Jail and prison are different

(AP photo/M. Spencer Green) (AP photo/M. Spencer Green)

Simply going to jail will not get a taxpayer out of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act individual mandate.

Analysts at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation discussed the PPACA mandate incarceration exception in a commentary distributed by Health Agents for America.

PPACA includes many exemptions from the mandate penalty. One of the exemptions frees people who are incarcerated from the need to have coverage.

The Kaiser analysts have answered a question about what would happen if a taxpayer were in jail for four months awaiting trial, and then was exonerated.

The Kaiser analysts note the PPACA incarceration exemption applies only to people who are incarcerated after being convicted of a crime.

The incarceration exemption “does not apply to people who were in jail awaiting trial,” the analysts say.

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