Update on Eligibility for Exemptions from the Personal Responsibility Tax Penalty and Designating Certain Health Benefits Covera

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On July 1, 2013, HHS issued final implementing regulations that specify which individuals may be eligible for exemptions from the Shared Responsibility penalty payment, a special tax established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that applies to non-exempt individuals who have access to affordable insurance but fail to purchase it. The final rule also explains the role of Exchanges in granting “certificates of exemption” from the penalty payments, and identifies the range of health benefits that the government will consider as satisfying the Act’s “minimum essential coverage” rule. The final rule shows some, but not a lot, of changes from its original proposed form. This update summarizes the highlights of the final rule.

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Date: Aug 2013
Author: HealthReform GPS