ACA mandate gone, but a few states still require coverage


January 2, 2019

The mandate directing individuals to obtain health insurance or face tax penalties ends on Tuesday for most, but not all Americans.

In Massachusetts, an individual mandate that has been on the books since 2006 will continue in the absence of the federal fines that had been in effect since 2014 under the Affordable Care Act but were eliminated as part of the Republican-backed tax reform law passed in 2017.

Most residents of New Jersey and the District of Columbia must also be covered or incur fines in 2019 after lawmakers, fearing widespread disruption in health insurance markets and sharply...

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