minimum essential coverage
(2) Coverage month For purposes of this subsection— (A) In general The term “coverage month” means, with respect to an applicable taxpayer, any month if— (i) as of the first day of such month the taxpayer, the taxpayer’s spouse, or any dependent of the taxpayer is covered by a qualified health plan described in subsection (b)(2)(A) that was enrolled in through an Exchange established by the State under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and (ii) the premium for coverage under such plan for such month is paid by the taxpayer (or through advance payment of the credit under subsection (a) under section 1412 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). (B) Exception for minimum essential coverage (i) In general The term “coverage month” shall not include any month with respect to an individual if for such month the individual is eligible for minimum essential coverage other than eligibility for coverage described in section 5000A(f)(1)(C) (relating to coverage in the individual market). (ii) Minimum essential coverage The term “minimum essential coverage” has the meaning given such term by section 5000A(f). (C) Special rule for employer-sponsored minimum essential coverage For purposes of subparagraph (B)— (i) Coverage must be affordable Except as provided in clause (iii), an employee shall not be treated as eligible for minimum essential coverage if such coverage— (I) consists of an eligible employer-sponsored plan (as defined in section 5000A(f)(2) ), and (II) the employee’s required contribution (within the meaning of section 5000A(e)(1)(B)) with respect to the plan exceeds 9.5 percent of the applicable taxpayer’s household income. This clause shall also apply to an individual who is eligible to enroll in the plan by reason of a relationship the individual bears to the employee. (ii) Coverage must provide minimum value Except as provided in clause (iii), an employee shall not be treated as eligible for minimum essential coverage if such coverage consists of an eligible employer-sponsored plan (as defined in section 5000A(f)(2)) and the plan’s share of the total allowed costs of benefits provided under the plan is less than 60 percent of such costs. (iii) Employee or family must not be covered under employer plan Clauses (i) and (ii) shall not apply if the employee (or any individual described in the last sentence of clause (i)) is covered under the eligible employer-sponsored plan or the grandfathered health plan. (iv) Indexing In the case of plan years beginning in any calendar year after 2014, the Secretary shall adjust the 9.5 percent under clause (i)(II) in the same manner as the percentages are adjusted under subsection (b)(3)(A)(ii).