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Household

Generally, your household includes the people you put on your tax form: you, your spouse, and any children or relatives you financially support.

When filling out your application, do include:

  • Yourself;
  • Your spouse;
  • Your children who live with you, even if they make enough money to file a tax return themselves;
  • Your unmarried partner who needs health coverage;
  • Anyone you include on your tax return as a dependent, even if they don’t live with you ; and
  • Anyone else under 21 who you take care of and lives with you.

When filling out your application, don't include:

  • Your unmarried partner who doesn’t need health coverage and is not your dependent;
  • Your parents who live with you, but file their own tax return and are not your dependents;
  • Other relatives who file their own tax return and are not your dependents; or
  • Roommates and other unrelated people who are not your dependents.

To learn about who qualifies as a dependent, refer to IRS Publication 501.