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Capitol Health Call
July 9, 2014

Fewer People to Face Penalty for Lacking Health Coverage

JAMA. 2014;312(2):121. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8308

Although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) earlier projected that 6 million people will pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate because they lack health insurance in 2016, the latest estimate, which considers recent exemptions made by the administration, lowers the number projected to pay a penalty to 4 million (http://1.usa.gov/1il9Of5). A total of 30 million people are expected to be uninsured.

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