Not adding your family to Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) can affect their access to health care, submitted claim forms and now, your income tax reporting. This tax season, the Department of Defense (DoD) will report health care coverage of its servicemember and their dependents to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This report allows the IRS to determine which families had minimum essential coverage as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Those who have not met the MEC requirement will be required to pay a fee. For tax purposes, individuals and family members are identified by their Social Security Numbers (SSN), which must be correct in DEERS. Get your IRS Form electronically through myPay at mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx.
For more on DEERS, visit the Military.com DEERS site.