Another Obamacare reprieve? Modern Healthcare points out that a “special enrollment period will begin March 15 and end April 30 to help consumers avoid tax penalties for not obtaining health insurance coverage this year.”
To qualify for the exemption, people will need to self-attest that they had to pay a penalty for not having coverage in 2014, they cannot be currently enrolled in a plan on HealthCare.gov, and claim that they only found out they were going to have to pay a tax penalty when they filed their income tax forms. CMS had no estimates on how many people fall into this group.
Up to 6 million Americans are expected to pay a penalty for not having coverage in 2014, according to recent Obama administration projections. Most of the uninsured won’t actually face the penalty because they’ll qualify for an exemption, either related to their inability to afford coverage or some other hardship.
For 2015, the penalty is $325 per uninsured person or 2% of household income over the filing threshold. That’s up from 2014, when it was $95 per uninsured person or 1% of household income over the filing threshold.
How generous of our government.
The Obama administration can change the law at will in order to skew enrollment figures for political reasons, but we the people can’t repeal and replace this devastating disaster hitting the middle class.
The HHS claims 11.5 million people signed up under state and federal programs as of February 14, 2015. If that’s the case, why is the agency offering an additional enrollment period unless the actual number is far lower?