Individuals who believe they may be eligible for an exemption should apply for the exemption from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Healthcare.gov. These exemptions are not issued by Connect for Health Colorado. For more information on how to apply, visit the federal website on exemptions or call 1-800-318-2596. Eligible individuals will receive an Exemption Certificate Number from the federal government. Be sure to save this number for when you file your taxes. Individuals applying for an exemption based on coverage being unaffordable, membership in a health care sharing ministry, membership in a federally-recognized tribe or being incarcerated can claim these exemptions when they file their taxes and do not need to apply for an exemption beforehand.
Note: If you get an exemption because coverage is unaffordable based on your expected income, you may also qualify to purchase a Catastrophic plan through Connect for Health Colorado. This may be more affordable than your other options. However, the Premium Tax Credit cannot be applied to Catastrophic plans.