Per­son­al­ized IRS let­ters nudge unin­sured to get cov­er­age

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

If you haven’t signed up for health in­sur­ance, you may soon be get­ting a not-too-sub­tle nudge from the tax­man.

The IRS is send­ing per­son­al­ized let­ters to mil­lions of tax­pay­ers who might be unin­sured, re­mind­ing them that they could be on the hook for hun­dreds of dol­lars in fines un­der the fed­eral health care law if they don’t sign up soon. It’s an un­usual role for a rev­enue-col­lec­tion agency.

Fines are one of the most un­pop­u­lar parts of the 2010 health over­haul, and there’s a high like­li­hood they’ll get re­pealed by Repub­li­cans, even if other parts of “Oba­macare” sur­vive. The ad­min­is­tra­tion is count­ing on IRS re­minders to help sign up as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble be­fore open en­roll­ment ends Jan. 31.

Let­ters bear­ing the IRS logo will be sent to an es­ti­mated 7.5 mil­lion peo­ple who ei­ther claimed an ex­emp­tion from car­ry­ing health in­sur­ance or who paid a penalty for be­ing unin­sured dur­ing the 2015 tax year.

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