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Gavel on book Vermont, Rhode Island and California have all passed individual mandates for 2020, while Connecticut, Maryland, Hawaii, Minnesota and Washington are all considering implementing one.

When the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Individual Mandate provision was reduced to zero at the beginning of 2019, many of the country’s employers viewed it as the end of the requirement. Some states, however, saw an opportunity to stabilize their market and create revenue streams that would support health initiatives within their own borders. In fact, New Jersey, the first state this year to pass its own individual mandate, expects to collect $90 million to $100 million in penalties. The state plans to direct those funds to its new Health Insurance Premium Security Fund, which is designed to help pay the claims of New Jersey residents who are catastrophically ill.

Washington, D.C. also passed an individual mandate this year, and other states are lining up.

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