If you don’t have a health plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage, you may have to pay a fee for the months you’re uncovered. (The fee is sometimes called the "penalty," "fine," or "individual mandate".) For 2016 the penalty is the higher of these two amounts: 2.5% of your household income; or $695 per adult ($347.50 per child), up to a maximum of $2,085. You’ll pay the penalty on your federal income tax return. People with very low incomes and others may be eligible for exemptions.

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