Affordable Care Act

Have you heard about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)?  If you are a U.S. citizen living in Greece, here is what you need to know:

From 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision of ACA requires U.S. citizens to have minimum essential coverage (MEC), qualify for an exemption, or make a payment when filing their federal income tax return.  U.S. citizens living abroad are generally subject to the individual shared responsibility provision.  However, U.S. citizens or residents living abroad for at least 330 days within a 12 month period and/or who qualify as a bona fide resident of a foreign country for an entire taxable year are treated as having MEC, and therefore will not owe a shared responsibility payment for any of those 12 months.

For more details, including important information about tax and social security, visit the Department of State’s website Federal Benefits and Obligations Abroad