‘Obamacare’ mandate gone, but a few states still require coverage
The mandate directing individuals to obtain health insurance or face tax penalties is ending 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.
Most residents of New Jersey and the District of Columbia must also be covered or incur fines in 2019.
An individual mandate takes effect in Vermont in 2020 and several other Democratic-leaning states are weighing similar moves.
The requirement was among the more unpopular aspects of the law known as “Obamacare.” But supporters of the requirement said it was essential to spread the risk pool among both sick and healthy people.