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State explores how to counteract end of Obamacare mandate‚ or risk a million more Californians without health insurance

Gerald Kominski, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted in CALmatters about whether California will develop a state mandate that requires residents to have health insurance.

Friday, December 7, 2018

In a scramble to keep people enrolled in health care plans, what did New Jersey, Vermont and the District of Columbia do earlier this year that California has not done?

They began requiring that their residents carry health coverage or face a state penalty for going without it. Such “individual mandates” aim to replace the federal mandate—perhaps the most controversial but essential part of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare —that sought to force people to sign-up for health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The Republican Congress and the Trump administration have repealed that federal penalty, effective next year.

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