Blog: The New District of Columbia Policy to Protect Insurance Coverage

The District of Columbia recently took an important step to protect health insurance coverage by creating a District-specific health insurance requirement.  This is in response to the unexpected termination of the federal health insurance requirement, which Congress narrowly passed last December.  The Affordable Care Act had required that federal taxpayers, except some with low incomes, to have health insurance or pay a federal income tax penalty.  The underlying logic was that this would incentivize more people to get coverage and prevent insurance premiums from rising for the great majori

States Including DC Considering Individual Mandates

Washington, DC, is among the states that began considering implementing individual responsibility mandates to require citizens to purchase health insurance after the Affordable Care Act’s mandate was terminated by the Tax Act of 2017 signed into law last month.  In his role as an executive board member for the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchange, Milken Institute School of Public Health Professor Leighton Ku is chairing a working group exami