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Practical Advice about the Health Insurance Mandate - A live chat

Log on this Thursday, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm with your questions about how the health insurance law works and how it applies to you. This is a one hour, live, "how to" guide. All adults in Massachusetts who do not have coverage by 12/31 will be hit with a $219 tax penalty (unless they qualify for a waiver)***. The people answering questions understand the mechanics: who is elligible for which type of coverage, who is exempt, and how to secure a waiver from the insurance mandate.

If you want to post questions in advance, add them as a comment below. We will put them up during the hour and you can check back later for the answer. Please give us your name when you submit you submit a question.

Here are some links that might be helpful in advance:

You can compare insurance options and prices on The Connector's website.

Information about who is eligible for an exemption from the insurance mandate is here.

This is the tax form on which you will be asked to verify that you have health insurance.

***(a revised version of this sentence) “All adults in Massachusetts who do not have coverage by 12/31 will be hit with a $219 tax penalty, unless they cannot afford insurance (pursuant to the state’s affordability table) or they can afford insurance (pursuant to the state’s affordability table), but qualify for a waiver because they experienced a financial hardship in 2007.”

This program aired on November 6, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

Martha Bebinger Twitter Reporter
Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR.

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