Can I claim my parents as dependents on my health insurance?

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Can I claim my parents as dependents on my health insurance?

I live in the state of IL and would like to know what motion to file in court in order to claim parents as dependents on health insurance. Is there such a thing? Is this doable? If so, what are the requirements? My dad is in his 60s and is a couple of years away from applying for SS. My mother is in her mid 50s and has chronic arthritis. Any advice you can give is greatly appreciated.

Asked on September 12, 2011 under Insurance Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If I am understanding your question correctly, the answer to your question is no, you can not claim your parents as dependents on your health insurance coverage.  The laws are not that liberal. What you may be able to do though, and you could have to speak with an accountant on the matter here, is to claim them as dependents on your tax returns if in fact you meet the qualifications.  Then it ma be possible if you pay for their health insurance coverage to claim it as a deduction if in fact you meet the monetary requirement under the tax law.  Please speak with someone in you area on the matter.  Good luck.


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