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Definitions for common health insurance terms

individual mandate

DEFINITION: The Affordable Care Act requires nearly everyone to have health insurance that meets minimum standards. With some exceptions, people who do not maintain ACA-compliant health insurance coverage pay a penalty.

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What are the ACA’s enrollment periods…

September 14, 2017 – Q: What are the Affordable Care Act enrollment periods and when can I enroll outside of the open enrollment period? Open enrollment for… Read more

Obamacare penalty calculator

Will you owe a penalty under…

August 28, 2017 – If you decide not to purchase coverage and remain uninsured, you can use the calculator on this page to determine the size of the penalty… Read more

Can the government enforce Obamacare penalties?

Is it true that government can’t…

April 3, 2017 – 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

If the IRS doesn’t owe me a refund,…

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

Q: I heard that the IRS isn't going to enforce the Affordable Care Act's penalty for 2016 tax returns. Is that true? A: No. Everything about the Affordable Care Act's penalty enforcement is the same as it was for 2014 and 2015 – although the penalty amount is significantly higher for people who were uninsured in 2016.

Does the president’s executive order…

March 1, 2017 – Q: I heard that the IRS isn't going to enforce the Affordable Care Act's penalty for 2016 tax returns. Is that… Read more