The ACA Health Insurance Mandate for Individual Taxpayers

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Beginning January 1, 2014, as a result of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), most individuals are required to have health insurance coverage.

The ACA requires that an applicable individual and any dependent must maintain a “minimum essential coverage” (MEC) for each month during 2014. Most individuals who now have coverage through an employer-sponsored plan (including COBRA coverage) or a government-sponsored program (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Children’s Health Insurance Program, etc.) will meet the MEC requirements. However, those individuals without MEC can purchase it in the Marketplace (formerly referred to as the “Exchange”).

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