Trump Administration Provides Relief to Individual Mandate

Date: April 11, 2018
Location: Washington. DC

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance that will help more people be exempt from Obamacare's harsh and expensive individual mandate penalty.

Per the new CMS guidance, anyone who lives in a region with no or only one health insurer and is thus unable to obtain coverage will be eligible for a hardship exemption from the individual mandate penalty.

"This is good news for my constituents, who initially faced having no health insurance options in the individual marketplace in 2018. Ultimately, my District still ended up with only one healthcare insurer to choose plans from this year," said Congressman Duncan. "Last fall, I suggested to the White House that CMS expand the hardship exemption to cover situations such as what my constituents faced, and I am very pleased the Agency has now done so."

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December 2017 did effectively repeal the individual mandate, but that provision will not take effect until January 2019.

In the meantime, this guidance from the Trump Administration will give people increased opportunities to obtain much needed relief from the individual mandate penalty, one of the worst provisions of the "Unaffordable Care Act."