In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act or ACA), which is felt to be the most comprehensive reform to health care in the United States since the enactment of Medicare/Medicaid in 1965.
Obamacare is still active although one of its clauses is not. At present, Obamacare or the Affordable Healthcare Act is active, although one of its main clauses “the individual mandate” has been abolished at the federal level since 2019.
As of 2019 the Obamacare Individual mandate – which requires you to have health insurance –no longer applies at the federal level. However, 5 states and the District of Columbia have an individual mandate at the state level.
United States Department of Health and Human Services declared the law unconstitutional in an action brought by 26 states, on the grounds that the individual mandate to purchase insurance exceeds the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.
Before the ACA, Medicaid covered people who were categorically eligible for benefits on the basis of income and other requirements determined at the state level. Some states voluntarily extended Medicaid to other eligibility categories, such as people who have high medical expenses and the long-term unemployed.
What is Trumpcare? Trumpcare is the nickname for the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This plan was written by Republicans in the House of Representatives as a replacement plan for the ACA. For the AHCA to become law, the United States Senate must vote on the bill and pass it with a majority vote.
Is there a penalty for not having insurance? There is no federal government penalty for being uninsured in 2021, but you still need coverage! The ACA’s federal individual mandate penalty has been $0 since the start of 2019, and that will continue to be the case in 2021.
Open Enrollment is here! The 2021 Health Insurance Marketplace® is open for business! You have until December 15 to apply for new 2021 health insurance, or renew, change, or update your 2020 health plan for 2021. Coverage starts January 1, 2021.
Without health insurance coverage, a serious accident or a health issue that results in emergency care and/or an expensive treatment plan can result in poor credit or even bankruptcy.
There is no law or rule about not having health insurance – the tax penalty for not having health insurance has also been removed at the federal level, so there’s no longer a fine for being uninsured – but you do face risks if you choose to go uninsured.
The penalty for no health insurance increases each year: In 2015, the penalty is the greater of $325 per adult and $162.50 per child, or 2% of your taxable household income minus the federal tax-filing threshold, which is the minimum income required by the IRS for someone to file an income tax return.
Based solely on recent economic growth, the ACA has subtracted $250 billion from GDP. At that pace, the cumulative loss by the end of the decade will exceed $1.2 trillion. Lost growth in work hours per person has removed the equivalent of 800,000 full-time jobs from the economy.
U.S. health insurance coverage estimate for 2019. CBO estimated ACA/ Obamacare was responsible for 22 million persons covered via exchanges and Medicaid expansion.
Sebelius, 567 U.S. 519 (2012), was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision in which the Court upheld Congress’ power to enact most provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), including a requirement