Cost of Health Insurance Affordable Care Act

Asked June 11, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

What will it cost if I don't get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act?

Worcester County Maryland

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The Affordable Care Act has an individual mandate, so that means after January 1, 2014, all Americans will be required to purchase health insurance. If you do not have a health insurance plan, then you will be required to pay an additional tax that will tracked along with income tax filing. In 2014, that tax will be $95 per adult and half that ($47.50 per dependent child) up to $285 per family 1% of an individual's income, whichever is greater. The additional tax for those not obtaining insurance will increase in 2015 and again in 2016 to reach almost $700 per adult/ almost $350 per child/ and an upper limit of just over $2,000 or 2.5% of taxable income. See a table showing the planned increases here.

Those who may not be required to purchase insurance include:

  • Individuals who have religious objections
  • American Indians
  • Individuals who have been uninsured for 3 months or less
  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Incarcerated individuals
  • Individuals for whom the lowest-cost health plan would exceed 8% of their income
  • Individuals with income below the tax-filing threshold

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