Low-Income Residents Will Be Exempt From Mandate Penalties In States That Opt Out Of Medicaid Expansion

So far, six Republican governors have opted out of expanding their states’ Medicaid programs under Obamacare, and other governors are likely to do the same. In response, the Obama administration announced that low-income residents of these states would not face the individual insurance mandate. That way, the residents who would have been eligible for Medicaid coverage would not have to pay the federal penalties if they do not have insurance, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told governors in a letter.