Thursday, June 27, 2013

Native Americans Exempted from Obamacare

On June 26th, the Obama administration broadened an exemption for American Indians from PPACA's requirement that virtually every U.S. resident has health insurance starting next year or pay a penalty (I mean tax). New rules clarify that people who are eligible to receive medical care through the federal Indian Health Service will be exempt from the requirement to have health insurance or face fines from the Internal Revenue Service. The Indian Health Service, a division of U.S. Health and Human Services, oversees a network of clinics that are required through treaty obligations to serve all patients of Indian ancestry, even if they cannot document their federal tribal status.