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IRS Could Help Find Many Uninsured People, But Doesn’t
Kaiser Health News

Nearly a third of people without health insurance, about 10 million, live in families that received a federal earned income tax credit (EITC)in 2014, according to a new study.

But the Internal Revenue Service doesn’t tell those tax filers that their low and moderate incomes likely mean their households qualify for Medicaid or subsidies to buy coverage on the insurance exchanges.

That’s a lost opportunity to identify people who are eligible but not receiving government assistance to gain health coverage, the researchers say.