Maryland state lawmakers propose replacement for repealed ObamaCare mandate

Source: The Hill | January 9, 2018 | Jessie Hellmann

State lawmakers in Maryland are looking to replace ObamaCare’s individual mandate, which was repealed by Republicans in Congress last month.

A proposal in Maryland would require people to pay a penalty for not having insurance. The money, though, could be used as a down payment for a health insurance plan.

People would also have the option to pay the penalty and get nothing in return.

If approved, the proposal would take effect in 2020.

The fine would be 2.5 percent of a person’s income or a flat rate of $696 — whichever is more.

The proposal would also automatically enroll uninsured residents who are eligible for Medicaid in the program.

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