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Is it true that government can’t really enforce the penalty for not having health insurance?

February 16, 2018 – Q. I've heard that the government won't really be able to enforce the penalty for not having health insurance. Is this true? A: Although… Read more

Regardless of where you get your health insurance, you (and the IRS) will get a tax form from your employer, insurance company, or exchange each year showing that you had coverage during the previous year.

Who is keeping track of whether I buy health insurance through the exchanges?

January 31, 2018 – Regardless of where you get your health insurance, you (and the IRS) will get a tax form from your employer, insurance company, or exchange… Read more

Is the Obamacare individual mandate just based on the honor system?

Is the Obamacare individual mandate just based on the honor system?

January 30, 2018 – Q. Is the Obamacare individual mandate just based on the honor system? A: In some ways, yes – particularly for 2014. But although the… Read more

Is it true that Obamacare’s preventive care mandates only help women?

Is it true that Obamacare’s preventive care mandates only help women?

January 29, 2018 – Q. I've heard that Obamacare's preventive care mandates only help women. I'm a man, and I feel like I'm getting the short end of the stick.… Read more

I know the individual mandate permits a short gap in coverage of less than three months per year. What if I’m uninsured for the last two months of 2017 and first two months of 2018?

How long can I be uninsured before I have to pay the individual mandate penalty?

January 28, 2018 – Q. I know that the individual mandate allows for a gap in coverage as long as it's less than three months in a year. But what if I have… Read more

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With the GOP tax bill and the president’s 2017 executive order, will the IRS still enforce the individual mandate penalty?

January 22, 2018 – Q: Will the IRS enforce the Affordable Care Act's penalty for 2017 tax returns, given President Trump's 2017 executive order and the GOP… Read more

What happens if I don’t buy ACA-compliant health insurance?

January 18, 2018 – The health reform law includes an individual mandate, requiring every American to have health coverage, with just a few exceptions. It… Read more

Will the IRS apply my payment to my penalty or to my income tax?

If I owe income tax and the ACA penalty but don’t plan to pay the ACA penalty, will the IRS apply my payment to my penalty or to my income tax?

January 12, 2018 – Q. If I owe income tax and the ACA penalty but don’t plan to pay the ACA penalty, will the IRS apply my payment to my penalty or to my… Read more

What happens if I buy insurance but it doesn’t meet ACA’s minimum essential benefits standards?

What happens if I buy insurance but it doesn’t meet ACA’s minimum essential benefits standards?

January 5, 2018 – Q. What happens if I buy insurance but it doesn't meet the ACA's minimum essential coverage standards? A. With the exception of… Read more

I work at a large corporation that offers health insurance, but it’s expensive and I don’t feel I need it. Under Obamacare, can my company force me to sign up?

September 20, 2017 – Q. I  work for a large corporation that offers health insurance.  It's pretty expensive though, and I don't feel I need it. I'm young,… Read more

Frequently-asked questions on health insurance

If the IRS doesn’t owe me a refund, how does it enforce the individual mandate penalty?

April 3, 2017 – Q. If the IRS doesn't owe me a refund, how will it enforce the penalty? Will IRS agents be coming to our homes to collect it? I have read… Read more