Health Insurance Mandate

Welcome to the Health Insurance Mandate Information Page.

Rhode Island's health insurance mandate took effect January 1, 2020.

The mandate is a requirement that all Rhode Islanders (except those who are specifically exempt under the law) have "qualifying health coverage" beginning January 1, 2020.

Sources of "qualifying health coverage" include coverage through an employer; coverage purchased directly from a health insurance carrier; Medicare; Medicaid; or a health plan purchased through HealthSource RI, the state’s health exchange.

Failure to have coverage in 2020 may result in a Rhode Island personal income tax penalty during tax-filing season in early 2021. For more information, please see the table below.

Health Insurance Mandate Forms to attach to RI-1040 or RI-1040NR, if applicable

Form IND-HEALTH - Individual Health Insurance Mandate Form

Shared Responsiblity Worksheet - Penalty Calculation

Instructions for Form IND-HEALTH and Worksheet



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Division extends deadline for certain reporting on insurance mandate - 11/23/2021

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Tips for Tax season: Health Insurance Mandate - 02/18/2021

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Taxpayer Portal Link for Health Insurance Mandate Reporting - 01/26/2021

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Health Insurance Mandate: Regulation Public Hearing - Summary of Comments and Responses - 12/31/2020

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Health Insurance Mandate: Reporting Requirements - Flat File Information - 12/07/2020

Flat File Instructions

Flat File CSV Template

Flat File XLS Template



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Health Insurance Mandate: Reporting Requirements - FAQs - Dated 11/05/2020

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For details about the mandate, see these FAQs:

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See HealthSource RI for details on how to get health insurance:

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A message for taxpayers:

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A message for tax preparers:

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HealthSource RI regulation posted as final and effective 12/22/19:

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