California Bill Would Bring Back 'Individual Mandate' Penalty for People Who Don't Buy Health Insurance

TUESDAY, June 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A bill to tax people who won't buy health insurance was passed Monday by the California legislature and now goes to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign it into law.

The measure means that California would again have a key part of the federal health care law that was eliminated by Republicans in Congress, the Associated Press reported.

The bill would reintroduce the tax in California effective Jan. 1., but wouldn't apply to everyone, including people living in the United States illegally.

If the bill becomes law, California would join Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington, D.C., next year in penalizing people who refuse to purchase health insurance, the AP reported.

Also on Monday, California lawmakers passed a measure to provide government-funded health insurance to low-income young adults living in the United States illegally.

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