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IRS: 7.5 Million Americans Paid Penalty For Lack Of Health Coverage
National Public Radio

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

By contrast, taxpayers filing three-quarters of the 102 million returns received by the IRS so far this year checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year. Counting another 7 million dependents who weren’t required to report their coverage but also filed returns, the proportion with qualifying insurance rises to 81 percent, the IRS said.

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