Requirement to Have Basic Healthcare Coverage

Last updated: March 30, 2016

A.K.A. "The Individual Mandate"

Under the Affordable Cate Act (ACA), starting January 1, 2014, consumers and their dependent children were required to have “minimum essential coverage” or pay a penalty unless they fit within an exemption. This requirement is commonly known as the “individual mandate.”

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Does the Individual Mandate Mean I Must Buy Coverage Through the Health Insurance Marketplace?

What Happens if I Don't Satisfy the Individual Mandate?

Exemptions to the Individual Mandate

What if I Already Have Health Insurance Coverage?