Administration Rejects a State’s Request to End Mandate

The federal government rejected the Buckeye State’s request to end the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a letter (PDF) last week that Ohio’s request was incomplete and did not include a plan to ensure the number of people with insurance doesn’t fall.

According to the letter, the state sought to be the first to be rid of the individual mandate as Congress’ 2017 tax law only reduced the noninsurance penalty to $0 and did not completely get rid of the mandate itself.

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