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Clarification of the Individual Mandate Under the Affordable Care Act

The ElderCounselor

This is to clarify the individual mandate requirements under the Affordable Care Act as outlined in the September 2013 ElderCounselorTM Newsletter.

First of all, there is no individual mandate to carry health care insurance for this year, 2013. The mandate takes effect beginning in 2014 and the penalty for not carrying healthcare insurance will be $95 per adult ($47.50 per child) or 1% of the family income, whichever is greater. The penalty rises each year. In 2016 the penalty will reach $695 per adult ($347.50 per child) or 2.5% of the family income, whichever is greater.

This is a more precise statement as to the individual mandate that will come into effect next year. We apologize for any confusion created by not specifically outlining the details of the mandate.