their dependents or potentially make an individual responsibility payment with their federal income tax return. This letter conveys that UC SHIP has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as MEC. This means that your coverage under UC SHIP for 2015 (and subsequent years) is recognized as satisfying the individual insurance coverage requirement in the ACA. You will receive a 1095B form from the University of California. This form provides information to report on with your 2015 federal taxes to confirm you, your covered spouse (if you file a joint return) and any other covered dependents had MEC in 2015.
This recognition as MEC and any adjustments made to provisions of the Plan Document of UC SHIP during the application process are retroactive to August 1, 2015. UC SHIP members are entitled to coverage for benefits provided on or after August 1, 2015 that were not covered, but now are, and such claims will be processed or reprocessed. Please see the attached list of UC SHIP Plan Document revisions. Please be assured that the University of California is dedicated to continued compliance with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and the maintenance of this high level of coverage under UC SHIP. Below is the web link to the UC SHIP plan document and Summary of Benefits and Coverage.
Please contact UC SHIP Customer Service by telephone at 1-866-940-8306, if you have any questions about this information.
Stephen Beckley Executive Director, UC SHIP