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Individual Mandate FAQ

Do I have to have health insurance?

When Vermonters file their state taxes, they must report if they had health insurance (including Medicaid and Medicare) for each month of the year. There is no cash penalty for not having health insurance, but it is important that every Vermonter is covered.  Health insurance can:

  • Reduce the risk of large medical bills;
  • Help cover medications, visits to providers, and hospital care;
  • Help Vermonters stay healthy by paying for yearly check-ups, screenings and immunizations, and other preventive health care.

You can also visit the IRS website to learn more details: