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ACA Individual Mandate Exemption Expanded for American Indians

The Associated Press reports that the federal government expanded American Indians’ exemption from the Affordable Care Act requirement that “virtually every U.S. resident has health insurance starting next year.” The new exemptions will allow anyone who is eligible to receive medical care through the Indian Health Service to ignore the wider national mandate that they have health insurance or be fined by the Internal Revenue Service. This is a shift from the previous policy that would only have allowed exemptions for members of the roughly 560 tribes recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs — now, the thousands of citizens from the “more than 100 tribes” who are only recognized by state governments will also be included in the exemption.

Read the article published by The Associated Press.