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Covered California Issues Q&A on Elimination of ACA Individual Mandate Penalty

Covered California has released the attached document answering frequently asked questions related to recent federal action eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty in 2019. The document answers some of the questions consumers may have and includes a table outlining the timeline for when the individual mandate penalty applies, as well as links to numerous resources to assist consumers.

Highlights include:

  • Consumers will see no change in their Covered California health benefits or financial assistance in 2018.
  • The individual mandate penalty will remain in place in 2018.
  • Individuals who do not buy insurance in 2018 because it would be “unaffordable” may still apply for an exemption through www.healthcare.gov/exemptions.
  • The individual mandate penalty will no longer be assessed beginning in January 2019.
  • Financial assistance will remain in place in 2019.
  • Open enrollment for Covered California runs through Jan. 31, 2018.  

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