Is there anyone who doesn’t have to buy health coverage?

Yes. People in the following groups don’t have to pay a penalty for not having health coverage:

  • Individuals with a religious conscience exemption (applies only to certain faiths)
  • Incarcerated individuals
  • Undocumented aliens
  • Individuals who cannot afford coverage (e.g., required contribution exceeds 8 percent of household income)
  • Individuals with a coverage gap of less than three months
  • Individuals in a hardship situation (as defined by the Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services)
  • Individuals with income below the tax filing threshold
  • Members of Indian tribes
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