Marketplace Appeal

31 Jul Marketplace Appeal

You may receive notices from the Marketplace indicating that your business may be subject to the shared responsibility payment because an employee requested and received a subsidy.

You can appeal this notice, however, the window is very short- 90 days.  So it is important to act quickly.

  • Employers may appeal the notice if the employee waived affordable minimum value coverage or enrolled in employer-sponsored minimum essential coverage for 2016.


  • The appeal may determine that an employee received subsidies through the Marketplace at the same time the employer offered him or her affordable health coverage.


  • If the employer is successful, the Marketplace will send a notice encouraging the employee to update the Marketplace application to show that he or she was offered or was enrolled in other qualifying coverage. The notice will also explain that the failure to update the application may result in tax liability.


  • Important: This appeal will not determine if an employer has to pay the shared responsibility payment.  Only the Internal Revenue Service, not the Health Insurance Marketplace or the Marketplace Appeals Center, can determine which employers will have to make the required payment. The employer notice, however, appears to be the first step in that process.


  • Only Employers with more than 51FTE employers are subject to the shared responsibility payment.


  • Learn more about the employer shared responsibility payment on gov.


How to Appeal
The notice outlines the actions and timetable an employer has to respond if they wish to appeal. There is only 90 days from the date of the notice the employer receives from the Marketplace to request an appeal. And, there is only one opportunity to appeal.

  • The notice will identify the specific employee and include a statement that the employee is enrolled in Marketplace coverage with a subsidy.


  • The notice will not contain the employee’s personal health information or federal tax information.


  • As part of the appeal, the employer can explain why the employee should not have been eligible for subsidies through the Marketplace.


Employers should follow instructions for how to respond or appeal that accompany the notice.  Or employers may access the appeal request form or obtain additional information here.

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