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Health Law’s ‘Uninsurance’ Fine Capped At $2,448 For Individuals

The cap for a family of five is set at $12,240 -- an amount equal to the national average annual premium cost of a bronze level plan.  

The Hill: Uninsured Face Fine of Nearly $2,500
The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday individuals who fail to get health insurance this year will be fined a maximum of $2,448 and families with five or more members can be fined up to $12,240. Under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, people are either required to obtain health insurance or risk a tax penalty from the IRS (Al-Faruque, 7/24).

The Associated Press: Federal Officials Cap Fines for Not Buying Health Insurance
Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The amount is equal to the national average annual premium for a bronze level health plan. But only those with an income above about a quarter of a million dollars would benefit from the cap. Those making less would still have to pay as much as 1 percent of their annual income (7/24).

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