Employer Coverage Reporting

Signed into law in June 2019, the California Individual Health Coverage Mandate established a state individual mandate effective beginning 2020. The law requires California residents to maintain minimum essential coverage (MEC) or pay a penalty. In conjunction with this mandate, there is a reporting requirement for employers that provide self-insured MEC to residents.

Reporting for the 2021 coverage year is due March 31, 2022, to the California Franchise Tax Board. The state will accept copies of federal Forms 1095-B and 1095-C. Self-insured employers must report coverage for any California resident who had coverage for any portion of the calendar year 2021. Note that employers are only subject to these requirements if their carrier does not complete this reporting. Failure to report can result in a $50 per covered person penalty.

Similar to federal filing, electronic returns are required if filing 250 or more forms.

Franchise Tax Board, Reporting Instructions »