Just who's exempt from the individual mandate, and how will the IRS enforce it?

Published on February 26, 2014 at 8:16 AM · No Comments

CQ HealthBeat examines who's exempt and how IRS enforcement of the mandate will shake out.

CQ HealthBeat: IRS Enforcement Of 'Individual Mandate' May Be Light
One of the most debated parts of the health care law is the requirement that most Americans buy insurance starting this year. … But it's not clear that the IRS will deploy much in the way of resources to aggressively search for individuals who don't get coverage this first year (Adams, 2/24).

CQ HealthBeat: Many Categories Exempt From Individual Mandate
The Obama administration and Congress exempted many Americans from the health insurance law's individual mandate. Those people who are either not required to have coverage or are automatically considered to have met the requirement include: Members of a religious sect that is recognized as conscientiously opposed to accepting any insurance benefits (Adams, 2/24).

Elsewhere, the enrollment push continues in California and some doctors' offices are finding long wait times -- on the phone with insurance companies --

Los Angeles Times: L.A. Community Colleges Urge Students To Sign Up For Obamacare
Danielle Alberts fell and broke her right ankle in three places in 2012. Alberts, who earns about $9,000 a year, went to the hospital and was charged nearly $4,000 for a shot and some pain medication. Alberts did not have health insurance. She refused a cast because it would have cost $500 more and she didn't have the money from her jobs as a security guard and caregiver. The ankle healed poorly, leaving her with a limp, and she wears a brace to keep the swelling down (Song, 2/24).

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