Exemptions from health insurance requirement

Every person in the country is required to have health insurance, unless you qualify for an exemption. Some of the ways you may qualify for an exemption include:

  • You’re uninsured for less than 3 months of the year
  • The lowest-priced coverage available to you would cost more than 8% of your household income
  • You don’t have to file a tax return because your income is too low (Learn about the filing limit.)
  • You have religious objections to insurance, including Social Security and Medicare
  • You’re not lawfully present in the U.S.
  • You experienced one of the following “hardships” during the year:
  1. You were homeless.
  2. You were evicted in the past 6 months or were facing eviction or foreclosure.
  3. You received a shut-off notice from a utility company.
  4. You recently experienced domestic violence.
  5. You recently experienced the death of a close family member.
  6. You experienced a fire, flood, or other natural or human-caused disaster that caused substantial damage to your property.
  7. You filed for bankruptcy in the last 6 months.
  8. You had medical expenses you couldn’t pay in the last 24 months which resulted in substantial debt.
  9. You experienced unexpected increases in necessary expenses due to caring for an ill, disabled, or aging family member.
  10. You expect to claim a child as a tax dependent who’s been denied coverage in Medicaid and CHIP, and another person is required by court order to give medical support to the child. In this case, you do not have the pay the penalty for the child.
  11. You were determined ineligible for Medicaid because your state didn’t expand eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
  12. Your individual insurance plan was cancelled and you believe other Marketplace plans are unaffordable.
  13. You experienced another hardship in obtaining health insurance.

See more here.