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Path to Pennie™
When you file your Pennsylvania tax return, you may complete a form called REV-1882, electing to receive information about enrolling in health and dental coverage available through Pennie, as well as financial assistance to help lower the costs.
About the Path to Pennie
The Path to Pennie program was created to easily connect uninsured tax filers with medical & dental insurance offered through Pennie, as well as financial assistance to reduce premiums on high-quality plans.
Frequently asked questions
What is the Path to Pennie program?
Path to Pennie is a program created to connect uninsured Pennsylvanians with health coverage offered through Pennie, Pennsylvania’s health insurance marketplace. As uninsured tax filers complete their Pennsylvania state income tax return, they will have a chance to indicate whether they would like to receive more information about enrolling in health coverage available through Pennie. Interested tax filers will complete Tax Form REV-1882, ‘Health Insurance Coverage Information Request.’
What is Pennie?
Pennie is the official online marketplace made possible by the State of Pennsylvania and the top private insurance companies to provide affordable, high quality health insurance plans to Pennsylvanians. Pennie really is the perfect mix of public and private entities collaborating to create a safe, trusted insurance marketplace.
With Pennie’s “no wrong-door” policy, Pennsylvanians will be automatically connected, if they qualify, to coverage through Medical Assistance (MA, also called Medicaid) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Who should fill out the REV-1882 form when doing their taxes?
All medically uninsured Pennsylvanians who are interested in learning more about their health coverage options should fill out Form REV-1882. The tax filer should fill out the form for themselves, their spouse, and/or any dependents who do not have health insurance coverage. Filling out the form is not the same as applying for health coverage: It will only be used for Pennie to send the tax filer a postal mail Notice with information on the steps one can take to apply for, shop, and enroll in health insurance coverage.
What happens when a tax filer “checks the box”?
A free online Pennie account will be created on behalf of the tax filer. They will also then receive a postal mail Notice from Pennie. The Notice will let the receiver know if they appear eligible to enroll in Pennie and will include a unique access code for them to claim their Pennie online account. The tax filer will also see the estimated dollar amount of financial assistance they appear eligible to receive from Pennie thanks to the information shared by the Department of Revenue. There will be a section in the Notice with information on how to enroll in coverage through pennie.com or by phone.
Will Pennie share a tax filer’s information with third parties?
No. Pennie will not share the tax filer’s information with non-Pennie-affiliated third parties. Pennie will only share the tax filer’s information with the PA Department of Human Services if they appear eligible for coverage through Medical Assistance or CHIP upon submission of their Pennie application.
I am a tax professional, how does Path to Pennie work for me?
The Path to Pennie program was created to easily connect uninsured tax filers with health insurance offered through Pennie.
When someone files their Pennsylvania tax return, they may complete a form called REV-1882, electing to receive information about enrolling in health and dental coverage available through Pennie and financial assistance to help lower the costs.
Click here to watch a Path to Pennie webinar and learn how tax professionals can help clients through the Path to Pennie program.
Click here to visit the Path to Pennie webpage.
How long do tax filers have to apply for coverage through Pennie?
Tax filers have sixty (60) days from the printed date on the notice they receive from Pennie to enroll in coverage.
A tax filer has health insurance coverage through their employer but wants to enroll in Pennie. Can they do so?
Pennie is not an alternative to employer-sponsored health insurance coverage while an individual is employed and has that coverage. If a tax filer has an offer of affordable health insurance coverage that meets minimum value standards through their employer, they are not eligible to enroll in a Pennie plan with financial assistance. However, if a tax filer loses their employer-sponsored health coverage, they would then be eligible to enroll in coverage through Pennie by selecting the ‘Loss of Minimum Essential Coverage’ qualifying life event on their Pennie application.
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