What do I need to do to avoid paying a penalty on my taxes?

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As long as you’re enrolled in an HISD health plan, you’re not subject to the federal penalty on your income tax return. For tax purposes, the IRS now requires you to verify and report your medical plan eligibility, coverage selection and covered dependents’ tax ID numbers. You should receive 2017 form 1095-C with this information in early 2018. To avoid penalties, you must include your dependents' tax ID numbers, also called social security numbers, when you enroll them for coverage. And please verify the tax ID numbers for each of your dependents already enrolled in the medical plan.