Over the next few weeks, you will explore many of the critical components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Each week, a different provision will be introduced. Your assignments will include researching the provision and explaining the changes that will occur with the ACA.

Individual Mandate

The ACA requires US citizens and legal residents to obtain qualifying health coverage. This week, you will explore the Individual Mandate section of the new health reform law.

Tasks:

  • Explain the Individual Mandate included in the Patient Protection and ACA and include the tax penalties that will be imposed if a person or a family does not obtain qualifying health coverage.
  • Determine who will qualify and what premium and cost-sharing subsidies will be available to individuals.
  • Research the income levels of individuals in your state by reviewing information available on the website www.census.gov. How do you think the Individual Mandate will affect the citizens and legal residents in your state?
  • If you were required to make one policy change or enhancement to ensure success of the Individual Mandate included in the Patient Protection and ACA, what would you recommend?

Submit your answers in a 4- to 5-page Microsoft Word document. Support your answers with appropriate examples and research.

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