Not Being Covered Can Cost You

A word about the tax penalty

Not Being Covered Can Cost You

I Want to See

If You’re Uninsured, You May Have to Pay A Penalty

Did you know that the health care law (also known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) requires almost all Americans to have health insurance? To enforce this requirement, the government created a tax penalty for those who don't sign up for health insurance.

About Financial Assistance

You could be eligible for financial assistance that can lower your health care costs and make your health plan more affordable.

Find out if you should apply

So, if you’re not currently insured, what does this mean for you? The amount of the penalty is calculated in one of two ways, and you’ll pay whichever is higher:

  • $695 per adult and $347.50 per child (maximum penalty is the national average price of a Bronze Marketplace plan)
  • 2.5 percent of taxable household income (maximum penalty is $2,085)

If you don't sign up for a plan by December 15, you may have to pay a tax penalty every month you go without coverage. The penalty is taken directly from your tax return. A tax professional can tell you exactly how this penalty might affect you.

Keep in mind that there are some exceptions for those who can't afford coverage or only have a short gap in coverage. Some members of certain religious groups and qualified Native American tribes are also exempt from the coverage requirements and will not be required to pay a penalty. To learn more about these exceptions, you can visit

better TN

Better Tennessee

Better Tennessee celebrates the people and organizations dedicated to improving the health of Tennesseans.

Learn More


Many Tennesseans are already getting assistance. Here's a quick way to find out if you might qualify.

Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator