New Health Laws for 2020, Including Requirement that Californians Have Health Insurance
Covered California – While a federal court ruling last week leaves the federal individual mandate in legal limbo, Californians are reminded that a state law will take effect on Jan. 1 requiring all Californians to have health insurance.
Californians are encouraged to enroll by Jan. 31 or face a penalty if they choose to go without health care coverage in 2020.
The penalty, which can be $2,000 or more for a family of four, will be applied starting Jan. 1.
The penalty — enacted in state law and administered by the California Franchise Tax Board — remains in place despite the recent U.S. Circuit Court ruling in the federal Affordable Care Act case.
There is new financial help available to eligible consumers, including middle-income consumers who previously did not receive any assistance.